About Our Program

Do you want to work with a physical therapist to help people restore and maintain their mobility and function at their best?

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at HFC prepares you for employment as a licensed PTA. PTAs assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in all settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings and nursing homes.

By the time you graduate our PTA program, you will be able to gain employment as a PTA to be part of a health care team delivering safe, ethical, and competent physical therapy services, under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. You will be able to provide patient care components such as therapeutic exercise, functional training and physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound. You may also provide instruction in exercise, proper body mechanics, and other injury prevention and wellness topics.

The PTA program provides you with a unique blend of classroom learning and practical learning experience. You will have the opportunity to apply scientific, technical knowledge and skills gained in the classroom and laboratory to a professional clinical setting. We have a state-of-the-art lab equipped with current physical therapy equipment, including a body-weight support system, the latest electrical stimulation and ultrasound technologies, and a large variety of exercise equipment. In your final semester, you will gain full-time clinical experience in a local physical therapy facility, where you will apply and expand your knowledge, utilize problem-solving and professional skills to the rehabilitation of real patients under the supervision of a licensed PTA and physical therapist.

Interested in our Program?

  • CAPTE Accredited Program
  • Love What You Do
    • Be a part of improving someone’s mobility
    • Physical Therapy Assistants are needed for all ages across the country.
    • Range of locations and work settings include hospitals, schools, fitness facilities and nursing homes.
  • 100% Employment Rate

    100% of HFC graduates who sought employment were employed as a PTA within a year of graduation in 2015.

  • Help people attain or regain the ability to walk
  • 34% more jobs locally

    Job number for Physical Therapist Assistants in 2016 is 34% greater locally compared to the national average.

  • $22.54 hourly wage

    Local median hourly wage.

  • State of the Art Classroom and Lab Setting
  • 28.6% Job Growth

    Job growth expected by 2024 in Michigan.

Featured Courses


Lists the faculty associated with this program and their contact information.
Name Credentials Email Phone
Stephen Pedley
FT Faculty - Physical Therapy
B.S., Central Michigan University*; B.S.Ed., Central Michigan University*; M.P.T., Oakland University* sepedley@hfcc.edu
Cynthia Scheuer
Associate Dean, Health and Human Services
B.A., Oakland University*; M.S., Central Michigan University*; Ed.D., Walden University cscheuer@hfcc.edu 313-317-6575
Christine Johnson
FT Faculty - Physical Therapy
B.S., University of Michigan Ann Arbor*; B.S., University of Michigan Flint; M.P.T., University of Michigan Flint cmjohnson6@hfcc.edu