Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Faculty Contact Info

Ashley Prentice
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director

Associates Science Center Room 119

Brian Vaughn
Director of Clinical Education

Associates Science Center Room 120


Mission Statement

The mission of Freed-Hardeman University’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to equip students with an education that integrates Christian faith, scholarship, and service in order to provide holistic healthcare services to individuals and communities throughout the world. By growing in knowledge through dedicated faculty and a comprehensive curriculum focused on contemporary practice, the program will prepare graduates to serve as competent and ethical physical therapists assistants working under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. 

The mission of the PTA program supports the University’s mission in that it exists to provide an excellent healthcare education permeated with Christian values whose graduates are morally and spiritually prepared to provide safe, evidence-based contemporary care and render professional services to individuals, churches, communities, and the world.



CAPTE Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


Freed-Hardeman University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on March 1, 2022. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in the program courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. 


If any involved party would like to file a complaint with CAPTE, the complaint can be mailed to 

3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085, emailed to, or call (703) 706-3245 to file a verbal complaint.




If a complaint falls outside of due process, complaints regarding the program should be first addressed to the PTA Program Director, Dr. Ashley Prentice. Dr. Prentice may be contacted at or by phone at 731-989-6097.

Unresolved complaints or complaints about the PTA Program Director should be directed to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences , Dr. LeAnn Davis. Dr. Davis may be reached at or by phone at 731-989-6931.

All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility. All complaints will be stored in a locked filing cabinet located in the program director’s office.

Complaints regarding Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission for Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22305.

No retaliation will occur by the program or university to any individual filing a complaint regarding Freed-Hardeman University’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program or the faculty that staff the program.