PTA General Information
Core Program Length
5 semesters (Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Fall)
Day classes are available
Varies, depending on geographic region in the U.S; potential applicants are encouraged to perform computer searches based on their individual plans
Licensure to Practice
Graduates of an accredited program are eligible to take the national physical therapy exam for PTAs, which is an essential part of the licensing process.
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, whose mission is to protect the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice: https://www.fsbpt.org/.
Opportunities in the field of physical therapy exist nationwide.
There are opportunities for increasing responsibilities and pay with experience. PTAs can advance to teaching, research, and administrative positions.
Duties/Types of Employers
Assists a physical therapist (PT) and performs delegated procedures independently under the direction and supervision of a PT. The level of independence varies according to setting, severity of patient illness, and the experience level of the PTA. PTAs may work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes, schools, colleges, etc.