Associate Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

Earn an Associate PTA degree close to home at Penn State Mont Alto!

Applications must be received by November 30 for Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Occupational Therapy programs. Are you ready?  Apply here!  If you need to transfer into the degree program from a different one, please use this form.

You want to become a skilled technical healthcare worker who assists physical therapists with testing and treatment of patients. Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) help people who have short- or long-term disabilities recover their physical capabilities.

The PTA program at Penn State Mont Alto includes five semesters of studies—four semesters of course work followed by a semester-long practicum in a health-care setting. This balanced curriculum helps students prepare to support professional physical therapists in patient treatment. Through a combination of science and non-science course work, students gain skill and knowledge in the use of equipment and exercise in physical therapy treatment. Specialized instruction includes anatomy and physiology, kinesiology (the study of human muscular movements), and therapeutic, postsurgical, and rehabilitative procedures.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Penn State Mont Alto is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-706-3245 accreditation@apta.org.  Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by CAPTE is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

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