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.

The role of the Physical Therapist Assistant is to work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. They provide physical therapy services in a variety of settings, including private practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, nursing homes and work settings. PTAs implement components of interventions outlined in the plan of care by the physical therapist, collect data related to interventions and modify selected interventions to progress patients to meet their individual goals. Individual treatment goals are designed to reduce pain, restore function, improve mobility and prevent disability. They provide patient education that focuses on safety, fitness and wellness.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Penn State Mont Alto has successfully prepared many Physical Therapist Assistants following the best traditions of excellence in education which are the trademark of Penn State University. The PTA curriculum is a combination of general education, applied physical therapy sciences and three full-time clinical learning experiences. After successful completion of the didactic and clinical components of the PTA curriculum, students will earn an Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

The size of each entering class is limited so that optimal clinical experiences and practical application situations can be maintained. Students are admitted into the program only during the fall semester and must progress through the program in the prescribed manner. Clinical affiliations are maintained over a wide geographical area. Students may be required to make special housing and transportation arrangements during the clinical phase. In order to accommodate the clinical practicum, this major requires five semesters to satisfy graduation requirements. For the Associate in Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, a minimum of 70 credits is required.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto Campus, 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.

PTAs must graduate from a CAPTE-accredited program and are required to obtain licensure in most states to work. Students seeking licensure as a PTA must apply to the licensing authority of the jurisdiction (state) in which the graduate is seeking licensure and then register for the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

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