Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Applied Science

Physical therapy involves helping patients improve their mobility, relieve pain, and prevent permanent disability to bones, muscles, and tissues. Physical therapist assistants are part of a professional healthcare team that includes physical and occupational therapists, nurses, and doctors.

Scholarships available – and one might have your name on it

The program provides a high-quality education for students to develop the skills to work as a licensed PTA under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist. Students complete three full-time clinical rotations in a variety of placement sites including school-based therapy, outpatient settings, and in-patient acute and rehabilitation settings.

Physical therapist assistant program is no longer accepting applications for admission.

A Quality Education

Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the licensure exam, which is necessary to obtain a state license and to practice as a PTA.

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Career Opportunities

Physical Therapist Assistant


24 Months

if Full Time

6 Semesters70.5 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

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+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

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24 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

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The program is fortunate to have qualified faculty, especially the adjunct faculty, who have vast experience and who practice in various settings. They bring their unique clinical experience into the classroom.

Julie Feeny, Professor, Health Careers

How Do I Get Into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program?

Physical therapist assistant program is no longer accepting applications for admission.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is an excellent entry point to work in physical therapy without the huge debt of a doctorate program. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy.
  2. Submit health science application.
  3. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  4. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  5. High school coursework in English, math, science, and computer keyboarding is beneficial.
  6. Upon program acceptance, applicants will have to complete a drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, physical exam, and immunizations.

What Can I Expect As a Physical Therapist Assistant Student?

Program Outcomes

Class ofGraduation RateEmployment (for those responding to surveys)Exam Pass Rate First TimeExam Pass Rate Ultimate (all)
2-year average86%100%71%95%


This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) American Physical Therapy Association  3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; (703) 706-3245; email: [email protected]; website:

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