Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

    As a physical therapist assistant, you’ll help people move and function in their daily lives, and assist them in reaching their short- and long-term fitness goals!

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The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares you to become an entry-level licensed PTA. You’ll learn to conduct exercises for mobility, coordination and strength. You’ll also develop skills in manual therapy and physical agents like electrotherapy, heat or cold, and learn to train clients to use assistive devices such as crutches and walkers.

PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Some of the care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients or clients exercises for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes or walkers, using manual therapy, physical agents and electrotherapy. PTAs also observe the patient's abilities and report their observations to the physical therapist. 

Why choose Physical Therapist Assistant at UAA? 


100% job placement rate of Alumni who passed the national physical therapist assistant licensing exam.

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Graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

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Learn from program faculty who have advanced training and experience in physical therapy.


Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

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Program Information

The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements. 


Catalog: AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant



LeeAnne Carrothers

Message from the Interim Director

Welcome to the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant Program! We are excited that you are interested in the program. The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is an integral part of the health care team that implements physical therapy treatment plans under the supervision of a Physical Therapist (PT). We are happy to offer this program at UAA.

The program is a combination of didactic and hands-on lab experiences. It is rigorous and very time consuming. However, it is set up for students to be successful in the clinical environment as entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants. PTA students are taught skills such as therapeutic exercise, orthopedic and neurological interventions, therapeutic modalities, clinical thinking, and the art of patient care. In addition to patient treatment courses, students study the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, clinical pathology, and kinesiology. Clinical experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum in a variety of clinical settings under the supervision of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant, offering students opportunities to practice their skills and critical-thinking processes. 

The goal of physical therapy is to aid patients and clients in their return to maximal function.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant exam through the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy upon successful completion of the program. State licensure is required to practice as a PTA.

-LeeAnne Carrothers, PT, PhD



Contact Us

(907) 786-4346

Physical Address
UAA Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Drive, PSB 146
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Mailing Address
UAA Physical Therapist Assistant Program
3211 Providence Drive, PSB 146
Anchorage, Alaska 99508