Physical Therapist Assistant

UAA PTA Graduates 2016

PTA students from our first graduating class in 2015 with faculty members, Dr. LeeAnne Carrothers and Terese Anderson.

Program Overview

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in a healthcare setting as a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA).  We offer a 61-credit Associate of Applied Science degree that can be completed in five (5) academic semesters in full-time enrollment.  The PTA program selects students each September to start PTA courses in January.  Students can start taking prerequisite courses in any semester.

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What is a PTA?

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 such as ultrasound.  PTAs also observe the patient's abilities and report their observations to the physical therapist. 

Applications are closed for the Class of 2017

Our annual selection process has concluded for our Class of 2017.  Our next start date for the PTA program will be in January 2018 (December 2018 graduation).  Stay tuned for information on the the upcoming application process.