Physical Therapist Assistant

Applications for the Class of 2019 is now available.


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  • 12 Students Selected Annually

  • 100% 2-Year Graduation Rate

  • 100% 2-Year Board Exam Pass Rate

  • 100% 2-Year Employment Rate 

Program Overview

  • 61-credit Associate of Applied Science degree.
  • Competitive, annual selection process for full-major program.
  • The PTA program selects students each fall semester to start PTA courses the next spring semester (January).
  • Can be completed in five (5) academic semesters in full-time enrollment.
  • Full-time enrollment on the UAA Anchorage campus required for full-major program.
  • Graduates are eligible for the NPTE exam.

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. 

Message from the Director

Welcome to the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant Program.  Our program is very challenging, but also exciting and rewarding, as is the profession of Physical Therapy.  The program provides a foundation for graduates to become highly skilled in providing patient services using physical therapy interventions under the supervision of a physical therapist in clinics, hospitals, and many other health care settings.  Students learn the art and science of the profession through classes in anatomy, kinesiology, tests and measures and physical therapy interventions. Students are required to complete full time clinical rotations at physical therapy clinics or hospitals in the state of AK.  Clinics and hospitals throughout the state employ graduates of our program.  We invite you to explore our site to see if the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant Program is the right opportunity for you.

- LeeAnne Carrothers, PT, PhD

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