Physical Therapist Assistant Schools


To work as a physical therapist assistant in the majority of states,  graduation from one of the around 235 physical therapist assistant schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. Physical therapist assistant training programs are offered through public and private institutions like community colleges, 4 year colleges, universities, and technical colleges.  Physical therapist education programs end in associate degrees and include classroom and laboratory time along with some clinical experience towards the end of the curriculum.  Most schools do have prerequisites but some allow entry and prerequisites to be taken in the first year.  Class sizes are generally limited and according to the APTA report the average planned class size in 2007 was 27 students and the range of classes was 12 to 176. Each physical therapist assistant school has their own requirements for entry.

Physical therapist education programs can include courses in physical therapy including rehabilitation techniques, management of neurological disorders, therapeutic exercise, basic patient care skills, kinesiology, orthopaedics, electrotherapy, and others. The practicum or clinical experience is where students get to put their knowledge and skills in real world environments. The average total number of credits for degree completion required for all programs was 76 in the 2007 report. For students who plan to go further with their career, checking to see what classes will transfer credit to other degrees or bridging programs toward a physical therapy degree.

Cost of Physical Therapist Assistant School

The cost of physical therapist assistant schools will vary depending on the location, size of school, and type of school, rather if it’s public or private. According to the APTA survey for 2007, the average cost for the program for residents at public institutions including tuition, fees, and other cost was $7,816 with a range from $1,360 to $27,712. For the 2009-2010 academic year at Broward College in Florida, the total cost of the physical therapist assistant program was $8,934.72. The estimate total program cost at the private school Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania was $36,904.

List of Physical Therapist Assistant Schools

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Alabama
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Arizona
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Arkansas
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in California
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Colorado

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Connecticut
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Delaware
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Florida
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Georgia
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Hawaii
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Idaho
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Illinois
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Iowa
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Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Kentucky
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Louisiana
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Maine
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Maryland
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Massachusetts
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Michigan
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Minnesota
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Mississippi

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Missouri
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Montana

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Nebraska
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Nevada
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in New Hampshire
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in New Jersey
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in New Mexico
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in New York

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in North Carolina
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in North Dakota
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Ohio
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Oklahoma
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Oregon
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Pennsylvania
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Rhode Island
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in South Carolina
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in South Dakota

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Tennessee
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Texas
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Utah
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Virginia
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Washington
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in West Virginia
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Wisconsin