Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate Degree Program Manager

About the Program

The Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree program prepares individuals for the high-demand field of Physical Therapy.  Physical Therapist Assistants, commonly called PTAs, are skilled and licensed health care providers who work with and under the direct supervision of licensed Physical Therapists. The curriculum is five semesters in length, with the first two semesters in the Health Science program.   Once accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the last three semesters provide students with classroom/lab courses and clinical education experience using relevant and current practices.  Students are prepared to successfully pass the state-administered National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination after graduation, and can then decide where they would like to practice from a variety of different settings.



Career Opportunities

With your degree you can find a job in:
  • Hospitals
  • Privately owned Physical Therapy practices
  • Rehabilitation hospitals – acute and subacute settings
  • School/Pre-school
  • Home health care agencies
  • Extended Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Wellness/Prevention/Fitness

Curriculum Summary



Semester 1 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BIO135 Anatomy and Physiology I4
ENG108 English Composition3
MOT115 Healthcare in a Trans Cultural Environment3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology3
MOT130 Mathematics for Health Care3

Semester 2 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENG215 Analytical Writing3
BIO136 Anatomy and Physiology II4
MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry3
BIO230 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology4
PSY109 Human Growth and Development3

Semester 3 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PTA130 Diseases of the Human Body3
PTA101 Introduction to Physical Therapy2
PTA221 Physical Therapist Assistant Modalities3
PTA115 Therapeutic Procedures I4
PTA215 Therapeutic Procedures II3

Semester 4 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PTA227 Clinical Practice I4
PTA225 Orthopedic and Neurological Rehabilitations4
PTA229 Rehabilitation Techniques3
PTA233 Special Populations2
PTA231 Therapeutic Exercise3

Semester 5 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PTA237 Clinical Practice II6
PTA247 Clinical Practice III6
PTA249 PTA Seminar2

Semester 1 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BIO135 Anatomy and Physiology I4
ENG108 English Composition3
MOT115 Healthcare in a Trans Cultural Environment3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology3
MOT130 Mathematics for Health Care3

Semester 2 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENG215 Analytical Writing3
BIO136 Anatomy and Physiology II4
MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry3
BIO230 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology4
PSY109 Human Growth and Development3

Semester 3 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PTA130 Diseases of the Human Body3
PTA101 Introduction to Physical Therapy2
PTA221 Physical Therapist Assistant Modalities3
PTA115 Therapeutic Procedures I4
PTA215 Therapeutic Procedures II3

Semester 4 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PTA227 Clinical Practice I4
PTA225 Orthopedic and Neurological Rehabilitations4
PTA229 Rehabilitation Techniques3
PTA233 Special Populations2
PTA231 Therapeutic Exercise3

Semester 5 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PTA237 Clinical Practice II6
PTA247 Clinical Practice III6
PTA249 PTA Seminar2

Program Objectives

The Mission
The mission of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s PTA Program is to graduate well-prepared, professional and responsible entry-level clinicians. The Program provides physical therapy education that is evidence-based. Students are provided with classroom and clinical instruction using relative and current practices. The PTA Program faculty cares about the success of its students, and encourages them to remain life-long learners as they make an immediate impact on the surrounding community and continue to make meaningful contributions to the profession and to society.

The Vision
The P.I.T. PTA Program seeks to develop and produce the region’s most mature, successful, professional, and skillful entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants who will provide exceptional patient care.

Program Philosophy
The underlying philosophy of the P.I.T. PTA Program is to ensure adherence to the criteria and performance expectations outlined in detail in A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Education published by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Complying with these criteria and performance expectations ensures that students will receive a solid foundation in the skills to be successful PTAs under the supervision of Physical Therapists.

The PTA program integrates general education courses and professional course work throughout the curriculum. Students build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in basis courses as they advance through the curriculum. Further, many non-laboratory courses in the PTA Program incorporate both didactic and “hands-on” learning experiences enabling students with different learning styles to acquire the appropriate knowledge. 

2 Year Outcome Data

Two Year Outcome Date 2014 2015 2-Year Average
Graduation Rate
(60% of students who enter the PTA Program will graduate within three years)
N/A* 96% N/A*
At least 90% of Graduates Were Employed in Physical Therapy Within 6 Months of Passing the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination N/A* Pending** N/A*
Ultimate Pass Rate of at least 85% for P.I.T. PTA Graduates Who Took the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination N/A* Pending** N/A*


* P.I.T. received CAPTE accreditation status in April 2015. There were no graduating classes in 2013 or 2014.
** First graduating class August 2015 – ultimate outcomes pending

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


Device Requirements

An integral learning tool in the A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant programs is the use of an iPad that is compatible with the requirements specified by each program of study.

It is the policy of the College that students are required to possess a compatible iPad on the first class meeting of these programs of study. The curricula for these programs include on-line learning, out-of-class assignments, documentation while at clinical sites, learning-outcomes assessment as well as 3-dimensional education applications. Students who do not possess a compatible iPad are at risk of failing individual courses in the program of study.

Students who do not have the availability of an iPad for learning purposes prior to the start of the program of study are encouraged to make an appointment with the Financial Aid Department. In many instances the cost of an iPad may be covered through an individual student’s financial aid program.



Device Requirements
  • iPAD with Safari browser only
Physical Therapist Assistant
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Location Media
Duration 2 Health Science Semesters and 3 PTA Semesters
Tuition Info.
Scholarship Info.


Please Note: This program is selective. Any student interested in becoming a candidate for this program must complete the requirements found in the following information:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.