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Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares you for the high-demand field of physical therapy. PTAs are skilled and licensed health care providers who work with and under the direct supervision of licensed physical therapists. Our evidence-based program combines science-based courses with the opportunity to have diverse clinical experiences interacting directly with patients. Your first year provides the foundation of required Health Science courses. Once accepted into the PTA program, your second year curriculum offers a unique blend of clinical, classroom, and laboratory learning experiences. 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, choosing from a variety of different settings. Physical Therapist Assistants are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, overall employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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.

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  • The Mission
    The mission of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) Physical Therapist Assistant 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 Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Physical Therapist Assistant Program will 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 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 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Complying with these criteria and performance expectations ensures that students will receive a solid foundation in the skills needed to be successful Physical Therapist Assistants 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 basic 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.
  • The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares you for the high-demand field of physical therapy. PTAs are skilled and licensed health care providers who work with and under the direct supervision of licensed physical therapists. Our evidence-based program combines science-based courses with the opportunity to have diverse clinical experiences interacting directly with patients. Your first year provides the foundation of required Health Science courses. Once accepted into the PTA program, your second year curriculum offers a unique blend of clinical, classroom, and laboratory learning experiences. 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, choosing from a variety of different settings. Physical Therapist Assistants are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, overall employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    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 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.

    Two Year Outcome Data

    2018 2019 2-Year Average
    Graduation Rate (60% of students who enter the PTA Program will graduate within three years) 93% 92.8% 92.9%
    At least 90% of Graduates Were Employed in Physical Therapy Within 6 Months of Passing the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination 95% TBD 100%
    Ultimate Pass Rate of at least 85% for P.I.T. PTA Graduates Who Took the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination 88.5% 73.75% 81.1%

    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. 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.