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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.

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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.

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Two Year Outcome Data

 201720182-Year Average
Graduation Rate
(60% of students who enter the PTA Program will graduate within three years)
At least 90% of Graduates Were Employed in Physical Therapy Within 6 Months of Passing the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination100%TBD100%
Ultimate Pass Rate of at least 85% for P.I.T. PTA Graduates Who Took the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination100%90.5%95%


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.

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Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings and specialties under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Student Success Story
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Emma Howell Physical Therapist Assistant Graduated: May 2017

Inspired by many people, Emma Howell found selecting a few difficult. Emma’s parents demonstrated selfless living, loving God, sacrifice, and hard work. They encouraged giving your best and depending on God. Emma’s siblings inspired her in handling life’s challenges. Emma’s interest in physical therapy developed during treatment for chronic knee issues. It grew when Physical Therapist Scott Voshell allowed her to observe him working. Emma considered a military career, but everything pointed to PT. God opened the door and Emma knew this college and career were for her. Homeschooled, Emma found her fixed schedule difficult. She limited social outings and side jobs to focus on studies. Her biggest challenge? Keeping priorities straight. Assignments, tests, and practicals required attention and made meeting her commitments to serving Christ and her family difficult. After graduating and passing the boards, Emma hopes to work in a hospital or PT clinic, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. She dreams of using PT in ministry.

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