The information below is for those who are interested in becoming a physical therapist assistant. We will show how this can be done and why the job is growing and is a great choice for an allied health career!

Bls.gov shows a 30% for physical therapy assistants (PTA). This is a great growth percentage!! We will cover salary details and job information later in the article.

Lets get started on describing the field as a whole and showing you the steps and details for becoming a PTA!

What does a Physical Therapist Assistant do?

PTs or Physical Therapists assist the sick and injured to improve movements and manage overall ans specific pain. The are integral to treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and chronic conditions.

(PTAs) Physical therapist assistants work directly for and under the supervision of physical therapists. They do a vast array of duties. Be it assisting the patient in an exercise or movement, setting up an area or facility or clerical work they are the “Jack of all Trades” in the physical therapy environment. This is key to growing from a PTA to possibly becoming a PT.

Below we get in to much more detail about the specific duties of the jobs.

Core Duties of a Physical Therapy Assistant

Below are the most common tasks for physical therapy assistants.

Observe patients before, during, and after therapy, noting status to PT.
Help patients with exercises
Treat patients (massage, stretches)
Use equipment to help patients
Educate patients and their families about what to do after patient treatment
Clean treatment areas/set up any necessary therapy equipment
Assists patients moving to or from therapy area if it is needed
Wash all linens
Clerical duties

What is the process to become a Physical Therapist Assistant?

The four core steps to becoming a PTA are detailed below. We cover it from start to finish! Lets get started!

STEP 1 – Have Your High School Diploma

The first step to being eligible to become a physical therapy assistant you need to have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

STEP 2 – Enroll in to a Physical Therapy Assisting Program

All PTAs need to have an associates degree from an accredited program. Below is a list of all the accredited PTA programs. PTA Programs are usually about 2 years in length. Your coursework will include English, anatomy, physiology, algebra and even psychology. Assistants will in most cases also get hands-on training with supervised clinical work. (CPR), basic life support (BLS), and other first-aid skills are also taught with certifications being available for each.

Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools

The list below represents what we think is the best list of PTA training options you can find. We focus on accreditation, nights and weekend classes and work experience credits.

School Name and Website / Program Type / Address

Albany State University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 504 College Drive, Albany, Georgia 31705
Allegany College of Maryland / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 12401 Willowbrook Rd SE, Cumberland, Maryland 21502-2596
Amarillo College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, Texas 79109
American Career College-Anaheim / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1200 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, California 92801-0000
Anne Arundel Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 101 College Pky, Arnold, Maryland 21012-1895
Anoka-Ramsey Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 11200 Mississippi Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433-3470
Arapahoe Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002
Arkansas State University-Main Campus / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2105 E. Aggie Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
Arkansas Tech University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222
Athens Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, Georgia 30601
Atlanta Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Atlantic Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4700 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, Florida 33063-3902
Augusta Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906
Austin Community College District / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, Texas 78752
Baker College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1050 West Bristol Road, Flint, Michigan 48507-5508
Baltimore City Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215-7893
Bay State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 122 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Berkshire Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201-5786
Big Sandy Community and Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1 Bert Combs Dr, Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653
Bishop State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 351 North Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36603-5898
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403
Bossier Parish Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6220 East Texas, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
Briar Cliff University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51104
Brightwood College-Dallas / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 12005 Ford Road, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75234
Brookline College-Phoenix / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Broward College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 111 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Bryant & Stratton College-Parma / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 12955 Snow Rd, Parma, Ohio 44130-3151
Bryant & Stratton College-Southtowns / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / Sterling Park – 180 Redtail Rd., Orchard Park, New York 14127
Bryant & Stratton College-Syracuse / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 953 James St, Syracuse, New York 13203-2502
Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 10950 W Potter Road, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1415 N. 7th Street, Fort Cobb, Oklahoma 73038-0190
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2855 Hickory Boulevard, Hudson, North Carolina 28638
California Baptist University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, California 92504-3297
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1080 S. Silver Springs Rd., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703-7511
Carl Albert State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1507 S McKenna, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953-5208
Carrington College-Boise / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1122 N. Liberty St., Boise, Idaho 83704-8742
Carrington College-Las Vegas / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5740 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 140, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Carrington College-Mesa / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1001 W. Southern Ave., Ste. 130, Mesa, Arizona 85210
Carrington College-Pleasant Hill / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 380 Civic Dr., Ste. 300, Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Carroll Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, Maryland 21157
Casa Loma College-Van Nuys / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6725 Kester Ave, Van Nuys, California 91405
CBD College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3699 Wilshire Blvd., Fourth Floor, Los Angeles, California 90010
Cecil College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / One Seahawk Drive, North East, Maryland 21901-1999
Central Penn College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / College Hill & Valley Rds, Summerdale, Pennsylvania 17093-0309
Central Piedmont Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Cerritos College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, California 90650-6298
Chattahoochee Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Chattanooga State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4501 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37406-1097
Clark State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 570 E Leffel Ln, Springfield, Ohio 45501-0570
Clovis Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 417 Schepps Blvd, Clovis, New Mexico 88101-8381
Colby Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1255 S Range, Colby, Kansas 67701
College of Central Florida / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, Florida 34474
College of DuPage / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
College of Southern Nevada / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164
Columbus State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 550 E Spring St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572
Community College of Rhode Island / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 400 East Ave, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807
Concorde Career College-Aurora / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 111 N. Havana Street, Aurora, Colorado 80010-4314
Concorde Career College-Dallas / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 12606 Greenville Ave Ste 130, Dallas, Texas 75243
Concorde Career College-Garden Grove / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 12951 Euclid Street, Suite 101, Garden Grove, California 92840-9201
Concorde Career College-Kansas City / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3239 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2407
Concorde Career College-Memphis / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132, Memphis, Tennessee 38137-0132
Concorde Career College-North Hollywood / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 12412 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91606-3134
Concorde Career College-San Antonio / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4803 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78229
Concorde Career College-San Diego / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, California 92113-1964
Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 7259 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32256-6905
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 10933 Marks Way, Miramar, Florida 33025
Connors State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 700 College Road, Warner, Oklahoma 74469
Craven Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 800 College Ct, New Bern, North Carolina 28562-4900
CUNY LaGuardia Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, New York 11101
Cuyahoga Community College District / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
Daymar College-Clarksville / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2691 Trenton Road, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
Daytona State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Del Mar College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-3897
Delgado Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Dixie State University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 225 S University Avenue, Saint George, Utah 84770-3876
ECPI University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5555 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Edison State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1973 Edison Dr, Piqua, Ohio 45356-9239
El Paso Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 9050 Viscount Blvd, El Paso, Texas 79925
Essex County College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 303 University Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07102
Fayetteville Technical Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303-0236
Flathead Valley Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, Montana 59901
Florida Gateway College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / Highway 90 East, Lake City, Florida 32025-2007
Florida National University-Main Campus / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue, Hialeah, Florida 33012
Florida State College at Jacksonville / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 501 W State St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5414 Brittany Dr, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
George C Wallace Community College-Dothan / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, Alabama 36303-9234
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 801 Main St NW, Hanceville, Alabama 35077-2000
Germanna Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2130 Germanna Hwy, Locust Grove, Virginia 22508-2102
Great Falls College Montana State University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405
Greenville Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, South Carolina 29606
Guilford Technical Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
Gulf Coast State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, Florida 32401
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2121 S El Camino Real Bldg C 200, San Mateo, California 94403
Harcum College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 750 Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010-3470
Hawkeye Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1501 E Orange Rd, Waterloo, Iowa 50701
Henry Ford College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5101 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1495
Herzing University-Brookfield / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 555 S Executive Dr, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005
Herzing University-Winter Park / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1865 SR 436, Winter Park, Florida 32792
Hodges University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2647 Professional Circle, Naples, Florida 34119-8098
Housatonic Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604-4704
Houston Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Howard Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland 21044-3197
Hutchinson Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1300 N Plum St, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
Idaho State University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
Illinois Central College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1 College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois 61635-0001
Indian River State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596
Iowa Western Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-1057
Ivy Tech Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
Jackson State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2046 North Pky, Jackson, Tennessee 38301-3797
James A Rhodes State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4240 Campus Dr, Lima, Ohio 45804
Jefferson College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, Missouri 63050-2440
Jefferson College of Health Sciences / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 101 Elm Avenue SE, Roanoke, Virginia 24013
Jefferson State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2601 Carson Rd, Birmingham, Alabama 35215-3098
John C Calhoun State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6250 U S Highway 31 N, Tanner, Alabama 35671
Johnson College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3427 N Main Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18508-1495
Kansas City Kansas Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 7250 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66112
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Kennebec Valley Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 92 Western Ave, Fairfield, Maine 04937-1367
Kirkwood Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
Labette Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 200 S 14th, Parsons, Kansas 67357-4201
Lake Area Technical Institute / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
Lake Land College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, Illinois 61938
Lake Washington Institute of Technology / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington 98034-8506
Lanier Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30507
Laramie County Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007-3299
Lehigh Carbon Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4525 Education Park Dr, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania 18078-2598
Lone Star College System / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381-4399
Macomb Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 14500 E Twelve Mile Rd, Warren, Michigan 48088-3896
Madison Area Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1701 Wright Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
Madisonville Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2000 College Drive, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431
Manchester Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / Great Path, Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Marion Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1467 Mount Vernon Ave, Marion, Ohio 43302-5694
Martin Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1161 Kehukee Pk Rd, Williamston, North Carolina 27892-9988
McLennan Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1400 College Dr, Waco, Texas 76708
Mercer County Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, New Jersey 08550-3407
Mercy College of Health Sciences / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 928 Sixth Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239
Mercyhurst University-North East Campus / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 16 W Division St, North East, Pennsylvania 16428
Meridian Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, Mississippi 39307-5801
Miami Dade College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132-2204
Mid Michigan College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1375 S Clare Ave, Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447
Midlands Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170-2176
Milwaukee Area Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 700 W State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
Mineral Area College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5270 Flat River Road, Park Hills, Missouri 63601-1000
Missouri Western State University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4525 Downs Dr, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507
Montgomery College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Morton College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, Illinois 60804-4398
Mount Aloysius College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 7373 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson, Pennsylvania 16630-1999
Mount Wachusett Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 444 Green St, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440-1000
Mountwest Community and Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / One Mountwest Way, Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Murray State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / One Murray Campus, Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460
Nassau Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / One Education Dr, Garden City, New York 11530-6793
Navarro College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3200 W 7th Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110
New England Institute of Technology / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818-1205
New River Community and Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 280 University Drive, Beaver, West Virginia 25813-8987
North Central State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, Ohio 44901-0698
North Idaho College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2199
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54307-9042
Northern Virginia Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
NorthWest Arkansas Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / One College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712-5091
Northwestern University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 633 Clark St, Evanston, Illinois 60208
Norwalk Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06854
Oakton Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1600 E Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-1268
Ocean County College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / College Drive, Toms River, New Jersey 08754-2001
Odessa College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 201 W University Blvd, Odessa, Texas 79764
Ohlone College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont, California 94539-0390
Olympic College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, Washington 98337-1699
Onondaga Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York 13215-4585
Orange County Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 115 South St, Middletown, New York 10940
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3250 Saint Matthews Rd, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118-8299
Ozarks Technical Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802
Pearl River Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 101 Hwy 11 N, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 800 Manchester Ave, Media, Pennsylvania 19063-4098
Pensacola State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, Florida 32504-8998
Piedmont Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 620 North Emerald Road, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646
Prince George’s Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 301 Largo Rd, Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
Professional Skills Institute / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1505 Holland Road, Maumee, Ohio 43537
Provo College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1450 W 820 N, Provo, Utah 84601
Pueblo Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499
Quincy College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
Remington College-Cleveland Campus / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 14445 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44125-1957
River Valley Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1 College Place, Claremont, New Hampshire 03743-9707
Riverside College of Health Careers / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 316 Main Street, Newport News, Virginia 23601
Roane State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee 37748
Saint Louis Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3221 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, Missouri 63044
Salt Lake Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
San Diego Mesa College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 7250 Mesa College Dr, San Diego, California 92111-4998
San Jacinto Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, Texas 77505
San Juan College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4601 College Blvd, Farmington, New Mexico 87402-4699
Santa Fe College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Gainesville, Florida 32606-6210
Seminole State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2701 Boren Blvd, Seminole, Oklahoma 74868-1901
Seminole State College of Florida / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32773-6199
Siena Heights University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, Michigan 49221
Somerset Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 808 Monticello Street, Somerset, Kentucky 42501-2973
South Arkansas Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010
South College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3904 Lonas Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37909-0000
South Plains College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1401 S. College Ave, Levelland, Texas 79336
South Texas College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3201 W Pecan, McAllen, Texas 78502-9701
South University-Austin / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1220 West Louis Henna Boulevard, Round Rock, Texas 78681-2300
South University-Cleveland / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4743 Richmond Rd, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
South University-Columbia / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 9 Science Court, Columbia, South Carolina 29203
South University-Montgomery / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5355 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery, Alabama 36116
South University-Novi / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 41555 W 12 Mile Rd, Novi, Michigan 48377
South University–Richmond / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2151 Old Brick Rd, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
South University-Savannah / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 709 Mall Blvd, Savannah, Georgia 31406
South University-Tampa / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4401 N Himes Ave, Suite 175, Tampa, Florida 33614-7095
South University–Virginia Beach / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 301 Bendix Rd, Ste 100, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
South University-West Palm Beach / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 9801 Belvedere Road, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 700 College Rd, Cumberland, Kentucky 40823
Southeastern Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3001 E First St, Vidalia, Georgia 30474
Southern Adventist University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4881 Taylor Cir, Collegedale, Tennessee 37315-0370
Southwest Tennessee Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 737 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, Wisconsin 53809-9778
Southwestern Illinois College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, Illinois 62221-5899
Southwestern Oklahoma State University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 100 Campus Dr, Weatherford, Oklahoma 73096-3001
Spokane Falls Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3410 W Fort George Wright Dr, Spokane, Washington 99224-5288
Springfield Technical Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1 Armory Sq, Springfield, Massachusetts 01105-1296
St Catherine University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
St Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1297 North Highway Drive, Fenton, Missouri 63026
St Petersburg College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6021 142nd Ave N, Clearwater, Florida 33760-2822
St Philip’s College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78203-2098
Stanbridge University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2041 Business Ctr Dr Ste 107, Irvine, California 92612
Stark State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, Ohio 44720
State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34207
State Fair Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 3201 W 16th Street, Sedalia, Missouri 65301-2199
Suffolk County Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 533 College Rd, Selden, New York 11784-2899
SUNY Broome Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 907 Upper Front St, Binghamton, New York 13905
Surry Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 630 S. Main St., Dobson, North Carolina 27017-8432
Tarrant County College District / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1500 Houston St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6524
Technical College of the Lowcountry / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, South Carolina 29901-1288
Terra State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont, Ohio 43420-9670
Texas Health School / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 11211 Katy Fwy Ste 170, Houston, Texas 77079
The College of Health Care Professions-Austin / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6330 E. Highway 290 Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78723
The College of Health Care Professions-Dallas / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 8585 N. STEMMONS FREEWAY, SUITE 300, NORTH TOWER, Dallas, Texas 75247
The College of Health Care Professions-McAllen Campus / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1917 W. Nolana Ave Suite 100, McAllen, Texas 78504-4398
The College of Health Care Professions-San Antonio / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4738 N. W. Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78229
The College of Health Care Professions-Southwest Houston / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 7322 SOUTHWEST FREEWAY SUITE 100, Houston, Texas 77074
Three Rivers College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2080 Three Rivers Blvd, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Tidewater Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 121 College Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Touro College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 500 7th Avenue, New York, New York 10018
Trident Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
Tulsa Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 6111 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-6198
Union County College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016-1528
University of Evansville / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47722
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2701 Spring St, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808-3994
Victoria College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 2200 E Red River, Victoria, Texas 77901
Vincennes University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1002 N First St, Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Volunteer State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066-3188
Walters State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 500 South Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, Tennessee 37813-6899
Washburn University / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
Washington State Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, Ohio 45750
Washtenaw Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800
Weatherford College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, Texas 76086-5699
West Kentucky Community and Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42002-7380
Western Iowa Tech Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
Western Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 9451 Diana Drive, El Paso, Texas 79924
Western Technical College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Whatcom Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 237 W Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, Washington 98226
Wytheville Community College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1000 E Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382-3308
Zane State College / Phtsical Therapy Assisting / 1555 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701-2626

Step 3 – Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam

All states require certification for their physical therapy assistants. The exam is called the NPTE given at a national level by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. To be successful for the NPTE exam it is recommended you follow a few guidelines. We detail them below for you.

1 – Preparation for the Exam – (see here for tips).

2 – Take Care of all Your Pre-examination Requirements – Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time and have two forms of acceptable identification with you. These forms of ID are a currently valid, government-issued photo ID and another piece of identification which is pre-printed with your name and containing your signature on it.This can be a credit card for example.

3 – Tips for the Day of the Exam – Candidates are allowed 5 hours for the PT examination and 4 hours for the PTA examination. The exams has have 250 questions for PTs and 200 questions for PTAs. The time limit is for test taking time and you are allowed two 15 minute breaks during your test that will not take away from your overall time limit. Candidates are not permitted to bring anything into the testing room other than their identification and locker key. Food/beverages are not permitted in the testing room and lockers are provided to candidates to store their personal items while they are testing. Wear comfortable clothes (Use layers in case of temp changes) and be ready mentally for a grueling long examination of your education.

The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

The FSBPT has a licensure compact between states that allows those who are certified in the states in the compact to work across state lines without having to re-certify in those states. For more details about the compact see this informative breakdown from the FSBPT here. The states currently in the compact enacting full licensure are Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Utah and legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania. Many other states are in the process of and have legislation for the compact to be made law in their states.

Step 4 – Get your Physical Therapy Certification for your State

After successfully passing the certification exam you may have to pass a background check in most states. Once you have done that you will have all you need for PTA certification!

About Physical Therapist Assistant Salary

Physical therapy assisting is growing at a wonderful rate of 30%! This is a great rate of growth for the field as a whole. Bls.gov has many statistics that back this up below.

What is the average salary for a Physical Therapist Assistant?

According to bls.gov the average salary is $46,920 per year and hourly pay is $22.56 per hour.

PTA salary by state

State NameHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama26.4555020
Alaska29.4061150
Arizona26.4855070
Arkansas27.1756510
California29.2260780
Colorado25.3752780
Connecticut29.5561470
Delaware27.4757140
Florida30.1562710
Georgia25.9553980
Hawaii26.9055960
Idaho21.1243920
Illinois27.7757750
Indiana26.8355800
Iowa22.8847590
Kansas25.5053040
Kentucky26.0554180
Louisiana22.7347270
Maine24.5050960
Maryland28.1558540
Massachusetts30.0062400
Michigan25.7753610
Minnesota25.6553350
Mississippi23.2748400
Missouri25.6453330
Montana22.3246430
Nebraska21.5944920
Nevada30.4063230
New Hampshire28.5459360
New Jersey32.6967990
New Mexico23.6749230
New York26.5755260
North Carolina28.3859030
North Dakota22.6147020
Ohio28.0458330
Oklahoma29.5061350
Oregon28.5859440
Pennsylvania25.0552100
Rhode Island29.5461450
South Carolina26.8755900
South Dakota19.7541080
Tennessee28.0258280
Texas33.8770450
Utah24.9951990
Vermont25.3652740
Virginia28.6059500
Washington27.6057420
West Virginia23.8149520
Wisconsin24.8751730
Wyoming25.4652950

Source: www.bls.gov

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