Physical Therapist Assistant

Degree Awarded:
Associate & Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Length of Program:
10 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Nov. 15, Feb. 1
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Degree Overview

Students who choose the dual degree transfer option will first complete the Associate of Science in PTA – Transfer Option in as few as four semesters. You will complete courses on-campus where you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on learning opportunities in our Interprofessional Learning Center. During your final semester, you will complete five-week and six-week clinical experiences at sites of your choice to immerser yourself in the role of a PTA.

Following completion of your Associate’s degree, you will begin coursework to earn your Bachelor’s degree in PTA. The online program option takes six semesters to complete part-time, during which time you will attend two on-campus experiences to complete hands-on skills with expert faculty. 

Associate and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Required Courses

Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
EA Core - Ethics, Empathy, and Advocacy 3
PTA 240 - Clinical Practicum III 5
PTA 245 - Clinical Practicum IV 6
Total Semester Hours 14

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
Total Semester Hours 7

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
ST 310 - Statistics 3
PTA 307 - Outcome Measures & Reporting for the PTA 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Total Semester Hours - 121

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2020-21 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.


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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour

Cost per Semester
$7,084 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,542 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Undergraduate Tuition$558 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: On-Campus $20 / credit-hour
Activity Fee $4 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $90/ student
PTA: APTA Membership (PTA 106) $140/ each
Lab Fee (BSN, RT, PTA) $30/ class
PTA: Board Prep Course Fee (PTA 213) $160/ each
PTA: On-campus Experience Lab Fee (PTA 330, PTA 335, PTA370, PTA 405) $50/ class

Career Overview

Median Salary

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Job Outlook

Overall employment of physical therapist assistants and aides is projected to grow 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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