Program:
Physical Therapist Assistant

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

Length of Program:
10 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Nov. 30, Feb. 1
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Degree Overview

The dual degree in PTA program option prepares you to become a compassionate PTA who will provide safe, ethical and effective rehabilitation services to a variety of patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist (PT).

Incoming students may choose from two options:

Associate & Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant – Traditional Option: The traditional option is for first-time college students or those who have not previously earned an accredited associate or bachelor’s degree. Students begin by completing their Associate degree in PTA in six semesters on campus, on a full-time basis. Upon completion of their Associate degree, students will complete the online Bachelor’s degree program option and attend two on-campus experiences to complete hands-on skills with expert faculty.

Associate & Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant - Transfer Option: The transfer option is ideal for students who have earned an associate or higher degree or 35 credit hours from an accredited university of college. Students will complete on-campus courses and labs to earn their Associate degree in as few as four semesters. Following completion of their Associates degree, they will complete online courses along with two on-campus experiences to earn their Bachelor’s degree in six semester.

Upon successful completion of all your PTA Associate degree requirements, you will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants. As a licensed PTA, you will have the skills to work as an integral part of a rehabilitation team and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Associate and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant - Traditional Option Required Courses

Second Year

Total Semester Hours - 121

Associate and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant - Transfer Option 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
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
Total Semester Hours 5

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 2021-22 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
$620


Cost per Semester
$7,590 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,795 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Tuition
Undergraduate Tuition$620 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $25/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $150/ each
Technology Fee: On-Campus $0 / credit-hour
Activity Fee $0 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $99/ student
PTA: APTA Membership (PTA 106) $140/ each
Lab Fee (BSN, RT, PTA) $30/ class
Lab Fee - General Education $40/ class
PTA: Board Prep Course Fee (PTA 213) $245/ each
PTA: On-campus Experience Lab Fee (PTA 330, PTA 335, PTA370, PTA 405) $50/ class

Career Overview

Median Salary

$59,770
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020)

Job Outlook

Employment for Physical Therapist Assistants is the 7th fastest growing occupation and is projected to grow 33% for 2019-2029.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

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