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Physical Therapy Assistant Career Information

Once you graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapy and pass the NPTE exam, you may find a number of career options to choose from. 

What Can I Do with a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Degree?

Those with an associates degree in PTA have found career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Fitness clubs
  • Nursing homes
  • Pediatric centers
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Colleges or universities
  • Industrial health centers
  • Community health centers
  • Private practice therapy offices

Our graduates work with people of all ages.  Physical therapy services may be offered to individuals with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary or integumentary conditions.  A few specific areas may include children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, and individuals with diagnoses such as as stroke, spinal cord in jury, traumatic brain injury, fracture, carpal tunnel, heart attack or multiple sclerosis.

A career as a PTA is rated by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the fastest growing professions in the country.

Once You Graduate from PTA Program:

After graduating from an accredited physical therapy education program, candidates must take the national exam to obtain licensure.

Other requirements vary from state to state according to physical therapy practice acts or state regulations governing physical therapy. Visit the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) website for more information about PTA licensure.