Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant

Program Statistics

Pass Rate on Licensure Exam:


The NWACC PTA Program has a 100% pass rate for graduates taking the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) since 2000. Graduates of all accredited PTA Programs must pass the NPTAE to become licensed to practice.


The national average pass rate for first time test takers of graduates of accredited PTA Programs is approximately 89%.


The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) develops and administers the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTAE) for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. All 50 states and 3 additional jurisdictions use the NPTAE as one factor in the licensure or certification of physical therapist assistants. Accessed June 14, 2007


Graduation Rate

The three year average graduation rate for graduates from 2014, 2015, 2016 was 88%. These graduation rates include both students who withdrew from the PTA Program for personal reasons and students who were dismissed from the program subject to their right to appeal for failure to meet the academic requirements.

Employment Rate

92.5% employment rate (three years) of those students who successfully completed the NWACC PTA program.

Number of Students Admitted to the NWACC PTA Program:

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) limits the number of qualified applicants the NWACC PTA Program can admit per year to a maximum of 18 students.