A Breakdown of the Physical Therapist Assistant Degree Program

A Breakdown of the Physical Therapist Assistant Degree Program

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree program at SABER College prepares you for a future as a PTA. Work toward learning the knowledge and skills you need to get an entry-level PTA job and begin the career you wanted.

Applying for the Physical Therapist Assistant degree program is the first step toward achieving your goals. You will need proof of a high school education or GED, transcripts, and a score at the 11.0 level in mathematics, language and reading on the TABE Test. 

Check out some of the other requirements and start your application today! 

What to expect in the PTA degree program 

The Physical Therapist Assistant degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Students take 76 credit hours and will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTA to become a licensed PTA.

Students will complete 5 semesters of courses that cover general education, medical and physical therapy foundations, and physical therapist assistant core knowledge and skills. Each semester, students take 5 courses in the PTA program. 

General education courses include English I and II and Applied Mathematics. Students also take foundational medical courses like Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Applied Medical and Healthcare Terminology.

Physical therapist assistant core courses include Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant, Therapeutic Procedures I and II, Pathophysiology, and Tests and Measurements. There are also clinicals for hands-on experience with the concepts learned in the theory sections. 

The last course in the program is the Review Course for NPTAE. Prepare for taking and passing the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTA in this course. 

Check out the full curriculum here.  

Get your application in today 

Are you ready to begin working toward your goal of achieving a career as a physical therapist assistant? Start by sending in your application for the PTA degree program today. 

You can download and print the application. Follow the instructions on additional materials that you should submit, as well as the interview questions for admission. We look forward to getting your application!