How To Become A Physical Therapist Assistant: A Step-By-Step Guide

How To Become A Physical Therapist Assistant: A Step-By-Step Guide

You can become a physical therapist assistant by following a few steps to reach your goal. Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are in high demand in the field of physical therapy. Once you become a certified PTA, you may be able to find a job in the field. 

What does it take to become a PTA? First, you should want to become a physical therapist assistant. Motivation is important for achieving your goals. Then, you can follow the steps below to get closer to becoming a PTA. 

1. Apply to an accredited PTA program 

Before you can begin working as a PTA, you have to complete the required education and training. You will need to apply to a physical therapist assistant program that meets the licensing requirements. 

SABER College is fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE). The PTA program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 

The PTA program, which grants you an Associate of Science degree upon graduation, prepares you for a career as a PTA. Enrolling in the program is your first major step toward becoming a PTA. 

To apply, you’ll need to submit an application, answer interview questions, submit your high school transcripts or proof of GED, and get a passing score at the 11.0 level in mathematics, language and reading on the TABE Test. Learn more about the application process here

2. Complete a PTA program and graduate 

Next, you’ll need to complete the PTA program and successfully graduate. You will take 76 credit hours at SABER College for the physical therapist assistant program. The curriculum is designed to cover the required knowledge and skills for passing the national licensing exam. You’ll also get hands-on experience to be successful in the field. 

Courses in English composition and mathematics are essential for career success in any field, so the first two semesters will cover general education. You will also get to take courses in human anatomy, psychology, and healthcare terminology. 

Core courses in the physical therapist assistant degree program cover your responsibilities, therapeutic procedures, Pathophysiology, and therapeutic exercise. These will be theory courses which often have a lab component. By the last semester, you will be taking the clinical experience courses for real-world experience as a PTA. 

3. Take and pass the PTA licensing exam

After you graduate from the PTA program from SABER College, you can sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTA. Passing this exam means that you become a licensed PTA and can begin looking for work! 

Successful completion of an education program and passing the PTA exam will be the final step toward becoming a physical therapist assistant. Then begin applying for jobs and start your career as a PTA! 

Ready to get started? Begin applying to the PTA program today!