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Earn Your Physical Therapist Assistant Associate’s (PTA) Degree In As Few As 18 Months.*

If you’re eager to play a hands-on role in helping people regain their strength and mobility, our Physical Therapist Assistant Associate’s program is the way to get there faster.

During the program, you’ll be immersed in a skills-based curriculum built on industry best practices, guided by experienced instructors. You’ll begin taking core program classes your very first quarter in a highly engaging setting. Some General Education courses are even available with our Flex Choice® option, which lets you work at your own pace while also reducing tuition fees.

The program also allows you to benefit from a clinical practice at a healthcare facility to help ensure career readiness. From there, you can take your degree in one of the many rewarding career directions available to PTAs.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree18 Months

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This concentrated program is perfect for confident, independent thinkers. As a PTA, physical therapists will depend on you to help improve the lives of your patients, while also relying on you to function as part of a cohesive healthcare team.

Gain relevant healthcare skills employers seek, including:

  • Collaboration

    Become adept at working under the direction of a physical therapist in order to adjust treatment plans to better serve your patients.

  • Hands-On Training

    Develop one-on-one skills to improve a patient’s mobility, decrease pain, and perform exercises to promote healing.

  • Communication

    Interact comfortably and confidently with PTs, healthcare team members and patients of all ages and stages of care.

  • Commitment to Wellness

    Sharpen your understanding of how limited mobility can affect a patient’s life, and play a critical role in helping people regain their independence.

Our Grads Work Across Industries

Graduates from our School of Health Science programs are working for leading industries, including:*

  • Health Systems
  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • Insurance
  • Local & State Government
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Public & Community Health
  • Social Services

117 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

*Industry information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the industries shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities within these industries will be available.

Program Entry Requirements

To enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate’s degree program, a student must take and pass the School of Health Sciences Entrance Exam (TEAS) with a score of 55 or higher, interview with Rasmussen College and complete a background check.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Physical Therapist Assistant?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for health sciences professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2024)
Physical Therapist Assistant$32,640$44,070$55,17041%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed August 9, 2016] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed February 25, 2016] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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Accreditation
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective April 26, 2017, Rasmussen College – Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Rasmussen College – Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On June 1, 2016, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Candidacy Contingency Plan - Rasmussen College has a contingency plan in place should the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program not receive Candidacy for Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Students enrolled in the PTA program are not eligible to start technical courses until Candidacy for Accreditation has been granted by CAPTE. If candidacy is not achieved, students will be notified of the program status and advised of other programs offered at Rasmussen College.

Accreditation Contingency Plan - Rasmussen College has a contingency plan in place should the PTA program not receive Accreditation from CAPTE. Students who are enrolled in the PTA program will be notified if an adverse decision on accreditation is received by CAPTE, and at that point no new students will be enrolled into the program until accreditation can be achieved.

Students enrolled in the PTA program at the time of an adverse decision on accreditation by CAPTE will be offered the option of completing their current coursework. Students will have the option of remaining in the PTA program until a final decision regarding the PTA program accreditation status is received from CAPTE. Students not opting to stay in the program will receive assistance to identify an accredited PTA program for consideration of transfer.

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