Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate's Degree

Next program start date

January 03, 2023

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience

PTA Program in Florida and Minnesota

In our CAPTE-accredited3 Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree program, you are not on campus every day or every week. Instead, our concentrated PTA program utilizes informative online courses and innovative, simplified on-campus lab schedules to help you get on the path to this rewarding field faster—in as few as 18 months.1 Online courses consist of organized virtual lectures and activities, giving you the flexibility to work toward your degree without disrupting your busy schedule.

The innovative on-campus lab format features concentrated full-day labs several days in a row, meaning less time commuting and more time practicing in-demand PTA skills. Our immersive labs include focused, uninterrupted skill development and supervised practice with our highly skilled faculty. The PTA program also incorporates clinical site training to give you firsthand experience of the physical therapy industry at a healthcare facility. For full details about our leading-edge PTA program structure, take a look at our Physical Therapist Assistant Lab Schedule.

Our Physical Therapist Assistant courses provide hands-on experience in patient assessment, therapeutic management procedures, communication and critical thinking that allows you to become a key player alongside physical therapists and help improve the lives of your patients. The PTA degree program is also available with $149 self-directed assessments, which allow you to prove that you already have the knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed March 31, 2022] www.bls.gov/ooh/. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  3. Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

    Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Rasmussen University – Hennepin/Anoka is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 763-496-6022 or email Laure.Miele@rasmussen.edu.

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Rasmussen University – Ocala is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 352-291-8552 or email Stacy.Campbell1@rasmussen.edu.

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    Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
    3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
    Alexandria, VA 22305-3085
    accreditation@apta.org
    703-706-3245

    CAPTE is a registered trademark of the American Physical Therapy Association.

After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Prepare for a Fulfilling Career

Upon graduation of our Physical Therapist Assistant program, you will be prepared to pursue a career as a PTA and start helping a variety of patients directly, from the elderly and children to athletes.

Impact the Lives of Others

Graduating from a Physical Therapy Assistant school helps you qualify to work in a variety of clinical settings—skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health and all types of physical therapy offices.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth between 2020 and 2030 for Physical Therapist Assistants is 35%.2 A PTA degree from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Skills

What PTA Skills Will I Gain?

Collaboration

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

Practical Patient Care

Develop one-on-one skills through hands-on training to improve a patient’s mobility and strength, 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.

Continuous Professional Development

Seek out new evidence to support treatment in an evolving healthcare and technology-driven environment.

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Skills-based, immersive curriculum in our Physical Therapist Assistant Associate's degree program will give you a full range of possibilities.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Principles of Musculoskeletal

    • PHT 1200
    • On Campus and Online
    • 5 Credits

    Teaches the presentation of lower quarter musculoskeletal disorders with a focus on evidence-based therapeutic exercises in this region, as well as the structure and function of the lower quarter musculoskeletal system.

    Physical Therapy Practice Across the Lifespan

    • PHT 2600
    • On Campus and Online
    • 4 Credits

    Studies normal human development across a lifespan to prepare for children and aging adults in various practice settings.

    Physical Therapy Practice for Special Populations

    • PHT 2650
    • On Campus and Online
    • 4 Credits

    Studies physical therapy in special populations, including patients with cardiovascular, pulmonary and pelvic health conditions.

19 Courses to Complete

93 Credit Hours

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Enrollment

What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must hold a conferred Associate’s degree from an accredited institution as recognized by the Department of Education, or students must have successfully completed 60 quarter or 40 semester credits with a grade of C or higher.

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Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with self-directed assessments, credit for prior learning, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, corporate grants and military discounts for those who qualify.

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Class Locations

Where Can I Find a Physical Therapist Assistant Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen University, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find a Physical Therapist Assistant program near you.

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Minnesota

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


Student Learning Outcomes

View Physical Therapist Assistant Program Outcomes >

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22305-3085
accreditation@apta.org
703-706-3245

Accredited Programs:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Rasmussen University – Hennepin/Anoka is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 763-496-6022 or email Laura.Miele@rasmussen.edu.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Rasmussen University – Ocala is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 352-291-8552 or email Stacy.Campbell1@rasmussen.edu.

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