Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant Associate of Science

Become a Physical Therapy Assistant in 2 Years

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The Physical Therapy Assistant program at Cambridge gives students the education and practical training they need to be Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs). Led by highly-qualified instructors, students learn how to rehabilitate patients of all ages and gain in-depth knowledge to successfully work in a variety of healthcare settings.

Throughout the program, students receive the preparation they need to pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for licensing and gain entry-level employment as a physical therapist assistant.

What Is a Physical Therapy Assistant?

Physical Therapy Assistants work directly under the supervision of Physical Therapists. They help patients regain movement, manage pain and recover from injuries and illnesses using therapeutic techniques such as exercises and massage. PTA’s can work with all ages, from pediatric to geriatric patients.

Duties of a PTA may include:

  • Observing and recording patient responses to treatment
  • Review patients’ medical histories
  • Educating patients about physical therapy and injury prevention
  • Developing treatment plans for patients
  • Conducting exercises with patients as part of their treatment plan
  • Using equipment to help patients move, such as crutches or walkers
  • Reporting a patient’s status to the physical therapist
  • Using medical devices, such as ultrasounds
  • Clerical tasks, such as setting up patient appointments

Why Choose Cambridge

As a student at Cambridge, you’ll receive a wide range of benefits by participating in our programs, including:

  • Access to state-of-the-art technology: All of the technology and medical equipment used throughout the program are the latest available on the market. This gives students practical experience using the same equipment they’ll find in real healthcare settings.
  • Clinical externships: Our clinical externships give students real-world experience as a PTA. They provide students with in-depth and hands-on training at local healthcare facilities before they graduate from the program.
  • Exam preparation and academic assistance: Our program prepares students to pass the necessary certifications to become a licensed PTA. Plus, our committed instructors and staff are here to support you with your studies throughout the program.
  • Job placement services: Through our partnerships with local medical centers, our career services department will help you find your first entry-level position through job placement.

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Physical Therapy Assistant Curriculum

Cambridge’s Physical Therapy Assistant program provides you with the fundamental training you need to work in the healthcare field. You’ll learn how to care for patients of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings.

Physical Therapy Assistant Courses
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health science
  • Medical terminology
  • Fundamentals of disease
  • Psychology
  • PTA techniques
  • Growth and development
  • Kinesiology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Administrative procedures
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Physical Therapy Assistant Curriculum in Atlanta

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Physical Therapy Assistant Work Environments

PTAs can work in a variety of healthcare settings throughout their career. These settings include:

  • Private physician offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Schools
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Sports and fitness facilities
  • Nursing care facilities

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What Is the Job Outlook for Physical Therapy Assistants?

Physical Therapy Assistants are high in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the employment of physical therapy assistants is projected to grow 24% between 2021 and 2031. Many job openings over the decade are expected to come from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or retire.

Physical Therapy Assistant Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average annual salary for a physical therapy assistant in the US is $49,180 per year. Depending on your local job market and employer, this number could be higher or lower.


Upon successful completion of this program, students receive an Associates of Science in Physical Therapy.

Program Summary

  • Associates of Science in Physical Therapy
  • 2-year program
  • Focused curriculum in physical therapy and medical care

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Physical Therapy Assistant?

As a PTA, you’ll help patients improve their range of motion, improve their quality of life, and manage the pain that can result from injuries, illnesses and chronic health conditions. Under the direct supervision of a physical therapist, you’ll assist with a variety of techniques including hands-on therapy, electrotherapy and exercises.

How Do I Become a Physical Therapy Assistant?

To become a PTA, you’ll need to complete an accredited program and earn your Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapy. From there, you’ll then need to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for licensing.

What Types of Courses Will I Take?

During your two-year program, you’ll take a variety of courses to prepare you for a successful career as a PTA. This includes learning how to conduct exercises with patients, how to record patient care and how to best assist your physical therapist.

Beyond PTA-specific courses, you’ll also take general education classes to round out your skills in reading, writing, math and communication.

What Certifications Do I Need?

To become a licensed PTA, you’ll need to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. This exam assesses your competence, knowledge and skills in physical therapy.

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