Physical Therapy Assistant Common Questions

Physical Therapy Assistant Associate of Science

Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology offers students a 2-year Physical Therapist Assistant program to prepare students for a career in physical therapy. We provide in-depth and hands-on training in the classroom and in the field to help students gain the knowledge they need for success.

What Is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

Physical therapist assistants provide treatment and services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs work with patients with medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. Each day, PTAs help patients conduct exercises to strengthen their muscles and improve their mobility, strength and coordination.

You’ll also perform various treatments such as massage, stretch exercises and electrotherapy, depending on the treatment plan provided by the physical therapist.

Where Can I Work as a PTA?

PTAs work in a wide range of facilities including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, homes, schools, long-term care facilities, clinics, doctor’s offices and more. You’ll have the choice to work in many different specialties from pediatrics to oncology.

How Much Does a Physical Therapist Assistant Make?

According to Glassdoor, the average base rate of pay is $70,982 per year, with $55,000 being the low-end average and $91,000 being the high-end average. Pay depends on location and your specialty.

How Do I Become a Physical Therapist Assistant?

To get started, you’ll need to complete an Associate’s degree program such as the Associate’s of Science in Physical Therapy degree program at Cambridge. After successful completion, you’ll need to take and pass the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy’s NPTE exam for certification and employment. Once successful, you’ll be ready to enter the field as an entry-level physical therapist assistant.

How Long Does Physical Therapist Assistant School Take?

At Cambridge, our program takes approximately two years to complete from start to finish. Once completed, you’ll need to take the NPTE exam which can take a few months to finalize depending on your schedule and the grading system.

How Hard Is it to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant?

The physical therapy assistant program includes challenging subject matter such as medical terminology, anatomy, health science and more. Just like any degree, this program requires diligence to complete. 

At Cambridge, we give our students the best chance of success by offering hands-on training and support. We offer study assistance for your exam as well as job placement services when you’re ready to enter the workforce.

Can a Physical Therapist Assistant Become a Physical Therapist?

Yes! After you complete your Associate’s degree to become an assistant, you can continue to receive your Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. After completion, you’ll need to complete a DPT or Doctor of Physical Therapy program. If you plan on receiving your DPT, make sure you check with your college or university for specific prerequisites.

Reach Out to an Advisor Today for Answers to Your Questions

Ready to jumpstart your career as a physical therapist assistant? To learn more about our program or for answers to your questions, call us today at 877-206-4279.