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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The steady increase of today’s baby boomer generation has produced many career opportunities in the physical therapy field. With Pennsylvania having the nation’s second oldest population, Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry predicts the need for physical therapist assistants (PTA) to increase 15% through 2014.

The PTA program at California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

This program is a two-year associate degree program in which you will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in physical therapist assistant.  Physical therapist assistants work in partnership with physical therapists to provide rehabilitation services for individuals who are unable to function due to neuromuscular disease or neuromuscular injury, or want to improve function via prevention.  Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants provide services to individuals to improve their level of functioning and improve quality of life.

A three-year average (2011-2013) shows 92% of those admitted to the Technical Phase graduate from the program. Additionally, for the classes of 2011-2013, 81% of graduates passed the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs and 98% of those responding to graduate surveys are employed. 

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