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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Pennsylvania Workforce Development cites a career as a physical therapist assistant as a high-priority occupation. High-priority occupations are job categories that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs, and provide family-sustaining wages. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry predicts the need for physical therapist assistants (PTA) and physical therapy aides to increase 41% through 2022.

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, VA 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail:; website:

This two-year program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree in physical therapist assistant. 

What is a PTA?

A physical therapist assistant works in partnership with physical therapists to provide rehabilitation services for individuals who are unable to function due to neuromuscular disease or neuromuscular injury, or who 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. 

Graduation and job prospects

In the 2012-2014 academic years, an average of 95% of students admitted to the Technical Phase of the PTA program at Cal U graduated from the program.

Additionally, 79% of graduating students in those years passed the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs, and 95% of those responding to graduate surveys are employed. 

Learn more about admissions requirements for the PTA program.

Learn more about internships and career opportunities.