Prepare for success in one of the fastest growing healthcare careers.
Demand for physical therapy services is increasing. The rigorous physical therapist
assistant (PTA) associate degree program at California University of Pennsylvania
trains you to assist a physical therapist (PT) in providing much-needed rehabilitation
services that improve patients' quality of life.
This two-year undergraduate program prepares you for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and PTA licensure.
High expectations help you achieve more.
High expectations help you achieve more.
Our competitive program ensures top training. A maximum of 26 students will be admitted based upon GPA in the first-semester pre-technical
courses. Additional benchmarks assure the rigor needed for success.
Clinical internships give you the experience you need to excel in your career.
Professors offer open lab hours to review physical therapy techniques and give one-to-one instruction.
In 2016-2017, 90% of Cal U PTA graduates passed the National Physical Therapy Examination
and received PTA licensing.
Employment rates for the classes of 2016 and 2017 were 95% and 93%, for a two-year
average of 94%.
Learn how to work with PTs to implement and monitor comprehensive physical therapy
Perform physical therapy data collection according to the PT's plan of care.
Implement patient interventions.
Make appropriate clinical judgments.
Participate in discharge planning and follow-up care according the PT's plan of care.
Educate and interact with PT and PTA students, aides, volunteers, patients, families
PTA employment opportunities in Pennsylvania are expected to grow 41% through 2022
- a much faster rate than the average for all jobs. Cal U alumni have gone on to physical
therapist assistant careers at:
Area Agency on Aging
Bradley Physical Therapy
MediCorp Health Systems
Greene County Memorial Hospital
Physical Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree
PTA Alumni Faculty Spotlight
Meet Professor Aimee Bosley, a clinical instructor at Cal U. A 2006 graduate of Cal
U's PTA program, Aimee has worked as an outpatient PTA, a treating PTA and a director
of rehabilitation. In addition to teaching, she currently manages a 61-bed facility
about 30 minutes from campus that serves as a clinical site for PTA students.
Make connections and open doors by joining the PTA Club. This student-run organization
helps you get the most out of your Cal U experience. Gain access to networking opportunities,
local and national physical therapy conferences, continuing education, lectures, study
groups and more.
Learn real-life lessons that textbooks can't teach. PTA students gain insight into
human anatomy and physiology through lab work with cadavers - an exceptional learning
opportunity. The cadaver lab is used in courses such as Interventions in Cardiopulmonary
Impairments and Human Anatomy and Physiology II.
Associate Degree Courses
This professional associate degree program combines comprehensive courses, hands-on
lab work and clinical internships. Students gain applied physical therapy knowledge
and techniques, so they are prepared to take the National Physical Therapy Examination
(NPTE) for PTAs.
The Physical Therapist Assistant 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:
email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
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For the classes of 2017-2018, 67% of students admitted to the Technical Phase of the
PTA program at Cal U graduated from the program. Graduation rates for the class of
2017 was 71.4% and 62.9% for the class of 2018. Graduates are required to pass a licensing
examination in order to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The licensing
examination (National Physical Therapy Examination or NPTE for PTAs) passing rates
for the classes of 2016 and 2017 were 95.5% and 84.2% respectively for an average
two-year passing rate of 90.2%. Employment rates for the classes of 2016 and 2017
were 95.2% and 93.3% respectively for a two-year average of 94.2%.