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MEDICAL PROGRAMSPhysical Therapist Assistant

Carrington’s Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students to function as entry-level practitioners under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Carrington Physical Therapist Assistant
REAL-WORLD SKILLS
With hands-on classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.
START YOUR PATH
Earn an Associate Degree and prepare for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for PTAs in as few as 19 months.*
FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPTIONS
Conveniently available at 2 of our Nevada and California campuses.
AFFORDABLE TUITION
Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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Discover What It’s Like to Train to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant at Carrington College

Discover What It’s Like to Train to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant at Carrington College

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Find your path as a Physical Therapist Assistant

Talk to an enrollment services representative about your options and earn your Associate of Science Degree in as few as 19 months!

What Will I Learn

Anatomy & Physiology
Clinical Kinesiology
Clinical Applications

Career Opportunities

Physical therapist assistants are essential to the direct care of patients while physical therapist aides usually help with indirect care such as setting up a treatment area.1

Physical therapist assistants typically do the following:1

  • Observe patients before, during, and after therapy, noting their status and reporting it to a physical therapist
  • Help patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care
  • Treat patients using a variety of techniques, such as massage and stretching
  • Use devices and equipment, such as walkers, to help patients
  • Educate patients and family members about what to do after treatment
Carrington College Physical Therapist Assisting Students practicing therapy exercises

PTA Program Details

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog.

Student Costs

Carrington Boise 2022-2023 Student Financial Fact Sheet
Carrington Las Vegas 2022-2023 Student Financial Fact Sheet
Carrington Mesa 2022-2023 Student Financial Fact Sheet
Carrington Pleasant Hill 2022-2023 Student Financial Fact Sheet

Program Availability

We’re proud to offer our Physical Therapist Assistant program at two locations.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at http://www.accjc.org/.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation approvals, visit carringdev.wpengine.com/accreditation.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Carrington College Las Vegas is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 559-515-4957 or email william.dent@carrington.edu.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Carrington College Pleasant Hill is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 5702-688-43174957 or email dmills@carrington.edu.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Carrington College Mesa is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 480-717-3521 or email anorton@carrington.edu.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Carrington College Boise is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 208-672-0752 or email jbird@carrington.edu.

Student Outcomes

Below is the Physical Therapist Assistant program outcome information for each location. The outcomes are graduation rate, first time licensure exam pass rate, ultimate licensure exam pass rate, and employment rate, all averaged over the most recent two years(2020-2021).
Program Location
Graduation Rate
First Time Licensure
Exam Pass Rate
Ultimate Licensure
Exam Pass Rate 
Employment Rate
Boise
58.3%
92.85%
100%
100%
Mesa
80%
87.5%
87.5%
100%
Las Vegas
83.3%
79.5%
86.3%
94.7%
Pleasant Hill
97.6%
78%
97.5%
87.8%
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Check out our guide on becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants offer help and support to physical therapists in the care and treatment of individuals seeking greater mobility due to injury or illness. Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants treat patients through exercise, massage, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. They record patients’ progress and report the results of each treatment to the physical therapist. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our career guide.

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Physical Therapist Assistant FAQ

What does a physical therapist assistant do?

Physical therapist assistants sometimes referred to as PTAs, work under the supervision of physical therapists to help patients regain movement and manage pain resulting from an injury or illness. A PTA works directly with patients to help them complete exercises and therapies.1

How long does it take to become a physical therapist assistant?

Physical therapist assistants typically complete an associate degree.2 Carrington College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program can be completed in as few as 19 months.

What do you need to be a physical therapist assistant?

According to the BLS, All states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and to be licensed or certified.2 Licensure typically involves passing the National Physical Therapy Exam for physical therapist assistants. Some states require that applicants pass an exam on the state’s laws regulating the practice of physical therapist assistants.

What degree do you need to be a physical therapist assistant?

According to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, physical therapist assistants must have an associate degree from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.3

What does a physical therapist assistant do?

Physical therapist assistants sometimes referred to as PTAs, work under the supervision of physical therapists to help patients regain movement and manage pain resulting from an injury or illness. A PTA works directly with patients to help them complete exercises and therapies.1

How long does it take to become a physical therapist assistant?

Physical therapist assistants typically complete an associate degree.2 Carrington College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program can be completed in as few as 19 months.

What do you need to be a physical therapist assistant?

According to the BLS, All states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and to be licensed or certified.2 Licensure typically involves passing the National Physical Therapy Exam for physical therapist assistants. Some states require that applicants pass an exam on the state’s laws regulating the practice of physical therapist assistants.

What degree do you need to be a physical therapist assistant?

According to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, physical therapist assistants must have an associate degree from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.3

Disclaimer

*Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program. To work as a physical therapist assistant in California, graduates must also pass the California Law Examination (CLE), which relates to the practice of physical therapy.

  1. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm#tab-2
  2. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm#tab-4
  3. https://www.fsbpt.org/Free-Resources/NPTE-Candidate-Handbook/Eligibility-Requirements