Top Schools for Physical Therapist Assistants

Physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs are usually offered at the associate level and include study in anatomy, kinesiology and rehabilitation procedures. Graduates of physical therapist assistant programs are positioned to take the National Physical Therapy Exam and to acquire state licensure, if necessary.

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Top Physical Therapy Assistant Schools

1. St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN

St. Catherine University is a private school with campuses in both St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. On its Minneapolis campus, St. Catherine University offers an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assisting degree program. Students in this 2-year program have the opportunity to present at Physics Day, an event in which local high school students visit the college to acquire information about careers in healthcare. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked St. Catherine University 14th among schools in the Midwest.

2. University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN

The University of Indianapolis has an enrollment of over 5,000 students and was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 35th best midwestern college in 2012. The school's physical therapist assistant program awards an Associate in Science degree and is selective in its admissions. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the program spans two years and offers its technical courses in the evenings and general education courses during the day.

3. Louisiana College in Pineville, LA

Louisiana College is a private, Baptist college ranked 69th among baccalaureate schools by Washington Monthly in 2011. The school offers a physical therapist assistant program that culminates in the Associate of Applied Science and entails one year of general education classes followed by one year of technical study. Experiential practicums are required during the final three semesters of study.

Ten Good Physical Therapist Assistant Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
California University of Pennsylvania Admittance to the technical portion of the PTA program is contingent upon academic performance in the first semester California, PA
College of Southern Nevada School offers an honors program Las Vegas, NV
Idaho State University University sponsors an annual healthcare conference students may attend for free Pocatello, ID
Louisiana College Over 90% of students receive financial aid Pineville, LA
Mercyhurst North East Physical therapy training lab includes mechanical lift, hydrotherapy tanks and balance boards North East, PA
Missouri Western State University Over two-thirds of qualified applicants are admitted to the program St. Joseph, MO
St. Catherine University Partnership between physical therapist assistant program and Doctor of Physical Therapy program affords interaction and learning opportunities Minneapolis, MN
University of Indianapolis Physical therapy assisting classes offered in the evening Indianapolis, IN
University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Students use human patient simulator for practical learning Fort Wayne, IN
Washburn University Physical Therapy Club Topeka, KS
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