Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Description

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Taylor College will train students to acquire the knowledge, clinical competency and integrity to positively influence their patients and profession. The 72-credit curriculum includes general education and technical physical therapist assistant courses as well as practical clinical experience. PTAs function as members of the health care team providing patient care under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. They provide treatment to patients with various diagnoses to relieve pain and/or improve function. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, rehabilitation centers, school systems, sports teams, home health agencies, skilled therapy facilities and other qualified facilities.

Profession Overview

Occupational Profile

Standard Length of Program

5 Semesters, 20 Months


Associate of Science Degree

Program Size

24 students per program (program offered once a year in January)

Program Courses

Code Course Titles Credits
ENC 1101 English Composition 3
MFG 1107 Math for Liberal Arts 3
PSY 1012 Intro to Psychology 3
HUM 2472 Ethics 3
DEP 2004 Lifespan Development 3
BSC 1085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BSC 1086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PTA 1200 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PTA 1201 Introduction to Physical Therapy Lab 1
PTA 1210 Anatomy and Kinesiology 3
PTA 1211 Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab 1
PTA 1220 Fundamentals of Treatment I 2
PTA 1221 Fundamentals of Treatment Lab 1
PTA 1300 Health and Wellness I 2
PTA 1310 Therapeutic Modalities 2
PTA 1311 Therapeutic Modalities Lab 1
PTA 1320 Fundamentals of Treatment II 4
PTA 1321 Fundamentals of Treatment II Lab 2
PTA 1350 Physical Therapy Clinical Education I 4
PTA 1400 Health and Wellness II 2
PTA 1410 Concepts in Physical Therapy I 2
PTA 1411 Concepts in Physical Therapy I Lab 1
PTA 1420 Fundamentals of Treatment III 5
PTA 1421 Fundamentals of Treatment III Lab 1
PTA 1450 Physical Therapy Clinical Education II 4
PTA 1510 Concepts in Physical Therapy II 2
PTA 1511 Concepts in Physical Therapy II Lab 1
PTA 1550 Physical Therapy Clinical Education III 6
Total Credits 72

*Some courses included in this program are instructed in a distance learning (online) format.

PTA Accreditation Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Taylor College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email:; website:

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physical therapist at work