Degrees and Programs

Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Information

Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Northeast is dedicated to preparing students to work as valuable healthcare providers who are employable in any physical therapy setting. The program is an intense, academically challenging program that requires hard work and dedication. Engaged teaching and learning experiences promote an interactive learning environment in both lab and lecture. Students are trained with current technology and innovative exercise equipment to simulate realistic clinical settings. In order to complete the training, students must be able to perform the PTA Essential Functions and Physical Demands. Additionally, students are required to complete a physical exam, required vaccinations, tuberculosis screening, a criminal background check, and a drug screen in order to perform clinical experiences during the second year of the program. Program graduates will be well prepared to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for PTAs.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Statistics

Enrollment in the program is limited and based on a selective admissions process. Details for applying to the program can be found on the PTA Application page.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Northeast Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 402-844-7326 or email

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Career Information

Physical Therapist Assistant

Pagliarulo, M. A. (2016). Introduction to Physical Therapy - fifth edition, page 44. St. Louis: Elsevier.

Where do PTAs work?

APTA. (2016, 4 15). Role of a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Does a PTA have to be licensed or certified?

Upon successful completion of an accredited PTA program, graduates are eligible to take that National Physical Therapy Examination-PTA (NPTE). Graduates will also be required to complete a state law examination specific to the state in which they choose to practice. A licensed/certified PTA may gain advanced proficiency in a selected area of work. The Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP) program increases “the PTAs’ knowledge and skill in a chosen area of physical therapy. Content areas are Acute Care, Cardiovascular/Pulmonary, Geriatrics, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Wound Management.” Additional content areas will be added as they are completed.

APTA. (2015). Licensure.

What is the job and salary outlook for a PTA?

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Employment Statistics.

How much money can a Northeast PTA Program graduate make within the first year?

Northeast PTA graduates of 2019 earned an average wage of $21.03 per hour with a reported high wage of $30.00 and a reported low wage of $18.00, according to the Graduates Employment Report.

Courses and Program Options

Physical Therapist Assistant

You have one option available when enrolling in this program of study.