Physical Therapist Assistant - A.A.S.

Students in the PTA program complete two years of liberal arts courses, technical coursework in physical therapy, and clinical education experiences. Upon successful completion of the PTA curriculum, students graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree. They are then eligible to take a National Licensing Examination and apply for certification as a physical therapist assistant.

Admission Requirements:

Admission is selective, based on academic credentials. To be considered for admission to the PTA curriculum, a student must possess the following:

  • High School applicants: 80 cumulative high school average; a minimum grade of 75 on NYS Regents exams in biology, chemistry, and geometry/Math A plus one year of additional college prep math; Non-New York State high school applicants: Must have an SAT score of 1000 or higher (out of 1600) or an ACT composite score of 21, in addition to meeting out-of-state leveling requirements for all pre-requisite courses.
  • Transfer or SUNY Canton applicants: 2.5 cumulative GPA; meet high school requirements or have taken equivalent of Introductory Biology, Introductory Chemistry, and Intermediate Algebra with a minimum grade of C. Successful completion of one semester of Anatomy and Physiology can replace one of the science requirements.
  • A student who is just below the grade requirement for one of the pre-requisite courses may be considered for admission if they have an SAT score of 1000 or higher (out of 1600) or an ACT composite score of 21, as long as all other areas have been met.
  • Successful completion of higher level college science and math courses will be given bonus points on the selective admissions rating rubric.
  • Repeating a pre-requisite course will result in point deductions on the selective admissions rating rubric.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement of 300 words or less detailing their reasons for applying to the physical therapist assistant program.
  • Review of qualified applicants will begin in early February with ongoing reviews monthly until the enrollment cap of 24 students is reached. The PTA Program Director has the right to make all final admissions decisions at his/her discretion taking into consideration all aspects of the student's application and academic record.

Students who do not meet the prerequisites may be eligible to enroll in a preparatory curriculum. Completion or admission into a preparatory curriculum does not guarantee admission to the PTA Program.

Career Opportunities:

  • Physical Therapist Assistants work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitative centers, certified home health care agencies, private practices, and schools.
Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-2024 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Career Outlook:

  • According to the 2014-2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for PTA’s is projected to grow 41% between 2012 and 2022. Arm Therapy

Transfer Opportunities:

Students have the option of continuing their studies in the college’s Bachelor of Technology program in Health and Fitness Promotion. The B. Tech program may assist students in meeting admissions requirements for a graduate or doctoral degree program or to enhance employment opportunities in the health and fitness field.


The Physical Therapist Assistant program at SUNY Canton is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Any persons with an issue or concern regarding the physical therapist assistant program should notify the PTA Program Director at (315) 386-7394 or

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Deborah Molnar, PT, DPT, MSEd
PTA Program Director
(315) 386-7394