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 is selective, based on academic credentials. To be considered for admission to the PTA curriculum, a student must possess the following:
- 80 cumulative high school average
- Math A exam with 75 or better, plus additional year of college prep math
- Biology Regents exam with 75 or better
- Chemistry Regents exam with 75 or better
- OR college equivalents of the above courses with C or better; and 2.5 transfer GPA. A student who is just below the grade requirement for one of the prerequisite courses may be considered for admission if they have an SAT score of 1000 or higher (two section total) or an ACT composite score of 21, as long as all other areas have been met.
- Repeating a pre-requisite course will result in point deductions on the selective admissions rating rubric.
- Non-New York State high school graduate transcripts will be evaluated by admissions staff for leveling purposes.
- 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 January with ongoing reviews monthly, until the program is full. 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.
- Physical Therapist Assistants work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitative centers, certified home health care agencies, private practices, and schools.
- According to the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for PTA’s is projected to grow much faster than average, with a 46% projected growth rate between 2010 and 2020.
Students have the option of continuing their studies in the college’s Bachelor of Technology program in Health and Fitness Promotion. Most physical therapy degree programs are now at the doctoral level with many requiring students to obtain a bachelors degree before applying to their graduate program. The BTech program may assist students in meeting admissions requirements for a graduate 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), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com Website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Any persons with an issue or concern regarding the physical therapist assistant program should notify the PTA Program Director at (315) 386-7394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah Molnar, PT, DPT, MSEd
PTA Program Director