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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Physical Therapist Assistant

Become a Physical Therapist Assistant Online at St. SWAG视频 University College for Adults

Help patients young and old recover their mobility due to injuries and assist those with other disabling conditions to improve their physical well-being.

Help People Recover and Thrive

As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), you will help patients young and old recover their mobility due to injuries and assist those with other disabling conditions to improve their physical well-being.

St. Kate鈥檚 PTA program was among the first of its kind in the nation, providing students with a thoughtful combination of theory and practical application, along with physical therapy concepts and techniques. Acknowledging the evolving needs of our students, St. Kate's is dedicated to expanding and embracing a primarily online educational approach while upholding its unwavering commitment to educating women to lead and influence.

Completion of the physical therapist assistant associate degree grants you eligibility 鈥 and prepares you 鈥 to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) to become a licensed PTA.

As part of the educational process, you鈥檒l will benefit from a variety of clinical experiences that may include acute care, skilled nursing facility/rehabilitative, or outpatient settings. The program has an extensive clinical network in the immediate Twin Cities area in Minnesota, and nationally.

The PTA degree program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program are housed together, providing you with opportunities for collaborative learning 鈥 blended tutorial learning, cadaver lab reviews, joint service-learning courses, and joint co-curricular activities. This exposure provides PTA and DPT students with invaluable insight into each other鈥檚 roles in the clinical setting.

The newly-redesigned PTA curriculum allows you to complete the program in as little as 19 months. Students may complete required supporting liberal arts courses prior to beginning or concurrently with the PTA major coursework, which is offered one course at a time in a cohort model. New cohorts begin each fall.

We also offer various student support services, including career counseling, internship opportunities, and financial aid.

Program at a Glance

Classes meet: Online, with in-person labs and clinical experiences

Cost per credit (2023鈥2024): $750

Most College for Adults students receive some form of financial aid.

Already have your PTA associate degree? Learn more about our PTA bachelor's completion program.

Accreditation

The physical therapist assistant program at St. Kate's is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Learn more about accreditation and outcomes for this program

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