Checkout CAPTE accredited PTA Programs in your state. Just click on your state to see a list of PTA schools available and more information about each individual program.
With over 200 nationwide PTA programs to choose from, a prospective PTA student may struggle finding the right one. Choosing the best PTA program for you is very important to your educational success. Although the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) does not rank PTA programs, quality of education is assured by CAPTE accreditation of the available physical therapy assistant programs.
It is currently required in all states, except for Colorado and Hawaii, to graduate from an accredited PTA program in order to sit for the physical therapist assistant licensure exam called the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
Top 20 PTA Programs in the U.S.
Address – Google Maps
|Pacific University||2043 College Way Forest Grove, OR||(503) 352-6151||pacificu.edu||4.1|
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||(206) 543-2100||washington.edu||4.5|
|University of Puget Sound||1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA ||(253) 879-3100||pugetsound.edu||4.0|
|Texas Woman’s University||304 Administration Dr, Denton, TX||(940) 898-2000||twu.edu||4.0|
|California State University, Long Beach||1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA||(562) 985-4111||csulb.edu||4.4|
|New York Institute of Technology||1855 Broadway, New York, NY||(212) 261-1500||nyit.edu||4.2|
|University of Maryland||8082 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD||(301) 405-1000||pt.umaryland.edu||4.5|
|University of Texas Medical Branch||301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX||(409) 772-1011||utmb.edu||4.4|
|University of Indianapolis||1400 E Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, IN||(317) 788-3368||pt.uindy.edu||4.3|
|Nova Southeastern University||3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL||(954) 262-5551||nova.edu||4.5|
|A.T. Still University||5850 E Still Cir, Mesa, AZ||(480) 219-6000||atsu.edu||4.2|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||2035 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL ||(312) 996-6620||uic.edu||4.3|
|University of Colorado Denver||250 14th St, Denver, CO ||(303) 556-2400||ucdenver.edu||4.3|
|The George Washington University||2121 I St NW, Washington, DC||(202) 994-1000||smhs.gwu.edu||4.0|
|Old Dominion University||5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA||(757) 683-3000||odu.edu||4.0|
|Hampton University||100 E Queen St, Hampton, VA||(757) 727-5000||hamptonu.edu||4.3|
|Eastern Washington University||526 5th St, Cheney, WA||(509) 359-6200||ewu.edu||4.2|
|University of Montana||32 Campus Dr, Missoula, Mt||(406) 243-0211||umt.edu||4.0|
|Sacred Heart University Connecticut||5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT||(203) 371-7999||sacredheart.edu||4.0|
|University of Vermont||85 S Prospect St, Burlington, VT||(802) 656-3131||uvm.edu||4.3|
Comparing PTA Programs
As mentioned before, CAPTE is the accrediting agency for PTA programs. It is crucial that you attend an accredited PTA program so that you can obtain your license to perform PTA work in all states. The APTA offers a database of accredited PTA programs that you can use to learn more about each of the accredited PTA programs available. Keep in mind that only some of these programs offer online PTA courses, here is a list of physical therapy assistant schools online.
Although researching physical therapy assistant programs is the first step, once you have found a few of interest, visiting the programs is very valuable for making your final decision. You can learn a lot about the program to see if it will be the best one for you to meet your educational goals and individual student needs.
Factors to Consider for PTA Programs
There are a number of things to consider when comparing physical therapist assistant programs. Here is a list of some of the most important factors to keep in mind as you search for your PTA program:
- College size
- Pass rates of the licensure exam
- Classroom and lab facilities
- Curriculum and Program Structure
- School expenses and opportunities for financial aid
- Location and campus setting
- Faculty quality (cohesiveness, composition, and how long have they worked together?)
- Available extracurricular activities
- Student body demographics
- Distance from your home
- PTA program’s entering class
- Employability – rate of employment for graduates
- School admission requirements
- Opportunities for clinical education and training
As you take these PTA program factors into consideration, it can be helpful to survey current students as well as recent graduates of the programs of interest. Also, interviewing employers who have hired these graduates can give you more insight to each program’s strengths and weaknesses.
Ready to Find a Local PTA Program?
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) has a list of accredited PTA programs in each state. This is a great place to start researching the best PTA programs for you to consider for your education.