A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Are you interested in a rewarding career? Do you like to help people? Our program is designed to prepare students to function as Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) who work directly with patients under the direction of a physical therapist. Students gain the knowledge of how and why difficulties in movement occur, how to improve mobility, relieve pain and how to prevent or limit physical disability through the use of therapeutic techniques.

With the proper physical therapist assistant training, PTAs can work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient facilities, school systems, home health or skilled nursing facilities.

Program Quick Facts

Award Level AAS Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant
Core Program Length 14 Months (62 weeks)
Core Program Hours 51 credit hours
Program Tuition $34,700 (estimated) not including books
Start Date (Downtown) for the set of core courses At this time we are not starting a new cohort of students.


Length Tuition
14 Months (62 weeks) $34,700
Length 14 Months (62 weeks)
Tuition $34,700

Course List & Description

Courses Credit Hours
ENG 121 English Composition 3
MED 111 Anatomy and Physiology 3
GEN 112 Business Communication 3
GEN 115 Medical Ethics 3
GEN 116 General Psychology 3
GEN 120 General Physics 3
MED 121 Introduction to Pathology 3
MED 211 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 3

Courses Credit Hours
PTA 111 Introduction to PTA 2
PTA 112 PT Conditions I 5
PTA 113 Interventions I 5
PTA 114 Professional Issues I 1
PTA 115 Documentation I 1
PTA 116 Clinical Kinesiology 4
PTA 117 Clinical Education I 7
PTA 212 PT Conditions II 5
PTA 213 Interventions II 5
PTA 214 Professional Issues II 1
PTA 215 Documentation II 1
PTA 312 PT Conditions III 2
PTA 313 Interventions III 4
PTA 217 Clinical Education II 7
PTA 225 Physical Therapist Assistant Seminar 1

Course outline is available here.

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Disclosure

Program Disclosure:
Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S. Degree

The name and U.S. Department of labor's Standard
Occupational Classification (SOC) code of the occupations
that the program prepares students to enter:
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants
Retention Rate (2015-2016) 100%
Program Tuition Fee (estimated)
Books & Supplies (estimated)
$34,700 (core)
Job Placement Rate for students
completing the program and passing licensure exam (2016)

The median Loan Debt incurred by students who completed the program (2014-2015) $10,699
NPTE for PTA Pass rate Class of 2015 - 90%
Class of 2016 - 80%
Program Acceptance rate (2015-2016)

Program Disclosure (CAPTE Standards)
Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S. Degree

Graduation Rate:
Class of 2015
Class of 2016

Employment rate: % of graduates who sought employment
and were employed as PTAs within one year of graduation
89% employed for those who had passed licensure
and sought employment

PTA Outcomes:

(1) The graduate will review patient/client physical therapy documentation, including initial examination and plan of care, and the medical record (when available) and make appropriate decisions related to provision of physical therapy interventions as directed by the physical therapist and outlined in the plan of care.

(2) The graduate will provide physical therapy interventions as directed by the physical therapist in a safe and effective manner, maintaining compliance with federal and state licensing requirements, and facility policies and procedures.

(3) The graduate will determine each patient’s response to the intervention through accurate, reproducible, safe, valid, and timely collection of data utilizing accepted tests and standard procedures.

(4) The graduate will modify interventions within the plan of care established by the physical therapist in response to patient clinical indications, to ensure patient safety and comfort, to improve patient response and to progress activities appropriately and communicate to the supervising PT as appropriate

(5) The graduate will instruct patient/caregiver or other members of the health care team, using established techniques, programs, and instructional materials, commensurate with the learning characteristics of the individual/audience.

(6)The graduate will document in writing/electronically patient care using language that is accurate, complete, legible, timely, and consistent with institutional, legal, and billing requirements.

(7) The graduate will appropriately utilize information from health care literature to guide clinical decisions related to the provision of interventions as directed by the PT.

(8) The graduate will demonstrate effective and appropriate resource management including following legal and ethical requirements for direction and supervision of other support personnel, demonstrating efficient time management, providing accurate and timely information for billing and reimbursement purposes and maintaining and using equipment and supplies effectively and appropriately.

(9) The graduate will demonstrate behaviors that are legal, ethical and safe and that are consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors and Standard of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant

(10)The graduate will communicate verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery personnel and others in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner.

(11) The graduate will promote health, wellness and prevention through personal behaviors, advocacy and education to patients and the public.

(12) The graduate will engage in self-assessment to identify individual learning needs and learning activities/resources to increase knowledge and skill in order to enhance their role in the profession.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at SOLEX 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: