Physical Therapist Assistant
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is designed to prepare graduates to meet the requirements to practice as a physical therapist assistant in a variety of health care settings. The student is awarded an Associate of Science degree upon successful completion of the program. The program is competency-based and provides sequential learning experiences progressing from theoretical to applied using patient simulations in the laboratory and finally to actual patient treatments in clinical education centers. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a total of 75.5-78.5 credit-hours, including general education requirements, and can be completed in five semesters. The program has four semesters of technical coursework (44.5 credit-hours) preceded by a pre-requisite semester. Included within the technical courses are three clinical education experiences. Students will complete theory classes online and attend lab classes on campus. Graduation from the program qualifies the student for examination for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for Physical Therapist Assistants administered by The Federal of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). After successful completion of the examination and all requirements of the Physical Therapy Board of California, graduates may be licensed to work as physical therapist assistants in California.