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Prepare for a job as a physical therapist assistant and receive an Associate Degree in as few as 19 months.

At a Glance

  • 在短短19个月内获得副学士学位,并准备参加全国物理治疗考试(NPTE)。*

  • Hands-on training in physical therapist assisting.

  • Offered at two locations includingNVandCA.

  • Affordable tuition varies by location,learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

The basic areas of study in the Physical Therapist Assistant program include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, human movement and movement disorders. Carrington’s curriculum provides a broad base of knowledge covering issues related to the muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments and tendons. The program concludes with an externship during which students practice physical therapy interventions on patients in a variety of health care settings.


Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the program earn a PTA associate’s degree and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for PTAs*. To work as a physical therapist assistant in California, graduates must also pass the California Law Examination (CLE), which relates to the practice of physical therapy.

Upon completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to document data collection, interventions, and patient/client responses
  • Interact skillfully with patients, families, and other health care providers while promoting optimal outcomes
  • Differentiate the appropriate actions to employ in emergency situations
  • Distinguish the appropriate skills to perform routine entry-level physical therapist assisting in a professional setting
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior consistent with valuing the differences among patients, families, and other healthcare providers


Carrington College Physical Therapist Assistant Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes as reported in the 2020 Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Annual Accreditation Report. To learn more about our Public Comment Policy, pleaseclick here.

Campus 2019-2020
2-Year Graduation Rate
2-Year Employment Rate
Boise 77.78% 90.00%
Las Vegas 80.49% 94.59%
Mesa 88.46% 94.12%
Pleasant Hill 100.00% 93.18%

Licensure Examination Pass Rate


For the Boise, ID campus,click here.

For the Las Vegas, NV campus,click here.

For the Mesa, AZ campus,click here.

For the Pleasant Hill, CA campus,click here.


We’re proud to offer our program in physical therapist assisting at four locations.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Pleasant Hill, California

To learn more about how you can earn a PTA associate’s degree, request more information.

Career Opportunities

Here are some Career Highlights for physical therapist assisting:

  • A more active aging population will result in a higher demand for physical therapist services.
  • An increase in chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity will require physical therapist assistants to help patients maintain their mobility.
  • Medical and technological advancements should permit an increased percentage of trauma victims and newborns with birth defects to survive, creating added demand for therapy and rehabilitative services1.

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings, with many working in the private medical offices of physical and occupational therapists and hospitals. Other places physical therapist assistants can work include doctor’s offices, skilled nursing facilities and home health care organizations1.

Cost & Financial Aid


For complete information on current tuition costs, please see theAcademic Catalog.

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

PTA Program Financial Fact Sheets

Student Life at Carrington College


Student Finance

From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid2.

Tutoring and Study Groups


Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

Career Services

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

The Physical Therapist Assistant programs at the Boise, Las Vegas and Pleasant Hill campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245;; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact the program director at each location: Boise- Dr. Jonathan Bird(208), Las Vegas – Mr. William Dent (702) 688-4142, and Pleasant Hill – Mr. Kevin Daly (925) 405-8137 or

The Physical Therapist Assistant programs at the Mesa campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245;; website: The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Amy Norton (480) 717-3524

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals,

Read Our Career Guide On Physical Therapist Assisting


Physical Therapist Assistant FAQ


Physical therapist assistants, sometimes referred to as PTAs, work under the supervision of physical therapists to help patients regain movement and manage pain resulting from an injury or illness. A PTA works directly with patients to help them complete exercises and therapies.3


Physical therapist assistants typically complete an associate degree.4Carrington College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program can be completed in as few as 19 months.

What do you need to be a physical therapist assistant?

According to the BLS, All states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and to be licensed or certified.4注册通常需要通过国家物理治疗考试的物理治疗师助理。一些州要求申请者通过一项有关本州法律的考试,该法律规范了理疗师助理的执业。

What degree do you need to be a physical therapist assistant?

According to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, physical therapist assistants must have an associate degree from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.5

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