PTA Schools in California CA

How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in California

If you are interested in a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) in California (CA) then there could be no better time to pursue your dreams. The demand for and remuneration of physical therapist assistants has been steadily on the increase over the last decade.

Learn how to become a PTA and get started today by reaching out to physical therapy assistant schools in California.

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Listed below are some of the top PTA schools and related programs near you in California.

Get started today by reaching out to schools to receive information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition etc.

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Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in California

CollegeMetro AreaAcredittionFind Out More
Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusaFall 2024Request Information
California State UniversityFresnoFall 2025Request Information
California State UniversityLong BeachSpring 2022Request Information
California State UniversityNorthrridgeSpring 2025Request Information
California State UniversitySacramentoSpring 2025Request Information
Rinker Health Science Campus in IrvineIrvineFall 2016Request Information
Loma Linda UniversityLoma LindaFall 2021Request Information
Mount Saint Mary's UniversityChester PlaceSpring 2016Request Information
Samuel Merritt UniversitySamuel MerrittSpring 2017Request Information
College of Health and Human ServicesSan DiegoFall 2019Request Information
University of California - San Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoSpring 2021Request Information
University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesSpring 2018Request Information
University of St Augustine for Health SciencesSt AugustineSpring 2021Request Information
University of the PacificPacific AvenueFall 2020Request Information
Western University of Health SciencesPomonaFall 2018Request Information

Accreditation is granted to entry level physical therapy and physical therapy assistant schools by the Commission on Accreditation on Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in recognition of the quality of education that the program delivers. 

There are currently 15 fully accredited PTA programs on offer at schools throughout California.

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Physical Therapy Assistant Certification Exam Requirements in California

Once you have graduated from an accredited school in California you will need to obtain a license to work as a physical therapist assistant there. To obtain your license it is a requirement that you have successfully passed additional certification exams.

California is one of 27 States in which it is a requirement to undertake both a State level exam as well as the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

The purpose of the state exam, where required, is to ensure that the candidate has a thorough understanding of the local laws and regulations under which they are allowed to work.

The purpose of the NPTE exams is to ensure a minimum standard or knowledge and competence after graduation and before entering into the workplace. The NPTE exams are developed and administered by the US Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

California PTA License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by California law that you obtain a license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the State.

The Physical Therapy Board of California regulates the licensing of Physical Therapist Assistants in California. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350, Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: (916) 561-8200



California is a U.S. state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.5 million residents, California is the most populous state in the United States and the third largest by area.
Area: 163,696 sq mi
Population: 39,536,653