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.
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Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in California
|College||Metro Area||Accreditation - Next Visit||Qualification|
|American Career College||Anaheim||Spring 2020||Associate of Occupational Science|
|Carrington College||Pleasant Hill||Fall 2026||Associate of Science|
|Casa Loma College||Van Nuys||Fall 2020||Associate of Applied Science|
|Cerritos College||Norwalk||Fall 2026||Associate in Science|
|College of the Sequoias||Visalia||Fall 2026||Associate of Science|
|CBD College||Los Angeles||Spring 2020||Associate of Applied Science|
|Concorde Career College||Garden Grove||Fall 2025||Associate of Science|
|Concorde Career College||San Diego||Fall 2027||Associate of Science|
|Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts||San Mateo||Spring 2019||Associate of Science|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda||Spring 2021||Associate of Science|
|Ohlone College||Newark||Spring 2026||Associate of Science|
|Sacramento City College||Sacramento||Spring 2020||Associate of Science|
|San Diego Mesa College||San Diego||Spring 2027||Associate of Science|
|Stanbridge University||Irvine||Fall 2018||Associate of Science|
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 14 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.
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 state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S.
Area: 163,696 sq mi