Physical Therapist Assistant Schools and Careers in Illinois

If you are interested in a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) in Illinois (IL) 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 Illinois.

How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Illinois

  1. Graduate from an Accredited PTA program
  2. Pass local Illinois and/or National Certification Exams
  3. Obtain your license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Illinois
  4. How much do Physical Therapist Assistants make in Illinois?

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

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

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Top Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Illinois

CollegeMetro AreaAcredittionFind Out More
Black Hawk CollegeMoline, ILSpring 2018Request Information
College of DuPageGlen Ellyn, ILSpring 2023Request Information
Elgin Community CollegeElgin, ILFall 2023Request Information
Fox CollegeTinley Park, ILFall 2025Request Information
Heartland Community CollegeNormal, ILFall 2021Request Information
Illinois Central CollegePeoria, ILFall 2025Request Information
Kankakee Community CollegeKankakee, ILFall 2025Request Information
Kaskaskia CollegeCentralia, ILSpring 2020Request Information
Lake Land CollegeEffingham, ILSpring 2018Request Information
Morton CollegeCicero, ILFall 2017Request Information
Oakton Community CollegeDes Plaines, ILSpring 2018Request Information
Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale, ILSpring 2027Request Information
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBelleville, ILSpring 2020Request Information

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Physical Therapy Assistant Certification Exam Requirements in Illinois

Once you have graduated from an accredited school in Illinois 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.

Illinois does not have any requirement to undertake any local state level jurisprudence exams. However all candidates seeking initial licensure in the state must complete the National Physical Therapy Examinations (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).

Illinois PTA License Requirements

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

The Department of Professional Regulation regulates the licensing of Physical Therapist Assistants in Illinois. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Address: Attn: Health Services Section, 320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: (888) 473-4858
Website: http://www.idfpr.com

Update 2018: The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has recently launched the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact for PT’s and PTA’s.

The purpose of the compact is to essentially create an interstate license which will allow a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to practice outside of the state in which they obtained their license.

Average Physical Therapy Assistant Salary in Illinois

Average Salary$57,750
Hourly Wage$27.77
Bottom 10% of Earners$39,850
Top 10% of Earners$78,430
# Employed4,680

According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Statistics data physical therapist assistants in Illinois earn an average salary of $57,750. This represents an hourly wage of $27.77 and is just above the national average.

The top 10% of earners in the profession in Illinois earned $78,430 whilst the bottom 10% earn $39,850.

There are approximately persons currently employed as PTA’s in Illinois.

PTA Salaries and Employment in Illinois by Metro Area

The table below breaks down salary and employment of physical therapist assistants by Metro area across the state.

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Bloomington$53,350$25.6550
Cape Girardeau$52,500$25.2480
Carbondale-Marion$47,500$22.8450
Champaign-Urbana$51,460$24.74120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights$61,470$29.552,430
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island$53,760$25.8490
Elgin$53,530$25.73370
Kankakee--30
Peoria$59,490$28.60160
Rockford$51,330$24.68100
Springfield$55,960$26.9170
St. Louis$51,310$24.671,170