Physical Therapist Assistant Programs Louisiana

If a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) strongly appeals to you then there could be no better time to pursue your dreams.

PTA Schools LouisianaThe demand for and remuneration of Physical Therapy Assistants has been steadily on the increase over the last decade.

Employment of Physical Therapy Assistants is projected to grow by a massive 30% over the coming years with a projected additional 25,000 jobs being created between 2016 and 2024.

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How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Louisiana

In order to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Louisiana you must have graduated from an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant School. An accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Program has been approved by CAPTE for both the quality of the course and the quality of the examinations and graduates produced.

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

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

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Top Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Louisiana

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Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New OrleansNew OrleansFall 2018Request Information
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in ShreveportShreveportSpring 2018Request Information

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Physical Therapy Assistant Certification Exam Requirements in Louisiana

Once you have graduated from an accredited school in Louisiana 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.

Louisiana 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).

Louisiana PTA License Requirements

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

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

Address: 104 Fairlane Dr., Lafayette, LA 70507
Phone: (337) 262-1043

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 Louisiana

Hourly Wage$22.73
Bottom 10% of Earners$20,710
Top 10% of Earners$75,380
# Employed1,530

According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Statistics data physical therapist assistants in Louisiana earn an average salary of $47,270. This represents an hourly wage of $22.73 and is 18% below the national average.

The top 10% of earners in the profession in Louisiana earned $75,380 whilst the bottom 10% earn $20,710.

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

PTA Salaries and Employment in Louisiana by Metro Area

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

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Baton Rouge$53,660$25.80250
Lake Charles$47,610$22.89150
New Orleans-Metairie$35,430$17.03400
Shreveport-Bossier City$50,560$24.31160