How to Become a PTA in Pennsylvania

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

How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Pennsylvania

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

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

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

Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button to receive more information. It’s free and it’s easy!

Top Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Pennsylvania

CollegeMetro AreaAcredittionFind Out More
Arcadia UniversitySouth EastonSpring 2022Request Information
Chatham UniversityWoodland Road PittsburghFall 2019Request Information
Drexel UniversityMail StopSpring 2024Request Information
Duquesne UniversityForbes AveSpring 2018Request Information
Gannon UniversityMorosky AcademicFall 2018Request Information
Lebanon Valley CollegeCollege Avenue AnnvilleSpring 2021Request Information
Misericordia UniversityLake Street DallasSpring 2020Request Information
Neumann UniversityAstonFall 2022Request Information
Saint Francis UniversityLorettoSpring 2025Request Information
Slippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaSlippery RockFall 2019Request Information
Temple UniversityNorth BroadFall 2024Request Information
Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaSpring 2020Request Information
University of PittsburghPittsburghSpring 2025Request Information
University of ScrantonLinden StreetSpring 2018Request Information
University of the SciencesPhiladelphiaFall 2018Request Information
Widener UniversityChesterFall 2025Request Information

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Physical Therapy Assistant Certification Exam Requirements in Pennsylvania

Once you have graduated from an accredited school in Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania 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).

Pennsylvania PTA License Requirements

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

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

Address: P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Email: st-physical@pa.gov
Phone: (717) 783-7134
Website: http://www.dos.pa.gov

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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 Pennsylvania

StatePennsylvania
Salary$52,100
Hourly Wage$25.05
Bottom 10% of Earners$35,000
Top 10% of Earners$70,620
# Employed5,180

According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Statistics data physical therapist assistants in Pennsylvania earn an average salary of $52,100. This represents an hourly wage of $25.05 and is 9.6% below the national average.

The top 10% of earners in the profession in Pennsylvania earned $70,620 whilst the bottom 10% earn $35,000.

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

PTA Salaries and Employment in Pennsylvania by Metro Area

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

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Altoona$46,050$22.1470
Bloomsburg-Berwick$52,700$25.3460
Chambersburg-Waynesboro$47,760$22.9680
East Stroudsburg$53,270$25.6140
Erie$52,830$25.40200
Gettysburg$51,990$25.0040
Harrisburg-Carlisle$53,010$25.49240
Johnstown$41,650$20.0270
Lancaster$55,240$26.56250
Lebanon$43,870$21.0930
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County$54,840$26.37810
New York-Newark-Jersey City$62,190$29.903,650
Newark$67,630$32.52330
Philadelphia$51,540$24.78620
Pittsburgh$50,620$24.341,060
Reading$55,720$26.79150
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton$51,540$24.78250
State College$51,990$24.9960
Williamsport$50,700$24.3840
York-Hanover$56,180$27.01200
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman$53,290$25.62500