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
- Graduate from an Accredited PTA program
- Pass local Pennsylvania and/or National Certification Exams
- Obtain your license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Pennsylvania
- 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
|College||Metro Area||Acredittion||Find Out More|
|Arcadia University||South Easton||Spring 2022||Request Information|
|Chatham University||Woodland Road Pittsburgh||Fall 2019||Request Information|
|Drexel University||Mail Stop||Spring 2024||Request Information|
|Duquesne University||Forbes Ave||Spring 2018||Request Information|
|Gannon University||Morosky Academic||Fall 2018||Request Information|
|Lebanon Valley College||College Avenue Annville||Spring 2021||Request Information|
|Misericordia University||Lake Street Dallas||Spring 2020||Request Information|
|Neumann University||Aston||Fall 2022||Request Information|
|Saint Francis University||Loretto||Spring 2025||Request Information|
|Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania||Slippery Rock||Fall 2019||Request Information|
|Temple University||North Broad||Fall 2024||Request Information|
|Thomas Jefferson University||Philadelphia||Spring 2020||Request Information|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Spring 2025||Request Information|
|University of Scranton||Linden Street||Spring 2018||Request Information|
|University of the Sciences||Philadelphia||Fall 2018||Request Information|
|Widener University||Chester||Fall 2025||Request Information|
Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their PTA programs and admissions data.
You can also browse the map below to view all schools offering physical therapy assistant programs in Pennsylvania and neighbouring areas.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? You might be interested in exploring one of the following options;
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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
Phone: (717) 783-7134
Watch the video below for more information;
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.
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$35,000|
|Top 10% of Earners||$70,620|
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.
|Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County||$54,840||$26.37||810|
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||$62,190||$29.90||3,650|