How to Become a PTA in Virginia

Top Virginia Schools for PTA Training

In order to become a PTA in Virginia you must have graduated from an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Listed below are some of the top PTA Schools and related programs near you.

School Area Status Next Visitation
School Area Status Next Visitation
Hampton University Hampton Accreditation Fall 2020
Lynchburg College Lynchburg Accreditation Fall 2017
Marymount University Arlington Accreditation Spring 2024
Old Dominion University Norfolk Accreditation Fall 2018
Radford University Roanoke Accreditation Fall 2018
Shenandoah University Winchester Accreditation Spring 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond Accreditation Spring 2017

Please note: If you wish to view schools in another area, or if you do not see any results below, please use the search widget in the sidebar.

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

Selecting a Physical Therapy Assistant Program

Take the first step and request information from Schools in your preferred area. Simply enter your preferences and contact information in the search box to the right or select from the Schools presented above to receive program and admissions information. It’s fast and easy!

Important points to consider when selecting a PTA School include;

  • Is the School Accredited?
  • How long does the program last?
  • Class structure – how much of the course will be classroom based, lab based and field based and how does this fit with your expectations?
  • Does the School have good lab facilities and other resources to support your studies?
  • What percentage of graduates are successful in securing their PTA license?
  • Does the School offer any financial assistance?

Virginia PTA License Requirements

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

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

Address: Dept. of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Phone: (804) 367-4674

Physical Therapy Assistant Salary in Virginia

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The average PTA salary in Virgina is $51,580. This represents an average hourly wage of $24.80 and is 6.6% below the national average salary of $55,250. Texas is the highest paying State for Physical Therapist Assistants in the USA.

In 2015 there where 1,180 persons employed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the State.

The table below illustrates key employment and salary data for PTA’s in the main metro and city areas in the State;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA60$58,530.00
Charlottesville, VA30$50,610.00
Harrisonburg, VA60$58,890.00
Lynchburg, VA60$61,960.00
Richmond, VA400$42,730.00
Roanoke, VA120$57,200.00
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC440$52,520.00
Winchester, VA-WV40$45,750.00
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area190$56,180.00
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area80$60,420.00
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area30$45,710.00
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area40$50,390.00

Get Started Today!

Take the first important steps towards your new career by reaching out to PTA Schools in Virginia and nearby areas today. Simply enter your details in the box below to receive information on the best PTA Schools or related programs.  It’s fast and it’s free!

Related Healthcare Careers

Physical Therapy Assistants fair very well by comparison to similar careers such as Occupational Therapy Assistants, Massage Therapists and Home Health Aides in terms of average salary, from entry level to well experienced – achieving one of the highest average salary levels.

Additionally in terms of employment figures and growth it has been flagged as one of the top 5 fastest growing careers in healthcare by the Bureau For Labor Statistics (BLS).

The table below illustrates key data for similar healthcare careers in Virginia;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Physical Therapist Assistants2,410$51,580.00
Home Health Aides10,370$22,390.00
Nursing Assistants35,790$25,100.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants870$60,370.00
Massage Therapists2,370$38,910.00
Medical Assistants11,230$31,510.00




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