The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares its graduates for positions in a number of traditional and non-traditional career settings and for opportunities for higher education.
Physical Therapist Assistants provide health care services to patients of all ages and health conditions in a variety of settings, including:
- Outpatient clinics
- Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
- Skilled nursing, extended care, or sub-acute facilities
- Home, education, or research centers
- Schools, hospices, industrial, workplace, or other occupational environments
- Fitness center and sports training facilities
PTAs must graduate from a CAPTE-accredited program and are required to obtain licensure in most states to work. Students seeking licensure as a PTA must apply to the licensing authority of the jurisdiction (state) in which the graduate is seeking licensure and then register for the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Opportunities for graduate studies
Many students choose to continue their education at Penn State and complete bachelor’s degrees in a variety of disciplines, including: Rehabilitation and Human Services; Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Human Development and Family Studies; or other related field of study.
Advisers assist interested students in completing bachelor’s degrees and meeting prerequisite qualifications to apply for doctoral degrees in physical therapy (DPT) or other field of graduate study.