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Physical Therapy Assisting


Programs in physical therapy assisting prepare people to help patients under the supervision of physical therapists.

Physical therapy assisting programs include topics such as:


Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Most physical therapy assisting programs require that students complete an internship.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in physical therapy assisting. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Program admissions vary. Some schools require you to take general education courses and introductory health profession courses before you can begin their physical therapy assisting programs. These courses might include:

Additionally, admission requirements at some programs may include:

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

All programs include practicums or internships in their curriculums. These opportunities give you valuable hands-on experience working with certified physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. They also allow you to participate in the different settings and areas of physical therapy.

Things to Know

Most states require physical therapy assistants to be licensed

Physical therapy assistants need to have a moderate degree of strength so that they can help their patients during their treatments.

All physical therapy assistant programs require their students to be able to pay for any expenses related to their internships. This may include uniforms, transportation, and lodging.


King-Snohomish Area

Green River College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Pima Medical Institute-Seattle

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Area

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

Vancouver Area

Charter College--Vancouver

West Side Area

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College