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Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

PTA accepting applicationsLocated in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Beginning fall 2020, the Associate of applied science in physical therapist assistant^ (PTA) program at Trine University will prepare students to perform interventions under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT) with the goal of improving the lives of their patients who have physical impairments and disabilities. The program will be located in the Health Sciences Education Center located at 1818/1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne, Ind., with a state-of-the-art physical assessment laboratory and top-of-the-line classroom technology.

Explore the courses for the PTA program.

PTAs work with PTs and other health care professionals in a variety of settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health care and skilled nursing facilities. PTA students will learn data collection, delivering and modifying interventions, documentation, and effective communication skills with patients, their families, and other health care professionals. They will demonstrate sound clinical judgement and the understanding and significance of cultural and individual differences.

Graduates will enter one of the fastest growing health care occupations where $46,920 was the median salary in 2017 according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learn more about our admission requirements for the PTA program.

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The Trine PTA program is currently engaged in the process of attaining accreditation.  This is a developing program whose goal is to attain full accreditation from CAPTE by May 10th 2022.  Graduation of the charter class will occur May 8th, 2022.  Attaining accreditation will allow Trine PTA program graduates to sit for the licensure examination starting in July of 2022.

^Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Trine University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on 12/1/19. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.