Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Expected to begin in 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. 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.

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.

The PTA program will open the application period in March 2019, and close applications for its charter class in March 2020. Learn more about our admission requirements for the PTA program.

The program will be located in the Health Sciences Education Center located at 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne, Ind., with a state-of-the-art Physical Assessment Laboratory and top-of-the-line classroom technology.

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Interested in learning more about our emerging PTA program? Complete our request information form.

^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; 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.