ARE YOU READY FOR A JOB AS A
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT?
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Prepare for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy exam—STLCC students have an excellent pass rate.
We offer a variety of clinical experiences—from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities to pediatrics.
Fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education.
About the Program: The physical therapist assistant Associate in Applied Science degree is a 68-credit-hour program that prepares students for a career in physical therapy. The Physical Therapist Assistant program can help students achieve a rewarding career that makes a difference in people’s lives. Along with other health care practitioners, PTAs help people regain their lives after illness or trauma. To achieve the goals established by the physical therapist, the PTA helps patients:
• Improve strength and mobility
• Relieve pain
• Regain the use of an affected limb
• Learn to use artificial limbs, braces, crutches and wheelchairs
• Improve overall fitness
Completion of the program requires two full academic years and the intervening summer semester, beginning in the fall. Each year, 27 students are accepted on a first come – first served basis, with five positions available for potential early admission for individuals who already have earned a bachelor’s degree. In the first year, students take general education and related science courses. During the second year, students concentrate solely on core PTA courses, some of which involve full-time clinical work that provides valuable, real-world experience to prepare for a professional career. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. Upon completion, students earn an associate in applied science degree and are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination for the physical therapist assistant administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Licensure is required in Missouri and most other states. Graduates of this program usually average a 90 percent pass rate on the licensure exam, surpassing the national average.
Salary Information: PTA salaries vary based on geographic location, experience and the type and size of the employer. According to the BLS, the median annual salary for a PTA is $45,290.
Graduation from an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant education program is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination.
Licensure: Upon completion of this program students earn an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination for the physical therapist assistant administered by the FSBPT (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy). Licensure is required in Missouri and most other states.
The following are student outcomes for the Physical Therapist Assistant program graduates:
|Employment Rate at
six months post- graduation
Clinical experience: The program includes 15 weeks of full-time clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant:
- STLCC has clinical contracts with many facilities in the St. Louis area, as well as throughout Missouri, Illinois, and other surrounding states.
- Our contracts include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient facilities and schools.
- There are three different clinical courses in the last year of the program for a total of 15 weeks.
- All clinical assignments are full-time, 40 hours per week.
Small class size: Each year 32 students who meet the application requirements are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Faculty: STLCC has been graduating physical therapist assistants since 1986 and maintains an excellent reputation, with a high percentage of credentialed academic and clinical faculty members.
Credits that transfer: STLCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant program has established an articulation agreement with Maryville University for the benefit of students who wish to continue their education and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Practice Management, or a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership.
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- Rehabilitation Centers
- Sport and Fitness Facilities
- Outpatient Facilities
- Nursing Homes
- For information on the job outlook, median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
- STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here
Opportunities in the Field: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, increasing demand for PTA services is expected to boost employment from 2016-2026 by about 30 percent. Job prospects are expected to be good. STLCC graduates are employed by area hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and schools. Career placement after graduation is more than 90 percent.
- St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
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- For this program you’ll need to purchase health insurance. Specific clothing may be required in special clinical settings. Hospitals and other facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screening (at the student’s expense) prior to placement in a clinical or field setting.
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Fees: Please visit stlcc.edu/fees for the most current information. Additional fees apply to some courses. Fees are subject to change.
Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS) 68 Credits
|Program total||68 credits|
|I. Career General Education||29 credits|
|ENG 100||Career English (or)|
|ENG 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3|
|COM 101||Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)||3|
|PSY 200||General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)||3|
|PSY 205||Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200) (or)|
|PSY 203||Child Psychology||3|
|SOC 201||Aspects of Aging||3|
|XXX:xxx||Missouri State Requirement||3|
|BIO 208||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO:208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|II. Physical Education Activity||2 credits|
|III. Area of Concentration||37 credits|
|PTA 100||Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant||2|
|PTA 104||Clinical Experience I||2|
|PTA 105||Fundamentals of Patient Care for the PTA||4|
|PTA 208||Health Occupation Seminar||2|
|PTA 211||Physical Agents||3|
|PTA 212||Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Concepts I||7|
|PTA 213||Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Concepts II||2|
|PTA 214||Data Collection and Intervention Techniques for the PTA||4|
|PTA 215||Medical Conditions in Rehabilitation||3|
|PTA 216||Clinical Education IIA||4|
|PTA 217||Clinical Education IIB||4|
STLCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant program is a selective admission, college-level program:
- The curriculum requires two full academic years and the intervening summer.
- Students will take general education and the related science courses in the first year. In the fall of that year they will also take the first PTA course.
- Students who have already completed the related courses may not need to be full-time students the first year. However, the second year of the program is a full academic concentration of PTA courses, some of which involve full-time clinical work.
Get started: If you’re considering applying to the PTA program we advise that you attend an Allied Health Advising Session to learn more about the pathway to this rewarding career. To register: www.stlcc.edu/visit.
- Hospitals and other health facilities used as clinical sites for the PTA program require a criminal background check and drug screen. Should the background check reveal prior felony criminal convictions, the facility will be contacted to determine if the individual will be disqualified. If the drug screen is positive, the individual will not be permitted to participate in any clinical rotation.
- Credits earned in STLCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant AAS program generally do not transfer to Physical Therapy degree programs. The curriculum for a PTA degree is distinctly different from the curriculum for a PT degree.
We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here
For more information, contact:
Suzzie Schweigert, Academic Advisor
email@example.com | 314-984-7597
STLCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant Advisory Board: Made up of PTs, PTAs, and industry partners. The board provides feedback and advice on skills and educational needs from an employer perspective and helps keep the STLCC PTA program current with industry trends.
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
What are the prerequisite requirements?
Where do students complete their required clinical hours and how many hours are required?
Note: Hospitals and facilities mandate that a criminal background check and drug screening check (at the student’s expense) be conducted prior to placement in a clinical setting. Students not passing these checks are prohibited from participating in the clinical experience, thus rendering the student ineligible to satisfactorily meet the course/program requirements.
If I complete the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science degree, can I then transfer that to a Physical Therapy degree?
What type of licensure will I receive?
Is there a waiting list for the program?
What should I do if my address or phone number changes while I’m on the waiting list?
How do I arrange for the required observation hours and where should I go?
Can I work while attending the program?
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is offered at our Meramec campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.