Program Description

This program is a two-year (five consecutive semesters) program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. It is approved by the New York State Education Department, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. 

The Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree will prepare you for employment as a competent entry-level physical therapist assistant.  As a Physical Therapist Assistant, you will work under the supervision of a physical therapist utilizing prescribed activities to help patients recover physical function and strength lost through disease, injury or other causes, and to relieve pain and promote healing. 

Upon completion of all course requirements, the graduate will be eligible to take the national exam to be able to practice in most states, including New York. The program is specifically designed to prepare qualified Physical Therapist Assistant’s. It is not designed as a preparatory program for a physical therapy degree. Most states (including New York) require state certification to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Good Moral Character: An individual’s eligibility for certification may be affected by an existing criminal record. It is the individual responsibility of the student to confirm their eligibility for certification.