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This program is a two-year (four consecutive semesters, followed by one summer) 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 program begins in the fall semester only.

Your Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree will prepare you for employment as a competent entry-level physical therapist assistant. This program provides the education you need to become a skilled technical worker, prepared specifically to perform physical therapy interventions and related duties as assigned by a registered physical therapist. As a PTA, 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. Your patient may be a small child born with physical disabilities or an athlete with a shoulder injury, an older person with limited function because of arthritis or a teenager immobilized by an accident.

As a PTA, you might help a patient learn to use crutches or an artificial leg; to maneuver a wheelchair or use adaptive equipment in a home; or to adjust socially and emotionally to a new disability. You may also assist in patient treatment by using physical agents such as heat, electricity and water, as well as providing exercise and massage.

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 PTA’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.

In New York State, contact:
Office of the State Board for Physical Therapy
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
(518) 474-3817, ext. 180
Fax: (518) 474-6735

In an effort to meet the future needs of the health care community, it is the mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program to educate, train and cultivate Physical Therapist Assistants who have entry-level competencies as defined by the State of New York and according to guidelines of the American Physical Therapy Association. It is our purpose to provide the highest quality academic education in the classroom, lab and variety of clinical experiences to enable graduates to meet the psychological, social and physical needs of patients, and develop skills in problem-solving, diversity and lifelong learning.