Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S.

Guide patients through recovery

This program will teach you how to help patients regain range of motion, strength, and mobility. You'll help patients regain confidence in their physical abilities while working with a sense of ethics and compassion.  

Restore, maintain, and promote healing and overall fitness, review patients' medical charts, and work within a developed care plan.

Note: Applications and corresponding documentation submitted by March 1st for this program will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered based on the number of spaces available for the fall semester

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Program Type
Career Program,
2 Years

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Where you'll go

You can be an entry-level physical therapist assistant in hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, and more. 

Then you can take the national exam for nationwide certification and practice in any state.  

New York State prides itself in the high quality of its licensed and certified professionals.

For the protection of its citizens, each license and certificate have requirements that individuals must meet in order to be licensed or certified in New York State. OCC’s academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed these New York State requirements. This is a role SUNY plays in protecting the public. However, other states frequently have their own requirements.

Onondaga Community College cannot determine whether its educational program curriculum for Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S., that if successfully completed, is sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for practicing in Physical Therapy in States and U.S. territories other than New York.

Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity (if not practicing in New York) to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice. We encourage you to talk to your program director if you plan to practice in a State other than New York after graduation.  


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Licensure Exam Pass Rate

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1st Time Pass Rate 78.9%


Graduation Rate

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Career Paths

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Onondaga Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact Kristen Lounsbery, PT, DPT, MS Ed, PTA Program Coordinator by phone at 315-498-2388 or email at



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