Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant student

Updated October 2015

Admission is based on a successful application. Plan ahead by reviewing application and program requirements.

What's the average pay?

Potential Rewards and Earnings
In addition to an Associate of Applied Science degree, Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are members of a professional and dynamic health care team, earning an average of $54,727 per year in Oregon.

Career Overview

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are licensed and work under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide therapeutic, preventative, and educational interventions to help recover function resulting from illness or injury.

PTAs enjoy their choice of a wide variety of practice settings such as outpatient physical therapy clinics, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. Some serve as members of the armed forces. In some cases, PTAs may also accept traveling work assignments. PTAs that attain four-year or advanced degrees may choose to become educators, researchers, and administrators. The American Physical Therapist Association offers Advanced Clinical Practice recognition to qualified PTAs who demonstrate advanced skills in a designated setting.

Career Pathway information for Physical Therapy Assistants

Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, and weekend schedules are commonly available.

CAPTE logoProgram Accreditation

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lane Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314;
telephone: (703) 706-3245;
email: website:

Three Year Program Outcome Data

Graduation Year Graduation Rate Exam Pass Rate Employment Rate 6 months after graduation
2012 79% 100% 84%
2013 75% 94% 100%
2014 92% 96% 100%

To Our Students: Please be informed that Lane Community College Division of Health Professions requires all students to submit appropriate personal information (such as immunization records, federal and state background checks, drug screens and others) to Certified Background Check, a company specializing in the collection and storage of student health care information. Submission of required documents must be accomplished prior to the beginning of classes. Both the drug screens and background checks must be clear (e.g. absence of positive results for narcotics, marijuana, alcohol and/or other illicit substances for drug screen) to ensure clinical placements and graduation from Health Profession programs. Specifics on required documents, costs, timelines, and how to access Certified Background Check, will be included in the letter of program acceptance and/or discussed at the Mandatory Program Orientation.

What's the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Lane like?
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