Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapy

Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and provide treatment to patients with injuries, pain, vertigo, lymphedema, and a host of other conditions. PTAs work in a number of different settings and often have flexibility in scheduling.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Harper College can be completed in five semesters (including prerequisites). The program, led by two doctorate-level physical therapists, takes advantage of Harper's fully functional virtual hospital to offer real-world training situations. Students also participate in off-site clinicals.

AAS degree program


This program is expected to begin Spring 2019. Students who plan to begin in Spring 2019 should complete prerequisites BIO 160 and HSC 112 in Summer 2018, and complete MTH 103*, ENG 101 and SPE 101 in Fall 2018. 

* MTH 103 is recommended, MTH 124 or higher is also accepted. 


Next steps

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Harper College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation state, on June 1, 2018. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress towards accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.