Physical Therapist Assistant
Become a physical therapist assistant
Physical Therapist Assistants work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and provide treatment to patients with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and integumentary 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 two years (including prerequisites). The program takes advantage of Harper's fully functional virtual hospital to offer real-world training situations. Students also participate in off-site clinicals.
Prepare for a health profession
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is designed to prepare you for entry into this profession. Coursework in the A.A.S. may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. This is a limited-enrollment program.
- Admission Criteria and Process
- Catalog Course Descriptions
- COVID Vaccine Requirement
- Functional Abilities
- Interpreting the NLN Exam Score Report (pdf)
- Observation Hours Confirmation Form
- Student Organizations
- Job Placement Resource Center
- Request Information
- Attend an Information Session or Attend an Online Anytime Information Session
- If you attend an online anytime session, please complete this short quiz to confirm your attendance.
- Apply to Harper
- PTA Program Admission Process and Criteria
For more information about earning your PTA degree at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.
Program Acceptance and Matriculation Rates
Each fall a new cohort of 24 students begins the technical coursework in the PTA program. Applicants must submit their application for a fall start by the deadline outlined in the Admission Criteria and Process portion of the PTA website.
|AY 19-20||AY 20-21||AY 21-22||AY22-23|
|% of applicants accepted into program*||85%||63%||100%||100%|
|% of accepted applicants who enrolled||82%||92%||92%||89%|
*% of applicants who have met all required minimums to apply to the PTA program as outlined in the application and who have been offered a spot in the program.
|AY 20-21||AY 21-22|
|Graduation Rate (100% time)||86.36%||70.83%|
|Graduation Rate (150% time)||N/A||79.17%|
|Graduation Rate (2-year average)||N/A||82.16%|
NPTE Pass Rates
|AY 20-21||AY 21-22|
|NPTE First Time Pass Rate||73.7%||N/A|
|NPTE Ultimate Pass Rate||89.5%*||N/A|
|Licensure Pass Rate (2-year average)||N/A||N/A|
|AY 20-21||AY 21-22|
|Employment Rate (2-year average)||N/A||N/A|
You will find information regarding program costs and debt acquired in the link below for the most recent graduating cohort. Please note, due to COVID, double tuition had been temporarily suspended for this class. Tuition differential (double tuition) is expected to resume in Summer 2023.
Professional Licensure Notification
Upon successful completion of the program and subsequent positive licensure determination, graduates are eligible for licensure in the following: All states, The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Some states require an additional jurisprudence assessment.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Harper 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program directly please call 847.925.6861 or email email@example.com.
Program Contact: Program Director, Dr. Rita Gura at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.925.6861
Any individual may submit a complaint regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Those wishing to submit a complaint should contact the program director directly. Student complaints that are academic in nature must follow the College’s Academic complaint process found in the College catalog and handbook. There will be no retaliation for any complaint or grievance filed with or regarding the PTA program.
Filing a complaint with CAPTE:
How to file a complaint: http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/