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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Degree Details

Offered as: Associate

Program Highlights

  • 94.65% pass rates on the NPTAE for graduates (2-year average - 2014-15)
  • Variety of clinical experiences offered in healthcare settings.
  • One of the fastest-growing fields in the United States
  • Mount Aloysius boasts one of the best programs in Pennsylvania.
  • High employment and placement rate

Why enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at MAC?

Becoming a physical therapist assistant is about helping people be the best version of themselves, and here at Mount Aloysius College, we want to help you succeed in that same thing! With a focus on student success, our physical therapist assistant program offers small class sizes and individualized faculty instruction.

What do PTAs do?

Physical therapist assistants provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs may also measure changes in the patient’s performance as a result of the physical therapy provided.

Where Will I Work?

Physical Therapist Assistants are needed in more areas than doctor offices, including:

  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

The demand for physical therapist assistants is expected to rise 41% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 31,900 jobs.*

The average median wage for an Physical therapist assistants in the state of Pennsylvania is $48,010.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Who will teach me?

The physical therapist assistant program is comprised of full-time faculty who hold Doctoral and Master’s degrees in their disciplines. Bringing their varied backgrounds into the classroom, students are prepared for their career as a physical therapist assistant.

Dig Deeper


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mount Aloysius 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:

Student Outcomes Information for PTA Program

Student Outcomes Information for PTA Program

Graduation rates:

  • Average 3 year graduation rate for the PTA program between 2013-2015 is 74.5%

Pass rates on the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTAE):

  • 3 year average for pass rates on the NPTAE for graduates between 2013-2015 is 90.27%
  • 2 year average for pass rates on the NPTAE for graduates between 2014-2015 is 94.65%

Employment rate:

  • The employment rate for graduates who passed the NPTAE  is 97%.

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Meet Our Department!

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Penelope Lescher
Associate Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant/ Program Director/ Chairperson Physical Therapist Assistant
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Robert Rabatin
Instructor of Physical Therapist Assistant
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Emily Houseknecht
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant

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