Degrees type: Associate

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The field of Physical Therapy is continually evolving and the demand for these professionals is expanding nationally. Students majoring in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Mount Aloysius College benefit from the close support of outstanding faculty who are committed to your success. Class sizes are kept small, offering students a warm, close-knit learning environment. The program takes (5) semesters to complete with graduation in late August after completion of full-time clinical placements in the summer of the second year.

Aimed at helping patients maximize physical function; this career path offers years of fulfilling engagement as a respected paraprofessional. Graduates of the Mount Aloysius Physical Therapist Assistant program need academic focus and the ability to put the well-being of their patients first.

Students pursuing this profession at Mount Aloysius enjoy the support of an experienced and caring faculty and quality clinical partners. Their commitment is focused on helping you gain the knowledge and experience needed to excel; successfully navigating the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination, and entering this exciting profession with competency and compassion.

Mount Aloysius College offers students enrolled in the PTA program the opportunity to continue on to complete a Bachelor’s degree enabling them to be eligible to apply to a Physical Therapy program. They can work as a PTA once they have passed the National Exam and work as a PTA while pursuing a higher degree.

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Program Highlights

  • 74% pass rate on the NPTAE for graduates (2-year average 2019-2020; 65% first-time pass rate 2020)

  • 79% graduation rate (2-year average 2020-2021)

  • 94.4% employment rate (2-year average 2019-2020)

  • 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.

  • Multiple options to complete both the PTA degree and a bachelor’s degree within four years

Students working in the PTA lab with other students

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A Rehabilitation Journey

Kelsey knew that she wanted to be a PTA after seeing how therapy helped her father.

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Go with the Flow

Cameron’s PTA career unexpectedly led to entrepreneurship.

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Mount Aloysius Student Receives National Veteran Leadership Award

John, '20, was awarded the 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award from G.I. Jobs Magazine.

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Helping Others Succeed

Van, ’18, loves that his job as a physical therapist assistant allows him to help people meet their goals.

Watch a video with Dr. Emily Houseknecht, a professor in the physical therapy department, talking about the physical therapist assistant program.

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The PTA program at Mount Aloysius gave me all the necessary tools I needed and more, the program helps you grow as a person and the professors are more than accommodating. This program prepares you for any PT discipline possible. Being a student athlete and living far from home, Mount Aloysius and the PTA program gave me a second family.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mount Aloysius 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 call Dr. Emily Houseknecht at 814-886-6533 or email

Graduation rates:

  • 79% graduation rate (2-year average 2020-2021)

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

  • 92.95% pass rate on the NPTAE for graduates (2-year average 2018-2019; 93.2% first-time pass rate)
  • 74% pass rate on the NPTAE for graduates (2-year average 2019-2020; 65% first-time pass rate 2020)

Employment rate:

  • 90% employment rate (2-year average 2018-2019)
  • 94.4% employment rate (2-year average 2019-2020)

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Physical Therapy (Pre-Physical Therapy studies)
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