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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Degree Details

Offered as: Associate

Program Highlights

  • 97.5% pass rate on NPTAE for graduates (2 year average 2016-2017)
  • 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 Mount Aloysius College?

The field of Physical Therapy is continually evolving and the demand for these professionals is expanding nationally.  Student majoring in Physical Therapy Assistant 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.

Aimed at helping patients maximize physical function; this career path offers years of fulfilling engagement as a respected professional.  Graduates of the Mount Aloysius Physical Therapy 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.

Karly - PTA student

“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.” – Karly

What do Physical Therapist Assistants do?

Physical therapist assistants provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.  PTAs help people of all ages recuperate from injury, surgery or other medical issues.  The clinical goal is to help patients maximize their physical function.

Physical Therapist Assistants are a crucial part of the patient’s clinical team. They carry out the care plans developed by the supervising Physical Therapist and apply a variety of interventions – thermal, electrical, mechanical and manual – to help patients regain strength and flexibility, reduce pain and maximize their function and independence.

Physical Therapist Assistants often monitor, measure and document the clinical progress achieved during the patient’s care.

Where Will I Work?

Physical Therapist Assistants are needed in:

  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Outpatient physical therapy offices
  • Home care
  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers, both inpatient and outpatient
  • K-12 education schools
  • Pediatrics
  • Industrial rehabilitation centers
Jess - PTA Student

“If I could rewind time and ‘do college again,’ I would still choose Mount Aloysius and their PTA program. While the program is extensive due to the amount of information presented in a short amount of time, I feel more than prepared to begin my professional career. Class sizes are small which allows for quality, one on one time, with professors to establish the skills needed to continue in the program and eventually in the profession. Choosing the Mount gave me a second family that I will cherish for the rest of my life!” – Jess

Some of our graduates have been hired at:

  • Aegis
  • Benchmark
  • Conemaugh Hospital and Home Health
  • Dreyer PT
  • Evolution
  • Flagship
  • Guardian – Epworth Manor, Tyrone; Hillview Altoona
  • Healthsouth rehabilitation centers and out-patient offices
  • Homewood
  • Kids First
  • Lewistown Hospital
  • Lutheran Home
  • Mount Nittany Hospital
  • Phoenix
  • Presbyterian Home
  • ProCare
  • University Orthopedics
  • UPMC Altoona
  • Vantage
  • Village at Morrison’s Cove

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 a physical therapist assistant 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.

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Helpful Links

American Physical Therapy Association –
Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association –
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education –


If needing to contact the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mount Aloysius College, please call Dr. Penelope Lescher, PTA Program Director at 814 886 6428 or e-mail 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 2 year graduation rate for the PTA program between 2015-2016 is 81.6%

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

  • 2 year average for pass rates on the NPTAE for graduates between 2015-2016 is 95.6%

Employment rate:

  • The average employment rate for graduates who passed the NPTAE 2015-2016 is 97%.

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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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