Central Penn College - Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree Program

Central Penn College


Associate Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) have been assisting Physical Therapists since 1969. PTAs work under the direction of a Physical Therapist to provide outstanding patient care. Central Penn College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program strives to develop skilled paraprofessionals through education that stresses problem-solving, critical thinking and independent skill performance to ensure that our graduates will provide quality care to the public in a positive and professional manner.

This degree program will help students gain an appreciation of diversity in healthcare by using an applied approach to understand the anatomy of the human body, disease processes that affect the body and the principles of rehabilitation. Our students learn to provide services under the direction of a Physical Therapist in an ethical, safe and effective manner.

Our PTA program is available for students who are taking daytime classes on our Summerdale campus and students who are taking evening classes at our Lancaster Center.

Central Penn’s hands-on learning lab will empower you to implement treatment programs developed by a Physical Therapist and teach patients, family members and caregivers how to safely and efficiently perform selected treatment procedures and functional activities.

Want to learn more about studying to become a Physical Therapist Assistant at Central Penn? Call the admissions office 18007592727 to attend an information session, or use our ‘Request Information’ box to the right-you’ll hear from us soon! To hear what others have to say, we encourage you to like us on Facebook, or connect with us on Twitter. We love to answer questions and provide additional information in a format that works for you.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Secondary school courses: one unit of biology, one unit of chemistry or physics, and two units of math (one of which is algebra). A GPA of 2.5 or better is required, while a GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred. 
  • Additional requirements apply to transfer students or students who have been out of High School for more than five years. Please contact an admissions counselor at (800) 759-2727 for more information.
  • Observation hours: 20 hours must be observed in at least two different physical therapy facilities. A form will be provided that will need to be completed by the supervising therapist.
  • References: two professional reference letters are required.
  • Complete an admissions interview at Central Penn College.
  • Application deadline: April 1 for summer start, October 1 for winter start.
  • After application materials are submitted, a faculty interview is required.

Internship/Capstone Course

As a career-oriented college and in addition to our hands-on curriculum, Central Penn PTA Program requires all students to complete two seven-week internships . This opportunity allows students to participate and experience their future careers in the real world. The Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education will establish all clinical contracts and coordinate all internship materials for the students in order to enhance the students’ learning experience.

Program Accreditation


Physical Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, (703.684.2782), www.capteonline.org.   

Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). The Middle States Commission (www.MSCHE.org) on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Approved by: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master’s of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor's of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

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