Physical Therapist Assistant

Do you like helping people? Want to be a difference-maker? Enjoy being active? Then a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant might be your calling.

As a Physical Therapist Assistant major, you’ll learn how to deliver physical therapy services as described in a plan of care; communicate effectively with those involved in patient care, in an appropriate and professional manner; demonstrate sound clinical judgment; perform appropriate therapeutic intervention; and much more.

Our PTA program has one purpose and one purpose only––to prepare you to work as a physical therapist assistant. The PTA feild is a growing field. In fact, according to the Department of Labor, PTA jobs are projected to grow by 30% through 2026.

Become a Physical Therapist Assistant in 18 months + an internship.

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Note: Our PTA program only accepts a limited number of students each academic year. Interested students should apply as early as possible.

Central Penn College Physical Therapist Assistant Program

What makes Central Penn’s Physical Therapist Assistant program unique?

  • Small class sizes with individualized attention
  • Accepts students twice per year
  • Accelerated terms so that you can earn your degree faster
  • Caring, dedicated faculty who will help you succeed
  • Daytime or Evening classes available
  • Hands-on, real-world learning, including an internship
  • High placement rate – More than 90% of our grads are employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation, according to our latest one-year graduate survey.

PTA Student Financial Fact Sheet

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Program at Central Penn 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: The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 717-728-2315 or email

Physical Therapy Assistant Student Outcome Information

This information is provided in compliance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Student Outcomes regulation.

  • Program Name: Central Penn College Physical Therapy Assistant Program
  • Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science
  • Current CAPTE Accreditation Status: Probationary Accreditation
  • Date First Accredited: March 1988

  • Most Recent Capte Visit:  July 2020
  • Most Recent Action Taken: November 2, 2021
  • Action Taken: Probationary Accreditation
  • Next Visit:  March 2030

Graduation Rate

Summerdale 2020: 73.9%
Summerdale 2021: 74.8%
Summerdale 2 year average: 74.4%

Lancaster 2020: 96.7%
Lancaster 2021: 77.8%
Lancaster 2 year average: 89.8%

NPTAE Pass Rate

Summerdale 2020: 85.7%
Summerdale 2021: 81.5%
Summerdale 2 year average: 84.1%

Lancaster 2020: 96.4%
Lancaster 2021: 78.6%
Lancaster 2 year average: 90.5%

Employment Rate

Summerdale 2019: 90.6%
Summerdale 2020: 85%
Summerdale 2 year average: 88.1%

Lancaster 2019: 100%
Lancaster: 2020: 92%
Lancaster 2 year average: 96%

Central Penn College Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Disclaimer: Central Penn College cannot guarantee clinical placements for students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Anatomy and Physiology I & II Lecture
Anatomy and Physiology I & II Laboratory
Therapeutic Exercise
Professional Behaviors for the Allied Health Professional
Fundamentals of Physical Therapy
PTA Procedures
Pathophysiology for PTA I & II
Applied Kinesiology
Neurological Rehabilitation
PTA Clinical Practice
Internship for Physical Therapist Assistant
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

People who thrive in this field

  • Caring
  • People Person
  • Good Communicator
  • Difference-maker
  • See the big picture
  • Encouraging
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Motivator

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“It was affordable, had an accelerated program, and Central Penn was one of the only colleges to offer PTA as a major.”

– Russell Englebert ’18, Physical Therapist Associate 

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