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College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Are you a physical therapist assistant (PTA) who is ready to take your career to the next level? Deepen your commitment to your profession and advance in the health care field through the online PTA: Bachelor’s Completion program at St. Catherine University.

Program Details

Classes meet: Online

Time to completion: 24 months

Credits for major: 44

Cost per credit (2023–2024): $500

Start: Fall, spring, or summer

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Bachelor’s Degree Completion for Working PTAs

St. Kate’s PTA bachelor’s degree program applies the college credits you’ve earned for your associate PTA degree and/or other previous college work toward a bachelor's degree. To complete the remaining credits for the degree, you’ll proceed at your own pace through selected courses in a program designed specifically for working PTAs. Courses are offered in an online format, with many courses having both synchronous and asynchronous options. Depending on transfer credits and how many courses you take each semester, you can complete the program in less than two years.

The BSPTA program supports your development of advanced skills and knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, nutrition, health coaching and wellness, manual therapy, and rehabilitation management. Our curriculum provides skills that build on your associate-level training, including lab-based activities that focus on psychomotor and cognitive domains. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of societal issues impacting healthcare and gain the confidence you need for greater professional autonomy.

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Career Advancement

Backed by St. Kate’s reputation in the profession, with more than 50 years of experience in PTA education, you’ll be ready to take the next step in your career. Employers value PTAs with the advanced skills and abilities that our program provides, including:

  • Strong management, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Advanced understanding of the societal issues impacting health care delivery, disparities, and payment.
  • Confidence in decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving related to the delivery of patient interventions.

With a Bachelor of Science: Physical Therapist Assistant degree, you’ll be better prepared to meet the needs of your patients, employers, and community. By gaining a deeper knowledge of your profession, you’ll improve your practice and with expanded skills in critical thinking and communication, you’ll be better equipped to take on the leadership challenges in today’s healthcare environment.

Program Accreditation

St. Kate's PTA: Bachelor's Degree Completion program is designed specifically for graduates of associate-level PTA degree programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE); CAPTE does not accredit programs at the bachelor's degree level. St. Catherine University is a regionally accredited institution.