College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Physical Therapist Assistant

If you want to help people overcome physical limitations and improve their lives, think about a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA). You will help patients young and old recover their mobility due to injuries and assist those with other disabling conditions to improve their physical well-being.

If you are applying to the physical therapist assistant associate degree program, offered on the Minneapolis campus of St. Kate's College for Adults, you'll first enroll as a pre-PTA student and take liberal arts and sciences (LAS) courses required for your degree. Enrollment as a "pre-" student does not guarantee progression into PTA courses.

what can I do with an AAS degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant?

As a physical therapist assistant, you help people overcome physical limitations and find ways to work around injuries and disabilities to help them improve muscle strength and control. With your physical therapist assistant associate degree, you can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctors' offices
  • Clinics
  • Homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Rehab units

After completing the physical therapist assistant associate degree, you will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) to become a licensed PTA.

what will I study?

St. Kate's physical therapist assistant program was among the first of its kind in the nation and offers a careful blend of theory and practice for students to master physical therapy concepts and techniques.

You'll learn about the role of PTAs in a healthcare team in "Orientation To Physical Therapy/Role Of The Physical Therapist Assistant," and put it in a larger context in discussions around the social, political and economic forces shaping healthcare today in the "Healthcare Delivery System" class.

In "Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Measurement Techniques," you will focus on how the body musculature and bones move as you master complex intervention and assessment skills.

In classes such as "Healthcare Ethics," you will understand the ethical challenges of healthcare and study the role of the informed practitioner in creating a more just society.

Need extra help? St. Kate's has tutors and mentors who can help you get back into the routine of study and learning.

Start in fall, spring or summer terms to take prerequisite and liberal arts courses required for the PTA degree. We are accepting applications—apply now!

Attend an information session to learn more about the PTA program, meet with your admission counselor, and find out how to get started.

why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at St. Kate's is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Learn more about accreditation and outcomes for this program

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Physical Therapist Assistant Course Requirements

Physical Therapist Assistant Course Requirements

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Our faculty are active researchers, industry and academic award winners and influential members of professional organizations. The PTA program faculty are committed to the concept of adult learning where instructors serve as facilitators of the process of learning, not solely as dispensers of knowledge. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.