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Professor Mary Kay Solon showing physical therapist students musculature

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a student checking the bend in a patient's knee

Physical Therapist Assistant

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is involved in the prevention and wellness and in the rehabilitation of individuals in order to restore function and prevent disability following injury, disease or loss of a body part. Therapeutic interventions including, but not limited to, heat, cold, electrical stimulation, traction, and massage may be used in conjunction with positioning, exercise or adaptive equipment to improve circulation, strengthen muscles, promote increased mobility, and train or retrain an individual to perform functional activities. The physical therapist assistant works under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist in order to achieve the rehabilitation goals identified in the patient’s individual physical therapy plan of care.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program of The University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; telephone: (703)706-3245; email:; website:

Program Overview

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a CAPTE Accredited two-year curriculum consisting of four semesters leading to an Associate of Science degree. The program emphasizes academic knowledge while offering hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings.

Additionally,, the university has completed an articulation agreement for graduates of the University of Saint Francis PTA Program with the University of Findlay (Ohio) and with Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. These institutions have accredited Physical Therapy Education Programs in physical therapist education.


AS in Physical Therapist Assistant

Applying for the PTA program

Interested in Applying?

Applying for the PTA program can be done online. In addition to the application, PTA candidates are also required to write a directed essay, as well as submit two (2) letters of reference. For more information about enrolling in the USF Physical Therapist Assistant Program, please contact the Admissions Department at 800.729.4732.

The program sequence begins every fall. Students with college experience may have the opportunity to attend part time, based on prior general education credits. Some students spread their course load over three years, completing many general education courses before enrolling in the four-semester sequence of PTA courses.