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Enjoy A Rewarding Career As A Physical Therapy Assistant

In the accelerated and interactive Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, you will receive the training needed to work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in the rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal and/or neuromuscular deficits, diseases, or disorders. 

People see Physical Therapists to help them resolve issues related to muscles, pain, or disorders. Your work under the supervision of a Licensed Physical Therapist will help patients resolve these issues. As a PTA, your role is critical to the implementation of the Physical Therapy plan developed by the Licensed Physical Therapist.

You’ve chosen a much-needed career! The demand for physical therapy assistants is projected to grow 31% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Students love our PTA Program and it shows! Hodges University is currently seeking CAPTE approval to begin a second cohort that would start in July of 2020. Apply Today!

Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Why You’ll Love PTA Work

Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists you may

  • Treat patients through exercise, gait, and balance training. 
  • Perform other therapeutic interventions such as electro-stimulation and ultrasound. 
  • Observe patient progress and report findings to the physical therapist. 
  • Assist patients with specific exercises.
  • Educate patients and families about what to do after treatment.

Additionally, you can experience

  • Intensive, limited cohort PTA program offered in On-Campus, Daytime Schedule. Monday-Friday.
  • Limited-enrollment, fast-paced, accelerated day time program.

Hottest Jobs:

  • Nursing Care Facilities 
  • Home Healthcare / Nursing Home Services 
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private
  • Offices of Physical Therapists

Hodges is the Right Choice!

  • The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • Accelerated Program that may be completed in two years or less!
  • Pre-PTA offered in a Blended format, while the PTA program is available On-Campus.
  • Receive Hands-on Training in the classroom
  • Internships at Clinics that provide real-life experience
  • Faculty are well-respected, experienced professionals credentialed and experienced in their fields of expertise.
  • Support of Faculty and Staff devoted to helping you realize your dreams.
Hodges University Physical THerapist Assistants helping those at the Special Olympics

How Do I Enroll in the PTA Program?

In order to apply, students must first complete several prerequisite courses before applying to the PTA Program. These courses may be completed individually or as part of an AA degree with a focus in PTA (See Pre-PTA). Please note, students who have completed the AA in Pre-PTA program at Hodges U will still need to apply for the limited-enrollment PTA program (see instructions below).

For detailed information, click here to review the PTA Program Fact Sheet. The next step is to submit an application to Hodges University. See the “First, Apply to Hodges University” button.

The final step requires application to the highly competitive PTA Program. Admission to the Program is based on academic performance and satisfactory completion of other requirements. Please be aware that while successful completion of the AA in Pre-PTA program makes you an excellent candidate for the PTA program, it does not guarantee acceptance. Everyone interested and qualified should Apply to the highly competitive Physical Therapist Assistant Program by clicking the “Then, Apply to the PTA program” button below.

Questions about the application process? Please join us at the next PTA Informational Session so that Dr. Cindy Vacarrino, Director of the PTA Program, may assist you.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the PTA program at Hodges University, please contact Dr. Cynthia Vaccarino at

Enjoy a rewarding career as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

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PTA Informational Session

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Associate in Pre-PTA

Prepare for our PTA Program

  • Complete your general education credits before you begin the PTA program.
  • Provides a basis for the advanced, accelerated PTA program.
  • You may learn the basic skills you need to apply for the Physical Therapy Assistant program.
  • Degree may prepare you to apply for the limited-enrollment PTA program.
  • Pre-PTA offered in a Blended format, while the PTA program is available On-Campus.

Join the PTA Program at Hodges U!


Physical Therapist Assistant Accreditation Information

The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and graduates of the program are eligible to take the national licensing board exam required to practice in the field of physical therapy. 

The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 239-938-7718 or email

Physical Therapist Assistant Admission Requirements

Physical Therapy Assistant Program Enrollment Details

There are prerequisites required to begin the AS in PTA program. You’ll need to complete the AA in Pre-PTA (or equivalent education) to qualify for this program and complete the PTA Admission Process.

AS in PTA Admission Process:

Interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hodges U? Here’s what you need to know to enroll.

  • For consideration in the PTA Program, we’ll be looking at your GPA. You’ll need a 2.75 cumulative GPA in science, as well as an overall GPA of 2.75.
  • You’ll need to complete a secondary application specifically for the PTA Program.
  • We’ll expect you to complete 24 clinical hours of observation under a licensed PTA or PT.
  • You need to successfully complete a drug and background screening.
  • We’ll schedule a time to talk about the program and ask you some questions. You’ll also be able to evaluate if we’re the right fit for you. An essay will be a vital part of our conversation.

Complete the AS in PTA in 2 Years or Less!

Hodges’ interactive AS in PTA program may be completed in two years or less (however, it may take longer for some students). The PTA curriculum is a full-time, day program, running Monday through Friday from 8:30AM – 5:00PM. You will also participate in two internships consisting of 40 hours per week for seven weeks.  

Let’s Get Started in PTA Today! We know you can do this.

Physical Therapist Assistant students learning skills they need to succeed in Hodges University's PTA Lab environment

Lawrence Force – PTA Graduate and Proud Hodges Grad

“The ability to obtain my degree in two years at Hodges versus some of the other schools really made it easy for me to pursue my passion while not placing more stress on my family.” The accelerated program is the reason why Lawrence chose Hodges U. “I am very grateful and humbled to have been a part of the Hodges’ family and cannot thank them enough for helping mold me into what I am today. At Hodges, you are not just another student, you are a part of the family. If you have a dream, Hodges will help you reach it. If you put in the hard work and are determined to reach your full potential, Hodges is here to help guide you along your journey,” says Lawrence.

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