The physical therapist assistant is a skilled paraprofessional healthcare worker who, under the supervision of a physical therapist, carries out the patient's treatment program. The extent to which the physical therapist assistant is involved in treatment depends upon the supervising therapist.
A planned patient-care program is carried out by the assistant, following established procedures. Duties of the physical therapist assistant include: training patients in exercises and activities of normal daily living; conducting treatments; utilizing special equipment; assisting in performing tests, evaluations, and complex treatment procedures; observing and reporting the patient's responses.
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION
|Quarter||Application Open||Priority Deadline||Final Deadline|
|Summer of 2024||Aug 1, 2023||Nov 1, 2023||May 1, 2024|
- Completed high school from an accredited institution or passed the GED
- Complete a minimum of 48 quarter or 32 semester units at an accredited college or university
- A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required for both science and non-science classes
- Grades of C-minus or below are not acceptable for transfer credit
- OBSERVATION EXPERIENCE: 80 physical therapy observation hours are required. A minimum of 20 hours in an inpatient P.T. setting and a minimum of 20 hours in an outpatient P.T. setting.
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering the program. An application for admission may be submitted while some coursework is in progress if the student expects to complete the required coursework before the program begins.* Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (complete two course sequence)
Individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university need to complete only the courses denoted with an asterisk (*):
- Humanities: Four units from one of the topics listed; history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation/ history
- *Human anatomy and physiology, complete sequence with laboratory components (preferred); or general biology, complete sequence with laboratory components (accepted)
- *Introductory physics with laboratory component, one quarter/semester
- *Two years high school mathematics with grades C or above, or intermediate algebra in college or a college statistics course
- *General psychology
- *Human growth and development or developmental psychology or abnormal psychology
- English composition, complete sequence
- *Speech (preferred) or Interpersonal communication (accepted)
- Personal health/nutrition, or two physical education/activity courses
- *Medical terminology
If needed, elective courses may be taken to meet the minimum total requirements of 48 quarter units or 32 semester units
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Loma Linda University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-706-3245; Email: email@example.com; Website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 909-558-4634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.
Required Program Costs
Academic Year 2023-2024
|Year of Program
|Tuition & Fees||$32,420||$3,980|
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
Other Educational Costs
Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.
- Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
- Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
- To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.