Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of
physical therapists and assist patients/clients recovering from injury or illness.
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, administered by the Health Sciences Department, leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education(CAPTE). Graduates of the program are eligible for certification and must take the National Certification Exam to practice in New York State. The PTA program consists of pre-clinical and clinical phases. Students must be a PTA major to apply for candidacy into the clinical phase. Acceptance to the clinical phase is limited to twice per year and is competitive. PTA students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the PTA Admissions Handbook and obtaining further information by attending a PTA Orientation Session. For the three year period from 2012-2014 LaGuardia's PTA Program has: 81% Graduation Rate 95% Pass Rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination 100% Employment Rate
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interested in applying to LaGuardia Community College should contact the
Admissions Office. New students selecting PTA as their major are considered to
be in the pre-clinical phase.
to the clinical phase of the program is competitive and is by acceptance into
candidacy. Students must apply for candidacy and be accepted in order to enter
the clinical phase. Successful candidates are scheduled to begin the Clinical Phase in Session II of the following semester (six months after notification of acceptance into the clinical phase) Candidates will forfeit their seat in the program if they are unable to begin as scheduled.
pre-clinical phase of the PTA program consists of all required general
education and elective courses, including Key Courses. Pre-clinical students
are considered candidates for the clinical phase.
first complete, or be in the process of completing, the four key courses with a
minimum GPA of 2.50 in the semester they are applying for candidacy. In
addition to the GPA requirement, a pre-program entrance exam called the TEAS V (Test of Academic Skills V) administered by Assessment
Technologies Inc. (ATI) is included in the determination of a student’s
acceptance into the clinical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
students are then ranked according to a scoring system of grades in Key
Courses and any pre-clinical courses taken up to the end of the candidacy semester. Learn more about the scoring system and additional candidacy
requirements in the PTA Admission Handbook.All Pre-Clinical courses must be completed prior to the start of the first Clinical course.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Proof of Residency
the fall 2016 semester all students applying for candidacy in the LaGuardia
Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program must provide
documentation in one of the following categories, in addition to meeting the
program's candidacy requirements:
who are interested in pursuing a health career and are unable to provide
documentation in one of the categories listed above are urged to contact the
Office of International Student Services located in Room M166 or call (718)
482-5143 to schedule an appointment. In addition, the City University of New
York provides free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students through the
CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project. Further information can be located at
the following CUNY website: http://web.cuny.edu/about/citizenship.html.
In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.
Your advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. Visit the Advising page to find resources and learn how to prepare for an advising appointment.
Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of physical therapist assistants in
the US is expected to grow 41% from 2012- 2022, providing increased
opportunities for employment as a physical therapist assistant.
who graduate from the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program
must pass the National Physical
Therapy Examination (NPTE) in order to be eligible for New York State
Certification. Passing the NPTE is required in order
to be eligible for license or certification in all 50 states. Federal law limits the
issuance of professional licenses, registrations and limited permits to United
States citizens or qualified aliens. Students with criminal records are
examined on a case by case basis in regards to New York State licensure.
Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.
Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Review the Physical Therapist Assistant Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
RecommendedCourse Sequence Pre-ClinicalPhase
Fall I (12 week Session)
Students are advised to take the TEAS-V Entrance Exam during the Fall I Session Fall II (6 week Session)
Spring I (12 week Session)
Spring II (6 week Session)
Fall I (12 week Session)
Fall II (6 week Session)
Spring II (6 week Session)
Click here to download the complete Physical Therapist Assistant Program Handbook
Click here to download the Physical Therapist Assistant Fact Sheet
An electronic portfolio
(ePortfolio) is a personal website given to every registered LaGuardia student.
An ePortfolio not only helps you set educational and career goals, it is also a
tool for reflective learning that can help you learn about yourself. LaGuardia
is widely recognized for its innovative, comprehensive ePortfolio program; visit
Learn more about the PTA
Program on our students’ e Portfolios: