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How will your physical therapy assistant education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the physical therapy assistant education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 288 traditional physical therapy assistant schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had physical therapy assistant programs were:

  1. New York University - located in New York, New York
  2. University of Evansville - located in Evansville, Indiana
  3. Mercyhurst College - located in Erie, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In 2010, 5,262 students earned degrees in physical therapy assisting in the US. Of these students, 713 graduated from certificate programs in physical therapy assisting and 4,549 graduated from undergraduate programs in physical therapy assisting.


Students can pursue education in physical therapy assisting at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting
  • Certificate in Physical Therapy Assisting

During the course of their physical therapy assistant education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Sports Therapy
  • Observation
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience


The average tuition at physical therapy assistant schools around the nation was $12,819 per year in 2010. The following physical therapy assistant schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. New York University - located in New York, New York, students paid $38,765
  2. St. Catherine University - located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, students paid $28,758
  3. University of Evansville - located in Evansville, Indiana, students paid $26,756

The lowest tuition was charged by the following physical therapy assistant schools:

  1. Pearl River Community College - located in Poplarville, Mississippi, students paid $1,880
  2. Snow College - located in Ephraim, Utah, students paid $2,542
  3. Northeast Community College - located in Norfolk, Nebraska, students paid $2,511

How will your physical therapy assistant job compare?

Physical therapy assistant is the profession of choice for a large number of physical therapy assistant graduates. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 65,960 physical therapy assistants were working in the US. The following states have the largest number of physical therapy assistants:

  1. Ohio - 4,890 Physical Therapy Assistants
  2. California - 4,460 Physical Therapy Assistants
  3. Texas - 4,250 Physical Therapy Assistants

Projected Growth

The projected growth for physical therapy assistants is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 61%
  2. Georgia - 45%
  3. Virginia - 40%


Physical therapy assistants in the US can make an average of $44,990 per year. However, factors such as education, shift differentials, or your exact job description can cause the salary for a physical therapy assistant to vary greatly. Salaries for physical therapy assistants range from less than $15,590 per year to more than $130,780 per year. On average, a physical therapy assistant earns the most in the following states:

  1. Texas - $62,440 per year
  2. California - $57,760 per year
  3. Connecticut - $56,180 per year

Physical therapy assistants in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. South Dakota - $32,860 per year
  2. Utah - $37,510 per year
  3. Montana - $38,890 per year

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physical therapy assisting?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Physical Therapist Assistants 65,960 $49,810 12.4%
Physical Therapist Aides 45,900 $25,000 9.5%