California Physical Therapy Assistant Schools & Degree Programs List

California is home to over 10 physical therapy assistant schools spread out throughout the state.

With a focus on health and well-being through its "Move California" movement, many California cities and towns tend to be active communities.

With activity comes unfortunate, but inevitable injury and the need for physical therapy.

CA PTA Schools to Consider

In the north section of the state, you will find Sacramento City College's PTA program, accredited by the CAPTE. The program tends to enroll around 30 students per year, and includes a curriculum of base PTA theory, knowledge of the human body, kinesiology, and data collection and analysis.

College of the Sequoas has a physical therapy assistant program that has an 80% pass rate on the national NPTE/PTA exam, and focuses on employment upon graduation.

Carrington College in Pleasant Hill, CA has a PTA program that has an outcome of an Associates of Applied Science, and also prepares students for the national exam as well as licensure in the state of CA.

As with most PTAs, be expected to work in a variety of different settings. Hospitals, private outpatient therapy practices, skilled nursing facilities, specialty settings, and in home health visitations are common.

PTA Licensing in California

    CA PT & PTA Licensing Requirements:
  • Minimum of 30 units in technical training
  • 15 units of general education courses
  • 36 months of work experience under the direct supervision of a physical therapist licensed by the Board. (18 months of the work experience must be in an acute care facility)

The state of California does require all physical therapy assistants to be licensed by the state (see licensing requirements to the right).

Thus, PTAs are required to have completed an accredited physical therapy assistant program in addition to passing the national physical therapy exam.

Most programs curriculum prepares you for the exam - make sure to do your homework and talk with as many programs as possible to make sure you will be prepared.

Below are listings of all the schools we could find that offer physical therapy assisting (or related) programs. Simply browse the listings and click on one of the buttons to get more information about the specific program to see if it's right for you. We recommend requesting info from 3-5 schools to weigh all of your options.

Salary Comparison for PTAs in California

Below is a comparison from CareerOneStop.org, US Department of Labor, comparing salaries at high, median, and lower salary levels of physical therapy assistants in California to the rest of the country.

Source: CareerOneStop.org, US Department of Labor

Additional PTA Schools in California

Program: Certificate - Physical Therapy Aide SouthGate | California
Program: Physical Therapist Assistant VanNuys | California
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited PleasantHill | California
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Tidbits: Has an in-house respiratory lab for hands-on practice with PTA tools such as x-ray machines.
Program: Associates of Applied Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited VanNuys | California
Program: Physical Therapist Assistant | CAPTE Accredited Norwalk | California
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Tidbits: Students are in class approximately 12 hours per week in addition to clinical experiences.
Program: Associates - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited Visalia | California
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Entry requires minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA or specific grade attainment in specific coursework. See website for more info. Selective with 26 out of 80-100 applicants are selected. Graduation rate is 96 percent for the 2012 - 2013 graduates. Of graduates that took the NPTE - 96 percent of the 2012 class passed - while 100 percent of the 2013 class passed.
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited GardenGrove | California
Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited NorthHollywood | California
Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited SanDiego | California
Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges
Program: Physical Therapist Assistant HuntingtonPark | California
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited LomaLinda | California
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Senior Colleges and Universities Commission - CAPTE Tidbits: 15 month program - includes supervised clinical experience.
Program: Associates - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited Fremont | California
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Tidbits: 2 year course of study with the eligibility to take the National PTA licensing exam upon graduation.
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited Sacramento | California
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited SanDiego | California
Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Tidbits: 5 semesters full-time - graduates able to take California Licensure Examination
Program: Physical Therapist Assistant NorthHollywood | California
Program: Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant Program | CAPTE Accredited Irvine | California
Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges