Arizona has a mix of community colleges and career colleges that provide physical therapy assistant programs. Most program offerings are at a degree level of Associates.
One rather unique point for becoming a PTA in Arizona: You will be required to pass Arizona's jurisprudence exam. This exam is put in place so the state can ensure patients are getting the physical therapy care they need.
It also makes training from an accredited program (also required to practice in Arizona) that much more important.
See below for our full list of PTA programs in Arizona - you can even request information from them to learn more.
Arizona PTA Schools to Consider
Pima Medical Institute (below) has a program that is approximately 18 months long. PMI's program includes curriculum of base PTA theory, knowledge of the human body with anatomy courses, exercise, and rehabilitation.
Mohave Community College has a physical therapy assistant program that had an 89% pass rate on the national exam in 2012 and a graduation rate of 74% in 2012, and focuses on employment upon graduation (with an employment rate of 82% in 2012.
Carrington College in Mesa, AZ has an associates physical therapy training program, and also prepares students for the national exam as well as licensure in Arizona with a combination of in-classroom and clinical training..
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 Req. in Arizona
- AZ PT & PTA Licensing Requirements:
- Graduate of a professional physical therapy education program accredited by a national accreditation agency that is approved by the AZ board
- All applicants must pass Arizona jurisprudence exam
- Passing of NPTE exam required
The state of Arizona requires all physical therapy assistants to be licensed by the state (see licensing requirements to the right).
PTAs are required to have completed an accredited physical therapy assistant program in addition to passing the national physical therapy exam (NPTE).
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.