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.
Salary Comparison for PTAs in Arizona
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 Arizona to the rest of the country.