About the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Ohlone

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a two calendar year course of study leading to an Associate in Science Degree and eligibility to take the National PTA licensing examination. The degree requirements include general education, supporting courses, and Physical Therapist Assistant theory and clinical courses. Successful completion of the PTA major field courses and supporting courses meet the Information Competency graduation requirement.

PTA students having fun with the classroom skeleton.

The PTA Program at Ohlone College is limited to 24 students per class each academic year. Clinical affiliations are an essential part of the program. Students are expected to be able to travel to off-campus locations in the greater Bay Area.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Ohlone College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22134; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are skilled health care providers who work under the direction of a Physical Therapist (PT). Duties of the PTA include assisting the PT in implementing treatment programs, training patients in exercise and activities of daily living, conducting treatments, and reporting to the PT on the patient's response.

PTAs work in HMO's, hospitals, private physical therapy offices, community health centers, corporate and health centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, schools, pediatric centers, and colleges and universities.

Program Admission is based on a selective process and involves a special Application for Admission. Applicants are selected once a year and begin the course of study each Fall semester.

Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

Four happy PTA graduates!

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and discuss their long-range academic plan.

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Are you finishing your associate degree or certificate? Please review How to Apply for a Degree or Certificate.

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Contact Information

For general program information or PTA Program admission materials, please contact the Health Sciences and Environmental Studies Division at (510) 742-3100.

For specific program-related questions, please contact Zelma Hunter at (510) 742-3103 or zhunter@ohlone.edu

For counseling information or information about prerequisites or equivalencies for courses taken at other colleges or universities, please make an appointment with an Ohlone Counselor by calling (510) 742-2341 (Newark campus) or (510) 659-6110 (Fremont campus).

For information regarding admission to Ohlone College (not specifically the PTA Program), please contact Admission and Records.

* Applicants from out of state or out of the area will be eligible to apply and must have a PTA Academic Evaluation form filled out by an Ohlone Counselor.


Health Sciences and Environmental Studies Division.

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