Physical Therapist Assistant

Interested students are required to download an admission packet for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, which includes a description of the admissions criteria, admission prerequisites and general education requirements.

This is a part-time, evening program with classes offered on evenings from Monday through Thursday.


Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate in Applied Science
When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files: 

Accreditation Status

Accredited by CAPTE

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at College of DuPage is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email:; website:
If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (630) 942-3337 or e-mail

Career Opportunities

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs), under the supervision of licensed physical therapists (PTs), provide skilled direct patient care in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, sub-acute care facilities, long-term care facilities, sports medicine clinics and home health care agencies. They use therapeutic exercise, massage and physical agents such as heat, cold, water and electricity in the treatment of patients with physical disease and disability.

Goals of treatment include relieving pain, improving strength and mobility, and helping patients reach their maximum physical potential while learning to live within the limits of their disabilities.

In addition to strong academic skills, strong interpersonal skills are needed to keep up patient morale and counsel patients' families. Additionally, excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary to facilitate communication in the health care environment. Coursework includes both classroom and clinical instruction. Successful completion of the program results in the awarding of an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and permits the graduate to sit for the state licensure examination in the state in which he/she plans to be employed.

The PTA program is designed for students who plan to enter professional practice as PTAs. PTA clinical courses are not accepted in transfer by most Physical Therapy programs. Students who are seeking admission to a Physical Therapy program should follow the Pre-Physical Therapy curriculum.

College of DuPage PTA Program Outcome Information

  • Graduation Rate (2017-2018): 96% of admitted students graduated from the PTA Program.
  • Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate (2017-2018): 98% of COD PTA Program graduates.
  • Employment Rate (2017-2018): 100% of COD PTA Program graduates who sought jobs were employed within twelve (12) months of passing the licensure examination.

Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

3+1 Program

COD and Concordia University Chicago 3 + 1 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Healthcare Management for students with an AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant.

College of DuPage

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