Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate Degree

Exceptional hands-on training—from one of the region’s best PTA programs, hands down.

Why should you consider getting your Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate of Science degree from Bay State College?  To start, our program is perfect for anyone who wants a career that helps people regain movement and function—and that offers many opportunities for professional and personal growth. As America's population continues to age, there will be an increased demand for physical therapy services In fact, jobs for Physical Therapist Assistants are predicted to grow by over 30% in the next decade.

With that kind of opportunity out there, it just makes sense to choose a PTA program with a great reputation.  Bay State’s two-year PTA Associate Program definitely has that standing. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Bay State College 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:

Bay State College has had an ultimate passage rate of 100% on the National Licensing Exam; dating back to 2012.

Is Bay State’s PTA program challenging?  It has to be in order to graduate the very best PTAs. But you’ll also get a lot of support along the way, starting with your professors, who bring real-world physical therapy experience into the classroom every day. In addition to classroom and lab, all of our PTA students must participate in two clinical affiliations, where they receive a total of 720 hours of hands-on experience. Many of our students receive their first job offer while completing one of their “clinicals.”

Our graduates attain employment at some of the area’s leading institutions, including Cambridge Health Alliance, Genesis Rehabilitation, Braintree Rehabilitation, Jump Start Physical Therapy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, New England Sinai Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Falmouth Sports Therapy, Whittier Rehabilitation, Boston Medical Center, Hebrew Rehabilitation, South Shore Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and more.  100% of our graduates in 2012-2015 who sought work in the field of physical therapy within six months of passing the licensure exam became employed. Our Career Services Team is available as a resource to facilitate employment.

Ready to reach out to a new career as a PTA?  Take our hand.

Learning Objectives:

All graduate physical therapist assistants, working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, will:
  • Actively participate in the safe and effective prevention of and intervention for movement disorders across the lifespan and for those with lifelong disabilities.
  • Promote health and wellness across the life span and for those with life-long disabilities
  • Effectively use critical thinking skills and evidence based practice to address the physical therapy needs of a diverse patient population in a variety of clinical settings
  • Demonstrate legal, ethical and professional behavior.
  • Effectively and professionally interact and communicate with relevant stakeholders in verbal, non-verbal and written formats.
  • Demonstrate attributes of effective self-assessment and lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of physical therapy interventions.

Program Objectives:

In meeting its ongoing goals, Bay State College’s Associate PTA Program:
  • Accepts qualified students who have met admissions criteria, which identify potential for successful completion of the program.
  • Provides academic and clinical faculty who meet the academic and experiential qualifications determined by the PTA Program and who ascribe to the PTA Program Mission and Goals.
  • Provides a comprehensive curriculum, which includes an organized and sequential series of integrated learning experiences.
  • Provides academic and clinical facilities that support and enhance the learning experience.
  • Performs timely evaluation and review of student/graduate performance relative to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Goals.
  • Implements timely revisions to the PTA Program that are based on results obtained from ongoing PTA Program assessment and that are consistent with the PTA Program’s mission statement, goals, objectives, curricular philosophy, and curricular design.
  • Remains compliant with all CAPTE criteria.


The mission of the Bay State College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to provide a comprehensive, high quality academic and clinical education leading to the Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. The program strives to prepare individuals to become licensed Physical Therapist Assistants who, under the direction and supervision of licensed Physical Therapists, are able to provide high quality patient care across all patient populations and settings within the continuum of care. The program promotes a commitment to excellence, emphasizes professionalism and ethical behavior, stresses the importance of life-long learning, and values community service, in an effort to cultivate health care professionals who are vital members of the health care team and the larger community.

Student Outcomes






Pass Rate*




79% 100% 100%


96% 100% 100%


79% 100% 93%

*Percentage of candidates in graduating class who took exam and passed