Program Overview

As America's population continues to age, there will be an increased demand for physical therapy services that help people regain movement and function. With that kind of opportunity out there, it makes sense to choose a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program with a great reputation: 

  • Learn from industry experts who currently maintain clinical practice and research in physical therapy. 
  • Gain hands-on experience with clinical affiliations at renowned hospitals and sports medicine practices. 
  • Complete a 2-year service-learning project and give back to your local community. 
  • Make valuable network connections that will help you in your future career. The PTA Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Physical Therapist Association of Massachusetts (APTA of MA) is the first organization of its kind in Massachusetts and founded by Bay State College alumni and professors! 
  • Prepare for your licensure board exam. In fact, we boast a high passing rate in the National Therapy Exam for PTAs for the past few years! 

Set your Physical Therapy career in motion. Request information about our 2-year Physical Therapist Assistant program today! Interested in taking classes closer to home? Learn more about our Taunton location which offers our PTA program during the day.

Program Start Dates

Duration: 5 semesters
Semester Length: 16 weeks 
Start Dates:
Fall 2022 Term 1 (August 22) - Offered in Boston Day Classes

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Mission 

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. 

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate proficient entry-level knowledge and skill in implementing treatment practices appropriate to the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  • Demonstrate proficient entry-level knowledge and skill in utilizing testing and measurement techniques appropriate to the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  • Demonstrate accountability consistent with legalethical, and standards-based practice in providing physical therapy services.
  • Provide patient-centered care that incorporates patient's preference, values, and needs while providing culturally competent care to diverse populations across the life span.
  • Use communication skills to function effectively within inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve patient-centered quality outcomes.
  • Provide patient care in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patient, self, and others.
  • Practice physical therapy in an effective manner making judgements consistent with the physical therapist plan of care and the role of the physical therapist assistant.
  • Practice lifelong learning and community service that reflects social responsibility and career development.

Employers of Our PTA Graduates 

  • Boston Medical Center 
  • Back in Motion 
  • Beantown Physio 
  • Tufts Medical Center 
  • Elite Health and Fitness Center 
  • Brockton Hospital 
  • Genesis Rehabilitation 
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation 
  • Hebrew Rehabilitation 

Physical Therapist Assistant Degree Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Bay State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

CAPTE
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
Telephone: 703-706-3245 
Email: accreditation@apta.org 
Website: www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the program or institution directly, please call (617)-217-9498 or email dfretwell@baystate.edu.

Student Outcomes - Boston Campus

Boston Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Graduation Rate 78% 95.7%

Matriculated Students: 24
Grad in 5 semesters: 77.3%
Grad within 150% of program: 86.4%

First Time Licensure Examination Pass Rate 93.8% 94.4% 70.6%
Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate 100% 94.4% 94.1%
Employment Rate 96% 100% TBD

 

Boston Two Year Outcome Rates for 2019-2020 
Represents Class of 2019-2020
 
Graduation Rate 86.8%
First Time Licensure Examination Pass Rate 94%
Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate 97%
Employment Rate 98%

Student Outcomes - Taunton Campus

Taunton Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Graduation Rate 91.7% 100% Matriculated Students: 14
Grad in 5 semesters: 71.4%
Grad within 150% of program: TBD
First Time Licensure Examination Pass Rate 76.9% 77.8% 80%
Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate 100% 88.9% 90%
Employment Rate 100% 100% TBD

 

Taunton Two Year Outcome Rates for 2019-2020
Represents Class of 2019-2020
 
Graduation Rate 95.8%
First Time Licensure Examination Pass Rate 77.3%
Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate 94.4%
Employment Rate 100%

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