Physical Therapist Assistant

Stretch towards Success in the Physical Therapy Field

Improve someone’s quality of life while improving your own job satisfaction as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. You can help athletes recover from sports injuries, ease the pain of people with chronic illnesses, assist children in their growth and development, and help accident victims on their road to wellness.

You will learn the skills to succeed in this fast-growing career field at MWCC with our Physical Therapist Assistant associate’s degree. Please note, this program is selective and requires additional application components.

For more information on the physical therapist assistant profession, you can visit American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and/or Massachusetts Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Be in Demand as a Physical Therapist Assistant

You can expect to find a job fast as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant! By 2030, the career field is projected to grow 32%*, which opens up tens of thousands of jobs. This is due to the aging population which is expected to continue to demand medical aid and physical aid for various conditions. You can make an average of $49,970* annually!

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Discover PTA Success at MWCC

In our Physical Therapist Assistant program, you will gain the skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in the field. MWCC PTA students have a high licensure pass rate of 95% over the last three years. They also have a very high rate of getting a job in the field within a year of graduation.

Gain Hands-On Experience in Physical Therapy Assisting

Gain real world experience while you work hands-on in your Clinical Practicum! During your program, you will get the opportunity to work in a 4-part Practicum to put your theoretical knowledge into action. You will be placed in a physical therapy setting to practice your skills under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.

Typical practice settings may include:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Sports developmental centers
  • Nursing centers
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Inpatient rehabilitation centers

Be Ready to Earn Your National PTA License

After graduating from MWCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant degree program, you will be ready to take the NPTE (National Physical Therapy Exam) to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Licensure is essential in the Physical Therapy field, and MWCC will give you the skills and knowledge to pass and earn your license!

Learn to Give the Best Care

You will take classes in:

  • Clinical Orthopedics & Assessments
  • Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • Basic Therapeutic Techniques
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Human Disease & Pathology
  • Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Management & Healthcare Issues

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*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

ACCREDITATION: The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mount Wachusett Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact Program Director Jacqueline Shakar at 978-630-9287 or email

"I feel comfortable and well prepared with what I learned at the Mount, and I’m proud to say that I graduated from this program."

Entela Roba, 2010, Physical Therapist Assistant

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