Physical Therapist Assistant

Sacramento City College Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are licensed health care providers who provide physical therapy services under the supervision of a physical therapist.

For more information and to get started, please visit our PTA program website.

Physical therapist assistants treat patients with movement, strength, and coordination disorders in order to improve function, decrease pain, and increase independence. The scope of practice may include:

  • administration of physical modalities
  • therapeutic exercise
  • ambulation training
  • assisting/instructing patients with transfers and functional activities

Physical therapist assistants:

  • must recognize common medical disorders
  • must be able to assess whether patients are progressing appropriately with the treatment plan determined by the supervising physical therapist
  • work closely with other allied health team members
  • are currently in demand in the health care system and physical therapist assistant is listed as one of the 10 fastest growing occupations by the U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Options

The A.S. degree Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Sacramento City College is designed to graduate physical therapist assistants (‘PTAs’) who will work under the supervision of physical therapists in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centers
  • private practices
  • skilled nursing and extended care facilities
  • home health care agencies


In order to be eligible to apply for state licensure as a physical therapist assistant, the student must have completed all prerequisites, PTA, Allied Health, general education, and graduation requirements, and have a degree. Following graduation, students apply for licensure with the Physical Therapy Board of California. After successful completion of examinations and all requirements of the Physical Therapy Board, graduates may be licensed to work as physical therapist assistants in California. Graduates of the Sacramento City College Physical Therapist Assistant Program are also eligible to apply for licensure in other states.

Costs of the Program

Courses fees are $46 per unit. In addition to standard course fees and student expenses, the PTA Program expenses include approximately:

  • $644 for prerequisite courses
  • $1518 (approx.) for general education courses (up to 33 units)
  • $1679 for PTA program fees
  • $1400 for books, printing, and supplies
  • $250 for the physical examination and immunizations
  • $120 for drug screen and background check
  • $100 for CPR and First Aid Training $30 for malpractice insurance
  • $50 for uniforms
  • $1060 (approx.) for license application and examination costs (upon graduation)

Students must plan for travel costs to and from the clinical facilities, many of which are outside the Sacramento area. Some students may need to arrange for housing during the full-time clinical affiliations.

Many students qualify for a California College Promise Grant (formerly Board of Governors or BOG Fee Waiver). See Types of Financial Aid for more information.

Student Success Outcomes

To learn about graduation rates, examination pass rates, and employment outcomes, read PDF DownloadPTA Outcomes and Statistics (PDF).

More About the Program

PTA Program Details

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The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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