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Physical Therapist Assistant Program


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UIndy's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program provides students with an efficient, flexible point of entry into the field of physical therapy. Our program equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to function as PTAs in today's complex healthcare system.

Program length

The PTA program at UIndy is a 62-credit hour program and is designed to be completed in two years.

Format

Technical PTA courses are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:15 p.m. Support courses may require attendance in day or evening classes. Some support courses are available in an online format.

Tuition

The tuition for the PTA program is the tuition charged for undergraduates at UIndy. Full-time tuition for students enrolled in the integrated format is $28,390 for the 2017-2018 school year. Students enrolled in the part-time, sequential program will pay $872 per credit hour. Learn about financial aid for undergraduate students ►

When can I start?

A new PTA cohort begins in the Fall semester each year. Applications are due January 31.

How can I learn more?

If you are interested in learning more about UIndy's Physical Therapist Assistant program, contact Amber Clarke at clarkea@uindy.edu or by phone at 317-788-3457 or 1-800-232-8634, ext. 3457.

Why pursue a PTA degree at UIndy?

Outstanding Faculty Mentors

The PTA faculty are diverse, clinically oriented, approachable faculty who meet the unique and varied needs of both traditional and nontraditional students. They are enthusiastic about teaching, passionate about the profession of physical therapy, and committed to promoting the role of the physical therapist assistant. Our faculty are experienced educators and clinicians who are active in clinical practice, research and professional activities. There are approximately 25 students admitted in a cohort, making the faculty to student ration in the PTA program 1:25. Please note that in some lab courses, teaching assistants, who are practicing PTAs, assist with hands-on instruction to lower the ratio to 1:9.

Solid Reputation

The Krannert School of Physical Therapy enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence in physical therapy education. The UIndy PTA program has small class sizes, the resources of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, and licensure pass rates well above the national and state averages. Our graduates are highly regarded in the job market and are known for their strong technical skills and their ability to communicate effectively with patients and therapists.

Innovative Formats

Students have the choice of integrated or sequential formats for their PTA education. For the integrated format, students attend school full-time, taking general education and physical therapist education courses each semester. The integrated format is generally chosen by first-year students who want a traditional college experience.

For the sequential format, students have completed some or all of the general education requirements before entering the PTA program and then take the PTA courses on a part-time basis. The sequential format is generally chosen by adult students who cannot attend school full-time.

Review the Curriculum Guide for both the integrated and sequential formats ►

PTA program outcomes

At the completion of the UIndy PTA program, each student will:

  • Possess the knowledge of the general education foundation that emphasizes communication skills and basic science knowledge and makes the sciences relevant through application to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and communication with interpersonal interactions in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist and who recognize the limits of their technical expertise in implementing the components of the plan of care.
  • Understand the role of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant in the context of a larger health care system.
  • Value life-long learning and professional development.