How Do You Start an Online PTA Program?

To start an online physical therapy assistant program, search for an accredited school that has the program, choose the desired school, complete the application process and register for courses. Online PTA programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Students who complete a PTA program receive an Associate of Applied Science and can take the National Licensing Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants, notes

Use the following steps to begin an online PTA program.

  1. Search the American Physical Therapy Association website
  2. Go to and click on PTA in the school directory to view a list of accredited schools.

  3. Choose a school
  4. Visit a few school websites to determine whether they have an online program. For example, San Juan College has both an on-campus and online PTA program as of 2015; however, the online program requires some time on campus. Choose the school with the best fit.

  5. Complete the application
  6. Provide the required information to apply to the program.

  7. Register for courses
  8. Register and pay for the courses needed to complete the PTA program online. Examples of online PTA courses include Intro to Physical Therapy, Clinical and Pathological Physiology, Gross Anatomy and Therapeutic Exercise, notes Many programs also require the completion of general education requirements.