Physical Therapy Assistant Schools

As a professor or instructor of physical therapy assistant classes at one of the 287 accredited physical therapy assistant schools in the country, you play a valuable role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the physical therapy assistant academic community and the future trends. Academia in physical therapy assistant includes physical therapy assistant training at the following levels:

  • Physical Therapy Assistant Certificate
  • Associates degree in Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy Assistant


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Physical therapy assistant professionals

104,870 102,470 106,230 107,910 111,860
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

111,860 physical therapy assistant professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. The number of physical therapy assistant professionals has grown by 7% between 2006 and 2010.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Physical therapy assistant professionals

10th percentile
$24,170
25th percentile
$30,010
50th percentile
$36,685
75th percentile
$43,930
90th percentile
$51,745

Physical therapy assistant professionals in the US earned a median salary of $36,685 per year in 2010. The median yearly salary for physical therapy assistant professionals in the US was 45% less than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Physical Therapy Assistant

$31,710 $33,560 $34,950 $36,090 $36,685
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Physical therapy assistant professionals' salaries have grown by 16% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Physical Therapy Assistant Student enrollment growth by degree

3,170 3,465 3,798 4,035 4,542
32 33 6 5 7
32 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0
730 800 744 590 713
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Grey: Certificate in Physical Therapy Assistant

The career outlook for physical therapy assistant professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 3,964 students graduated from physical therapy assistant degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 5,262 students graduated from physical therapy assistant schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 33% growth in the number of physical therapy assistant graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from physical therapy assistant courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Physical Therapy Assistant Programs offered Nationwide

associate
248
bachelor
1
master
0
doctor
0
Certificate
27
Total276

While student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering physical therapy assistant programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 265 physical therapy assistant schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 287 schools.

Physical Therapy Assistant Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. Florida18 Schools
  2. Texas18 Schools
  3. Ohio18 Schools
  4. New York14 Schools
  5. Pennsylvania14 Schools
  6. Michigan12 Schools
  7. California11 Schools
  8. South Carolina10 Schools
  9. Illinois10 Schools
  10. North Carolina10 Schools
  11. Indiana8 Schools
  12. Maryland8 Schools
  13. Oklahoma8 Schools
  14. Connecticut7 Schools
  15. Tennessee7 Schools
  16. Louisiana7 Schools
  17. Minnesota6 Schools
  18. Virginia6 Schools
  19. Iowa6 Schools
  20. Wisconsin6 Schools
  21. Kentucky6 Schools
  22. Alabama6 Schools
  23. Arizona6 Schools
  24. Massachusetts6 Schools
  25. Missouri5 Schools
  26. Washington State5 Schools
  27. Mississippi4 Schools
  28. Georgia4 Schools
  29. Kansas4 Schools
  30. Arkansas4 Schools
  31. Colorado4 Schools
  32. Nebraska3 Schools
  33. Utah3 Schools
  34. New Jersey3 Schools
  35. West Virginia3 Schools
  36. Rhode Island2 Schools
  37. Delaware2 Schools
  38. New Hampshire2 Schools
  39. New Mexico2 Schools
  40. South Dakota1 Schools
  41. Montana1 Schools
  42. Hawaii1 Schools
  43. Idaho1 Schools
  44. Nevada1 Schools
  45. Wyoming1 Schools
  46. North Dakota1 Schools
  47. Maine1 Schools
  48. Oregon1 Schools

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