Physical Therapy Assisting

Program Overview

Do you want to help others rehabilitate from chronic conditions, traumatic events, and illnesses — supporting and guiding them as they improve their mobility and heal damaged tissue? If you enjoy working with people and helping others on the road to recovery, consider enrolling in our Physical Therapy Assisting program. Upon successfully completing this program, you will be qualified to work as a physical therapy assistant in Arizona. This program will also prepare you for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy certification exam.

This program prepares students to use therapeutic modalities and procedures under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. You will learn the foundational principles of treatment, patient care, and safety as it applies to physical therapy, how to apply various treatment techniques that are prescribed by a physical therapist's plan of care, lawful and ethical guidelines in making informed decisions, and so much more.

Make it happen! Enroll in the Physical Therapy Assisting program today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

GateWay Community College is known in the community for its healthcare education and training excellence and is the only college in the Maricopa Community Colleges to offer the Physical Therapist Assisting program.  

Special Requirement

All students interested in any of our Healthcare programs will be required to attend an Information/Advising session, which will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Virtual Information Sessions

Physical Therapy Assisting

Mondays at 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

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Watch the video below to learn more about the Physical Therapist Assisting program at GateWay Community College.

Program Location

Washington Campus

Program Cost Estimates*

Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting: $9,517 – $12,285

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education logo

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (602) 286-8476 or send an email to The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at GateWay Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Telephone: (703) 706-3245; Email:; Website:

Additionally, GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.

The Graduation, Employment and Pass Rates document contains information for recent PTA students at GateWay.