Physical Therapist Assisting

Health Sciences

Physical Therapist Assisting involves working with a Physical Therapist to help patients recover more quickly, become stronger and move better in achieving rehabilitation goals.

A PTA's responsibilities include:

  • Working with patients suffering from injury or disease, causing physical impairments that require treatment intervention to relieve pain and heal damaged tissue
  • Assisting in the treatment of patients to improve range of motion, strength and functional mobility
  • Using physical, mental and emotional skills to help patients reach their potential

Employment opportunities are available in outpatient physical therapy offices and clinics, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

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

Program Locations

Washington Campus 

Program Cost

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 the 2016-2017 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

Degrees & Certificates


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.