A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant Program (A.S. in PTA)

Available at

San Mateo Campus

Application Deadline: September 3, 2019

Program Start Date: January 6, 2020

Program Description

Physical Therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs may also measure changes in the patient's performance as a result of the physical therapy provided. Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.

PTAs must complete a 2-year associate's degree and are licensed, certified, or registered in most states. Source: American Physical Therapy Association.

The length of our ASPTA program is 80 weeks: 36 weeks of General Education and related science courses taken prior to enrolling at Gurnick Academy and 44 weeks (four quarters/terms, one full academic year) of technical courses taken at Gurnick Academy.
The technical courses are offered in a sequential manner and incorporate the Minimum Skills of Physical Therapist Assistant graduates at entry level and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA developed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The PTA Program is full time during the day. Clinical Affiliations are full time during the day at various facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Graduation from an accredited physical therapist assistant program allows the graduate to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for PTAs and the California Law Exam (CLE). Upon successful completion of these exams, the student will be licensed to practice in the State of California. For information about Gurnick Academy’s PTA program accreditation, please see Accreditation, Approval, Recognition, Membership section.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program is an Associate of Science Degree program.  

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The Associate of Science in PTA Program at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Phsyical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 650-425-9672 or email rcheema@gurnick.edu.


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Clinical Training

We, at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, consider clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Students are required to be rotated throughout our affiliated medical facilities, while attending our physical therapy assistant school.

Admission Requirements

A.S. in PTA Program Length and Schedule


80 weeks including prerequisites taken prior to enrolling in the
44 weeks of technical courses (1713 Clock Hours/101 Quarter Credit Hours)

4 quarters


704 hours

Sessions Schedule

5 days varying Monday through Friday for up to 8 hours

The didactic training correlates with the lab and clinical education.

Program Fees

The table below reflects upcoming future starts only. 

Registration Fee (non-refundable) $100.00
Books $325.00
Personal Tablet w/Keyboard Fee (non-refundable) $750.00
Tuition Fee  $34,095.60
Total cost $35,270.60

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance.

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Licensure and Certification for Physical Therapist Assistants in California

Find more information about licensure in our Catalog with Addendum

Click here for license examination pass rate information.

Job Outlook and Salary for Physical Therapist Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on the link for PTA program FAQ.

Facts and Fun Statistics

This is a new section for many of you who expressed interest in such facts as the ones below about our Academy and our Programs. PTA program is offered at San Mateo Campus only. Let us share with you some facts:

  • More than 48% of our Main Campus, San Mateo campus: students come from Bay Area cities: Daly City, San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward and South San Francisco. 29% from other Bay Area cities - Fremont, Newark, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro and Sunnyvale.
  • Many students come from  Concord, Oakland, Vallejo, Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Ramon, Vacaville and Walnut Creek.
  • Some students come from Northern California and Central Valley cities: Fresno, Modesto, Merced, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock, Visalia, Santa Rosa and many others.

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