AS in Physical Therapist Assistant Program (ASPTA)

Available in the Following Campuses

San Mateo

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 physical therapist. PTAs help individuals of all ages who are ill, injured or have a health condition that limits their ability to perform daily activities needed for life. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient centers, home health, schools, work settings, and the sports and fitness arenas. Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercises 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 PTA 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; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 650-425-9672 or email


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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

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) $75.00
Textbooks & Materials $1,306.00
Uniform Fee (2 polos + 1 sweater) $80.00
Library Fee* (non-refundable) $22.00
Laptop Fee (non-refundable) $750.00
Tuition Fee  $32,945.55
Total cost $35,178.55
* Library Fee Cost is calculated by the calendar year and is dependent on the start date and duration of the program. 

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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Gurnick Academy is committed to providing thorough and timely vocational medical training to our students so they may obtain gainful employment.

Our institution has provided program specific information regarding gainful employment in compliance with the new Gainful Employment regulations for Title IV eligible institutions, put forward by the U.S. Department of Education, in July 2011.

All required information can be found throughout this page.

Additionally, you can Download State Disclosures and Download Annual Security Report.

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