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Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate Degree

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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Physical Therapist Assistants program at the Montana State University - Great Falls College provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a 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.


The Physical Therapist Assistants program at the Montana State University - Great Falls College  is based from the 4 main areas of physical therapy which include: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary as outlined in the Guide to Physical Therapy. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. 

PTAs must complete a 2-year associate of applied science degree and are licensed, certified, or registered in most states. 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.


Great Falls College MSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
The Great Falls College PTA Program is a limited enrollment program, accepting a
restricted number of students each year. Interested students are urged to contact
the PTA Program Director or Advising and Career Center Advisors for student advising
specific to admission requirements and criteria for program acceptance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    77 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Intro to Physical Therapy Assisting
  • Human Anatomy & Phys I Lecture/Lab
  • Human Anatomy & Phys II Lecture/Lab
  • Intro to Public Speaking OR
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Admission Requirements

Prior to fall admission into the PTA program students must:

  • Have completed high school physics AND chemistry with a “C-“ or better (students without high school coursework in these areas should consult the PTA. Program Director as to the appropriate college courses needed to meet this requirement)
  • Provide proof of keyboarding must be completed at the high school or collegiate level with a “C-” or better. If these courses are to be taken at the collegiate level, contact the PTA program director to assure that you take the appropriate course/courses to meet the requirements for admission to the formal PTA program.
  • Be admitted to GFC MSU and be in good academic standing. Complete 40 hours or more of observation with a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. Please note that higher point values for admission to the PTA Program are awarded at 10 hour intervals
  • Earn a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher on pre-requisite courses
  • Earn a grade of “C-” or higher in all pre-requisite courses.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    11304 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11304 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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