Physical Therapist Assistant
Available on the Vincennes campus
Are you motivated to find a career with a range of options? The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Vincennes University prepares graduates to take the National PTA exam to become licensed physical therapist assistants.
What do PTAs do?
As a PTA you will be a vital member of the health care team. PTAs perform procedures and related tasks under the supervision of a physical therapist, assisting in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Patients may include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.
Components of treatment procedures performed by PTAs involve exercises, mobility training, mechanical traction, ultrasound, and aquatic therapy.
Please visit The Bureau of Labor Statistics for information on where PTAs work, median annual salary, and job outlook.
Pass rates for the PTA licensure exam:
2017: First Time 86.7%; Ultimate (TBD pending results)
2016: First Time 88.2%; Ultimate 94.1%
2015: First Time 93.8%; Ultimate 100%
2014: First Time 100%; Ultimate 100%
What you will learn
At Vincennes University, you will learn through lectures, lab, and actual clinical experience to become a successful member of the physical therapy profession. Transfortation and cost of clinical education is the responsibility of the student.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Vincennes University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
The average approximate cost of the program for an Indiana resident is $12,000. The average approximate cost for an out of state resident is $25,000.
Applicants must first apply to Vincennes University. Once you are admitted to the University you will receive information about the required secondary application for the PTA Program.
The PTA Program accepts a limited number of students annually each fall. Due to the high number of applicants for this program selection is very competitive in nature. All applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis. Compliance with all criteria does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The PTA Program reserves the right to exercise judgment in the selection process for the PTA Program.
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Natalie P. Graves, PT, DPT
Chair, PTA Program
Education and licensure/certifications
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, 1987, University of Evansville
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2009, University of Indianapolis
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Indiana
Teaching & Work Experience
Teaches Physical Therapist Assisting III, oversees Clinical Education, and serves as the Department Chair
Professor Graves views the classroom and laboratory as a dynamic environment for active learning to take place. She sees her role as a facilitator and coach to help students achieve their professional goals. She greatly enjoys seeing her students’ progress in their skills and ultimately become Physical Therapist Assistants.
Work experience includes 31 years as a Physical Therapist in various settings including hospital, home health, and outpatient. Has taught within the PTA Program for 15 years.
Dr. Graves finds that the best part of being a Physical Therapist is working with patients, families, and other health care practitioners to gain functional skills that will improve their quality of life.
Additional information about the field of physical therapy may be found at www.apta.org.