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:

2018: First Time 88.9%; Ultimate 94.4%
2017: First Time 86.7%; Ultimate 100%
2016: First Time 88.2%; 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. Transportation and cost of clinical education is the responsibility of the student.

Curriculum and admission criteria


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
Telephone:  703-706-3245



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.

Tuition rates

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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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If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (812) 888-4414 or email

Natalie P. Graves, PT, DPT
Chair, PTA Program
(812) 888-4414

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.




Kinsey Whitaker, PT, DPT, GCS

Assistant Professor



Education and licensure/certifications
Master in Physical Therapy, Northern Illinois University 2008

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Northern Illinois University 2015


Registered Physical Therapist, State of Indiana 2008
Board Certified Specialist in Geriatrics, 2018

American Heart Association Certified CPR Instructor 2018

Teaching & Work Experience
Teaches PTAS 110 Physical Therapy Assisting I, PTAS 120 Physical Therapy Assisting II . PTAS 105 Pathophysiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant,

Work experience includes 10 years as Physical Therapist at Good Samaritan Hospital, 9 years experience at Good Samaritan Home Care, 9 years at Willow Manor Nursing Facility.

Professor Whitaker believes the academic environment must provide students the opportunity to build awareness of and appreciation for multiple styles of thinking and diverse values and social concepts that will help students to identify, redefine, and fulfill their responsibilities to the clients, patients, profession, and society.  Faculty must provide a positive role model for clinical expertise, focus on evidence based practice, and be actively involved in the professional community and community service. Professor Whitaker enjoys volunteering through her church, local hospital, and in the community to serve others and promote the profession of physical therapy.  When not in the classroom, practicing physical therapy or serving the community, Professor Whitaker enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons; they enjoy cooking, exercising, being outdoors.  She enjoys most the opportunity to take her children to local parks, libraries, museums, aquarium, and any zoo which may cross their path.

Professor Whitaker finds that the best part of being a physical therapist is that you get to know your patients on a personal level, helping them achieve their goals and maximal independence in their daily life, work, sports or hobbies.  The best part of teaching is getting to know all the students and shape the future Physical Therapy Assistants.



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