Do I Need a License to Work as a Physical Therapy Assistant?

A physical therapist hires physical therapy assistants (PTAs) to assist with patient mobility exercises and to complete clerical tasks. You might be wondering if you need to become licensed to fit this assistant role. In short, yes, you will need to obtain state licensure. So, let’s dive into the most common questions about a PTA licensing.

What Are the Requirements for a PTA License?

To obtain PTA licensing, you will need to complete the education requirements. Firstly, you must graduate from an accredited PTA program. This generally means that you will complete a two-year training program and receive an associate’s degree.

After graduating from the PTA program, you must take and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs. 

How Do I Apply for a PTA License?

After graduating from a PTA program and passing the required examination, you can apply to become a licensed PTA. This is a seamless online process that you can complete on the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing’s web page. You must pay an initial fee of $30 to obtain your license.

Will My PTA License Expire?

Yes, your PTA license will expire after two years. You cannot work on an expired license. If you get caught working on an expired license, you can face suspension or termination from your employer. Therefore, it is your responsibility to renew your state credentials before expiration.

How Can I Renew a PTA License?

Visit PA’s Board of Nursing’s webpage to apply for a PTA license renewal. It’s crucial to note that you must complete continuing education units (CEUs) before your license expires. You can face late fees and risk defaulting your license if you do not meet the proper CEUs.

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