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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
College of the Sequoias

Health Science Open House  

February 13 at 12:00 p.m.
February 13 at 4:00p.m.

April 17 at 12:00 p.m.
April 17 at 4:00 p.m.

June 19 at 12:00 p.m.
June 19 at 4:00 p.m.

August 21 at 12:00 p.m.
August 21  at 4:00 p.m.

October 16 at 12:00 p.m.
October 16 at 4:00 p.m.

December 18 at 12:00 p.m.
December 18 at 4:00 p.m.

All meetings are held in  building HOSPITAL ROCK, ROOM 134

There will be PTA Program represtentive at the Open House to aswner any questions you may have.

RSVP at 730-3732 or 737-6135

Frequently Asked Questions


College of the Sequoias is happy to announce the start of its Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. This is an associate of science degree program. Upon completion of the program, a student should be eligible to take the state licensing exam.


Q:  Can I complete the program in less than two years? Are these courses transferable for a physical therapy degree?
A:  No, the program cannot be completed in less than two years since the technical courses are taught sequentially and require two full years to complete. The courses are NOT usually transferable as credit towards a degree as a physical therapist. This NOT a pre-physical therapist curriculum.


Q:  While I am in the program, will any malpractice insurance fees be required?
A:  A nominal fee is assessed during the semester that a student is participating in direct clinical affiliations.


Q:  What can I do to gain more knowledge about the PTA program?
A:  To gain more knowledge about College of the Sequoias please visit the Allied Health Website at or attend one of the informational meetings held at 6:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month in Hospital Rock 133. No appointment is necessary.


Q:  How can I find out if the courses I have taken outside College of the Sequoias will transfer or meet pre-requisite requirements?
A:  You should make an appointment with an academic counselor. They can be reached at 559-730-3741 or 559-730-3715.

** Note: you must be a COS Student in order to schedule a appointment with the counselor office.


Q:  How are applicants chosen for admissions?
A:  After completing the full application, student admission will be determined solely based on GPA. We rank applications by grades in Human Anatomy and Physiology; ties are broken by overall GPA. Space will be at a premium, meaning more applicants are expected than there will be spaces in the program.


The packet should include:

  • PTA application - see
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges attended, including College of the Sequoias
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope (if the applicant wishes to receive confirmation of application status)

Q:  Are there any limitations to making an application for state licensure that I need to be aware of or does graduating from an accredited program suffice?
A:  Those states requiring licensure to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant require the completing of a fingerprint card that is submitted to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations for classification and criminal record check. Any discrepancies between information received from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau and the applicant's information may result in the denial of the application. The licensing Board reviews whether the violation of code, crime, or act is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a licensee. Other factors that are considered are: nature and severity of the acts or crime; the time that has elapsed since the commission of the acts/crimes; and the extent to which the applicant has compiled with any terms or conditions of probation imposed.


Q:  Are there any additional requirements once I've been admitted into the program?
A:  Hospital/Clinical Site Standards Require:

  • A physical examination with form signed by a physician
  • Current immunization records at all times during the program
  • Proof of a current CA Drivers license
  • Proof of current CA auto insurance 
  • Background/drug screen check
  • BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR certification from the American Heart Association (AHA only)


Q:  Where would I be able to get a job after completing the program?
A:  It is one of the fastest growing Allied Health professions. PTAs provide services in:

  • Out patient clinics or offices
  • Hospitals
  • In patient rehabilitation facilities
  • Skilled- nursing, extend-care settings
  • Education or research centers
  • Schools
  • Hospices
  • Industrial, office and other occupational environments
  • Fitness centers and sports-training facilities



Q:  If I have an associate of arts or bachelor of arts degree, does that matter?
A:  Having completed your general education requirements will be helpful. However, admittance is only based on the combined GPA total of the two pre-requisite courses and overall GPA.


Q:  How much does tuition cost?
A:  These costs are approximate and are subject to change:

PTA Program Expenses
First Semester
Registration/9 PTA units x $46.00
Textbooks/Lab Manuals
         PTA Student Kits
Physical and Immunization
Complio (American Databank Tracking System); Covers both years
ASB Card (optional)
Parking Permit (optional)
Health Fee Spring/Fall
Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)
Student Representative Fee
Background Check & Drug Screen
APTA Membership
Total Estimated First Semester Expenses
Second Semester
Registration/12 PTA units x $46.00
Textbooks/Lab Manuals
Uniforms/Polo Shirts (2), closed toed shoes, slacks, belt
ASB Card (optional)
Parking Permit
Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)
         Student Representative Fee
Scorebuilders Test Preparation Course (optional)
Mileage – Variable –PTA 150 may require driving for approximately one  hour
Total Estimated Second Semester Expenses
Third Semester
Registration/10 PTA units x $46.00
Textbooks/Lab Manual
Uniforms/3 Additional Polo Shirts
Parking Permit (optional)
Health Fee Spring/Fall
Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)
Student Representative Fee
Total Estimated Third Semester Expenses
Fourth Semester
Registration/12 PTA units x $46.00
Scorebuilders Test Preparation Course ; Sponsored by COS Foundation
Scorebuilder study tools (workbook, flash cards, app with questions) OPTIONAL                     
Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)
Student Representative Fee
FSBPT For Examination/ Jurisprudence Exam For CA
Prometric for Testing Site
PTB of CA for Licensing Application Fee
Fingerprinting/Live Scan (price range $75-125)
Class Picture (Optional)
Mileage-variable – PTA 160-161 may require driving for approximately one hour
Total Estimated Fourth Semester Expenses



































Q:  How much do PTAs make?
A:  The median income for a PTA is $42,000 a year, depending on position, years of experience, degree of education, location, and practice setting. The hourly wage for a PTA is $22-30 per hour.


Q:  How many units is the program?
A:  The PTA program curriculum is 43 units. There are other general education requirements for graduation. College of the Sequoias’ Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) 25 NOTE: Required courses that double count for specific COS GE AREAs are designed in the COS GE column. Students earning a degree in Physical Therapy Assistant are exempt from the 2-unit PE subject requirement and the 1-unit Information Competency requirement



Q:  What is a physical therapist assistant?
A:  Physical therapist assistants (PTA) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people who have health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and many other settings. PTAs must complete a two-year associate's degree and are licensed, certified or registered in most states. Care provided by a PTA may include activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.


Q:  What type of program is College of the Sequoias offering?
A:  The PTA program at College of the Sequoias is an associate of science degree program. Students who complete the program will then be eligible to take the state license exam in those states requiring it. The fees required for the examination in California exceed $600.


Q:  What classes do I have to take before applying to the program?
A:  A minimum overall GPA of a 2.5 for all college courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for the pre-requisite courses that include:


BIO 30- Human Anatomy
BIO 31- Human Physiology

We accept transferred pre-requisite classes from an accredited college/university.  Please refer to the following document that list the equivalent​ courses from the surrounding schools :

FCC Copy of comparable courses (1).pdfFCC Copy of comparable courses (1).pdf


Q:  Can I work while in the PTA program?
A:  The program course work is considered a full-time student load. Most of the classes and labs will be held in the late afternoon and evenings. If you've completed all your general education requirements there would be more flexibility for part-time work. If you have to complete general education units concurrently with core course work, it would be difficult to have time to work. In the second semester, you will be required to do 20 hours a week of clinical experience for six weeks and in the fourth semester you have to perform 40 hours a week of clinical affiliation for 15 weeks. Your time will be quite full.


Q:  How many students will be admitted into the program?
A:  We will admit 28 students each Fall semester.