OLOL College

Physical Therapist Assistant


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) is designed to prepare individuals to effectively assist in treatment and assessment of physical therapy patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Both pre-requisite and physical therapy courses are included in the curriculum.


Applications to the PTA Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University are due on or before January 1 for the June class. A maximum of 26 students every year is accepted into the program.

Length of Program

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is designed in two parts. Part one is made up of 34 hours in pre-requisite courses, which can be completed on a part-time basis or within 1 year as a full-time student. The completed arts and sciences courses are considered the first year of the PTA associate degree program. Students are enrolled in the clinical portion of the curriculum on a competitive entry basis. Once enrolled, a student attends three consecutive full-time semesters (36 credit hours) in order to complete the degree requirements for an Associate of Science degree.

Application Procedures

Contact the Office of Admissions at 225-768-1700 for information on applying to the Program and to pick up a Request for Clinical Application Form. It is required that this completed form be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to your receipt of an application packet. A complete list of required courses is available on the Program Admission Requirements page for Physical Therapist Assistant.


See the undergraduate Tuition & Fee Schedule.

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. See Financial Aid for more details.


See Transfer Equivalencies regarding transferability of courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Credit for university level achievement may be awarded through the CLEP and/or ACT examination. Time limits for transferability of some courses may exist. Information is available in the Office of Admissions.

Graduation Rate/Licensure Passage/Employment Outlook

The 3 year average (2013-2015) program graduation rate is 100%; licensure passage rate is 96% and employment of licensed graduates is 100%.  PTA positions are available in a variety of clinical settings across the state and throughout the country.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone:703-706-3245; email:accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Newsletter Sign Up