The University's Physical Therapist Assistant program provides a new option for local residents who want to pursue healthcare careers close to home. The program received its full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education [CAPTE] in Fall 2013 following a two-year accreditation process. Its first cohort of students graduated in December 2013. Program Director Christopher Rolon developed the Associate degree program and brought it through the two-year accreditation process. The PTA program will allow the University to offer more instruction in the STEM areas; careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the largest growing job sector in Maine.
The mission of the UMPI PTA program is to provide a comprehensive and rigorous educational experience where students are committed to excellence, professional development and lifelong learning. Our graduates will be prepared to become licensed physical therapist assistants and provide ethical, high quality, services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Our program is committed to public service and meeting the needs of the Aroostook County region through educational and service driven partnerships with community employers, schools, and organizations.
Current High School Students
High school students applying to UMPI should also contact the financial aid office as soon as possible to discuss individual circumstances and financial needs.
NOTE: Submitting a formal applicatoin to UMPI through the Admissions department is the first step for high school graduates. Applying for admission to the university is NOT an application to the PTA program. Only current UMPI students who have successfully completed all 30 credits of required general education may apply to complete the final 45 credits of technical academic and clinical coursework.