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Physical Therapist Assistant, AS

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.

Mission Statement

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 juniors and seniors interested in UMPI PTA are urged to take courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, writing and math. Students finishing their high school senior year should contact UMPI admissions prior to graduation and complete a university application. Once the high school student has been accepted to UMPI, he/she should contact the PTA program director to discuss the program and prepare for the first semester at college. High school graduates planning to register for human anatomy and physiology (Bio 261) during his/her first fall semester of general education will be expected to prepare for this course through self-directed study over the summer. In order to complete this preparation, the student will need to purchase the workbook "Get Ready for A&P" 3rd ed. by Lori K. Garrett available online or at the UMPI campus bookstore. Once the student has completed the workbook he/she needs to take and pass the book’s cumulative post-test with an 80%. Results of each student’s post-test need to be sent to the PTA program director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  PRIOR to the start of the fall semester.

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.

Program Requirements