Physical Therapist Assistant

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Occupational Outlook

The average starting wage for a physical therapist assistant ranges between $45,000 and $50,000 per year. Employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 26% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an aging population and individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.

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Benefits of a PTA Career

  • Make a Difference.
  • Be a Movement Expert.
  • Enjoy Job Security.
  • Love Your Job.
  • Choose Your Location.
  • Expand Your Skills.
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The mission of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is to build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.



The mission of the Utah Physical Therapy Association (UPTA) is to represent and promote the ethical practice of physical therapy and the profession’s role to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, to other healthcare professionals, and to the general public through education, communication and advocacy.


Why physical therapy? is the official consumer information website of the American Physical Therapy Association. Content is reviewed by subject matter experts within the APTA specialty sections and academies.


Core Values for the Physical Therapist Assistant

These core values guide the behaviors of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to provide the highest quality of physical therapist services.

  • Accountability
  • Altruism
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion and Caring
  • Duty
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Social Responsibility
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Drew Wilcox

Program Director


Phone: 435-879-4861

Office: Taylor 208/HPC 318

Kat Preiss

Academic Advisor


Phone: 435-652-7695

Office: HPC 347

Katie Reeves

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 258