Physical Therapist Assistant

Contact Information

If you have questions about this website or need additional information about the PTA Program, contact Zach Frank at 785-670-1406, or Whitney Kinyua at 785-670-1404. Or you can contact the Allied Health Department at 785-670-2170 or 785-670-2176.

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Physical Therapist Assistant

What does a Physical Therapist Assistant do?

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is the only individual who assists the Physical Therapist in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association’s policies and positions in the delivery of selected physical therapy interventions.  Interventions include therapeutic exercise, myofascial release, massage, range of motion, facilitation techniques, coordination, balance, motor learning, assistive device training, brace and supportive device training, and application of physical agents such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat, cold, and light based therapies.

What does it take to become a certified PTA (CPTA) in the state of Kansas?

The Physical therapist Assistant student must successfully graduate with an Associate of Science degree from an accredited PTA program and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) from the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy.   Graduates may apply for the Physical Therapist Assistant Certification from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts upon graduation and successful completion of the NPTE.

Why attend Washburn University’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program?

Washburn University is a metropolitan university located on a beautiful campus within the heartland of Topeka, Kansas. The PTA program at Washburn University offers a high quality, career oriented program, for individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of those with whom they work.  The PTA program faculty are highly qualified and enjoy engaging students in interactive learning. The student to faculty ratio is 24:1 for lectures and 12:1 for laboratory sessions. Washburn's PTA program has a 2,500 square foot facility with high tech physical therapy equipment, computer stations within the classroom, and a variety of high quality clinical sites. Click here for the most recent Student Outcomes.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Washburn University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: