Physical Therapist Assistant

Help people take back their lives.

Physical therapy is one of the most rapidly growing and rewarding careers, and the associate degree program at Mercyhurst North East can offer you the best education in the field. Our esteemed faculty will prepare you to become an important member of a health care team, where you will work under a physical therapist to provide hands-on care that helps improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Join the program today and do your part to help patients regain their strength and take back their lives.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mercyhurst University is accredited by: 
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 


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Did You Know?

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95% of PTA graduates last year found employment within one year.

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(PTAs) work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient physical therapy clinics, rehab centers, and home health care.

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Some MNE alum have gone on to earn a bachelor's degree in sports medicine at Mercyhurst's Erie Campus and other four-year institutions.

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Our Internal Transfer Scholarship can offer students who wish to transfer to Erie for their last two years up to $18,000.

Sample Courses

An in-depth scientific study of the body’s physical movement, students will examine motion ranging from the most basic to the more complex mechanisms.

Analysis of Human Movement
PTAs must have a thorough understanding of how each exercise will help or affect their patient, which is why knowing how the human body moves and operates is imperative.

Experiences & Outcomes


Each student is required to complete 640 hours of clinical work at one of the multiple facilities committed to working with the North East program.

High-end Facilities

Students in our program receive hands-on training in the PTA Lab and learn how to use equipment like hydrotherapy tanks, treatment and mat tables, parallel bars, wall pulleys, and elastic resistance.

Scholarship Opportunities

Established in 2013 in memory of a North East PTA grad, the Danny Bilski PTA Assistance Fund supports current PTA students continue and complete their studies in the field Danny was so passionate about.

Alexis Caldwell, PTA, BS
PTA Lab Assistant
Janice Haas, P.T.A., M.S
Director and Assistant Professor of PTA
Tricia Mahoney, MHS, PT
Clinical Coordinator & PTA instructor