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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Chaffey College is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent and compassionate physical therapist assistants. The program follows a 1+1 model, which means that students complete one year of pre-requisite courses before starting the PTA program, followed by one year of full-time PTA coursework.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants (NPTE-PTA) and apply for licensure in their state of choice. Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level employment as physical therapist assistants in a variety of healthcare settings.

Simply click on the following informational tiles to begin your path towards a successful career in healthcare!

Applications will be accepted February 1st – 29th, 2024 for the PTA program starting Spring (May) 2024.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions and attendance will not be recorded. Students are highly encouraged to attend an Information Session to learn more about Chaffey’s PTA Program. Topics include accreditation information, employment outlook, program pre-requisites, screening and selection process, program costs, curriculum, weekly schedule and much more! There will be an opportunity for questions during our Q&A towards the end of the session.


Date Time Location
Thurs., Nov 16th, 2023 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Zoom - Registration Link

Public Notification of Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Chaffey College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE.  On June 1, 2023, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.


If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about our program, we encourage you to reach out to the Program Director, Dr. Adeel H. Rizvi PT, DPT, PhD, at adeel.rizvi@chaffey.edu.

Due Process

General concerns or complaints pertaining to the PTA program that fall outside Chaffey College’s Due Process should be directed to the Program Director at adeel.rizvi@chaffey.edu or Dean of Health Sciences at eric.sorenson@chaffey.edu. All complaints received will be reviewed by the PTA Program Director and/or the Dean of Health Sciences, with a response within one business week.

Complaints about accreditation may also be submitted directly to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Please follow their instructions found at https://www.capteonline.org/complaints.

We are committed to providing due process and ensuring that all concerns are addressed in a timely and respectful manner. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to upholding the principles of due process.