Associate Degree Program in PTA

Associate Degree Program in PTA

The Associate Degree Program in Physical Therapist Assistant is authorized for operation by the Puerto Rico Council of Education. We currently hold a Candidacy for Accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


The PTA faculty is committed with the ongoing development of professional and teaching skills aimed to engage students in an active and efficient learning environment. Faculty members can also evidence planning skills, instructional delivery, including mastering of course content, and student learning assessment consistent with an active and enriched environment.


The program is expected to provide integrated, up-to-date, high-quality practical training through simulation laboratories, peer-practice laboratories, and supervised clinical experiences to promote achievement of the graduate profile and program outcomes. We currently have three laboratories with the equipment and materials needed for skills development, which are part of Atenas College Simulation and Clinical Learning Center (Simulated Hospital).


In compliance with CAPTE rules and standards, the PTA Program has more than 125% of clinical education experience sites evidenced by letters of intent and agreements. These clinical sites will provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the expected competencies.


The PTA Program Advisory Committee, comprised of Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, provides guidance and advising to the program. We also receive input and recommendations from consultants in the clinical and education areas. The PTA Program team is committed to prepare graduates to provide high quality, entry-level clinical care under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.