Fox College - Bedford Park, IL
Physical Therapist Assistant

Bringing Motion Back. 

Physical Therapist Assistants work under the direction of a physical therapist to help patients recover from injuries, illnesses, and surgeries. You’ll use a variety of techniques and equipment to help your patient recover their mobility. Being a physical therapist assistant requires patience, empathy, and a wide knowledge of how our bodies work.  

At Fox College, our physical therapist assistant curriculum covers a broad base of knowledge, covering issues related to muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments, and tendons. You’ll spend the majority of your time taking classes directly related to your physical therapy career while learning in simulated clinical labs. 

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Fox College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: ; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 708-444-4519 or email




We encourage you to visit us and learn why our physical therapist assistant graduates Finish First!



At Fox College, our physical therapist assistant faculty has real-world experience, so they can teach in the classroom what it takes to succeed. 

Our class sizes are usually small, making it easier to get to know your teachers and get personal, one-on-one attention. You’ll be learning in our simulated physical therapy clinic, which houses the same types of equipment you’ll find on the job.

With Fox College's 18-month Physical Therapist Assistant program, you can learn about:

  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Kinesiology
  • Anatomy



Employment of Physical Therapist Assistants is expected to increase 29% from 2019 to 2029(# 2)



Fox College offers an 18-month Associate of Applied Science degree program. The program has been developed so you will spend the majority of your time in classes directly related to your physical therapist assistant career. You’ll also take a licensure exam prep course, where you can prepare to take your state exam.

To read course descriptions, download our school catalog. To see a sequential course roadmap by term, click here.

To see the essential functions you will need to perform in the program, please click to view the Essential Functions In The Physical Therapist Assistant Program.



  • Introduction to Physical Therapy  
  • Functional Anatomy for PTA I 
  • Functional Anatomy for PTA II  
  • Patient Care I
  • Patient Care II 
  • Physical Agents I 
  • Kinesiology Theory I 
  • Kinesiology Laboratory I 
  • Kinesiology Theory II 
  • Kinesiology Laboratory II  
  • Introduction to Therapeutic Intervention 
  • Therapeutic Intervention Neuromuscular Pathologies
  • Therapeutic Intervention Neuromuscular Pathologies Laboratory 
  • Introduction to Disease 
  • Physical Agents II 
  • Manual Therapy Techniques  
  • Therapeutic Intervention Orthopedic Pathologies 
  • Therapeutic Intervention Orthopedic Pathologies Laboratory  
  • Therapeutic Intervention Special Populations
  • Therapeutic Intervention Special Populations Laboratory 
  • Therapeutic Intervention Special Populations II
  • Practice Clinical Simulation 
  • Special Topics in PT Practice
  • PTA Professional Issues I
  • PTA Professional Issues II
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects demand for physical therapist assistants to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations3. Demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the health needs of an aging population, particularly the large baby-boomer generation.

As part of our commitment to helping you find a job after graduation, Fox College career services assistance will help you find the right job!



Fox College graduates work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Private medical offices
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Our-patient rehabilitation facilities 


2020 89.1% 93.4% 96.7% 91.0%
2019 82.4% 90.2% 96.7% 91.0%
2019-2020 Averages 85.8% 91.8% 96.7% 91.0%

*Third-party verified



As long as you stay enrolled full-time at Fox College, tuition rates will be frozen and will never go up from year to year. There are a variety of financial aid programs available for those who qualify. 

Associate Degree Program
TUITION/ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022)
Tuition Per Semester (Semesters 1-4)
Tuition Semester 5
Application Fee
Tuition Deposit
Confirmation Deposit
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program)
Lab Fees Per Semester (Semesters 1-4 only)
* Associate Degree Program is 4.5 Semesters