CSM Presentation | Mar 14, 2014

CSM PRESENTATION
By Korti Miller, PTA Student

Our presentation focused on whether the PTA degree should switch to a Bachelor's degree or stay at an Associate's degree. Since the PT degree recently switched to a doctorate, we feel there is a big chance the PTA degree might switch to an Associate's. Even though it is a lot to learn in two years, they would not add more physical therapy related courses just general education courses to the curriculum. So, would it be necessary to switch to a Bachelor's degree if they are not going to add any more physical therapy related courses? We sent out a national survey and asked other PTA students whether they thought it would be necessary to switch to a Bachelor's degree or stay at an Associate's degree. 560 students responded and 65% of them thought it should be switched over to a Bachelor's degree. However, 27% of those students would not have gone to college to become a PTA if it was a Bachelor's degree.

We also looked at student loan debt comparing public colleges and private colleges for PTA students. The average student loan debt for just the PTA program for public colleges was around $8,000 and the average for private colleges was $24,000. As you can see, the public colleges are much cheaper than the private college programs.