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Physical Therapist Assistant


A physical therapist assistant is a licensed health care professional who provides treatment according to a plan developed by and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Licensing Requirements:

A New York physical therapist assistant has completed an approved two-year college program that includes studies in anatomy and physiology; in addition, instruction addresses how to provide treatment under the supervision of a physical therapist. New York physical therapist assistants have passed a national written examination and met all criteria for licensure in New York State, including clinical experience.


The fee for certification as a physical therapist assistant is $103.
The fee for a limited permit for a physical therapist assistant is $50 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 549 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 486 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 279 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 5,568 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Physical Therapy
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: (518) 474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 180 (voice)
Fax: (518) 402-5944
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

31-2021 - Physical Therapist Assistants
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-1488
Phone: (800) 999-2782
Fax: (703) 684-7343

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
124 West Street South, 3rd floor
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 299-3100
Fax: (703) 299-3110


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/8/21.

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