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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Additional Program Costs

Academic Coursework Expenses

College Tuition and Fees (for one academic year):

  • $3900 for full-time student (for NYS residents) 
  • $4,500 for full-time student (out-of-state) 
  • $510 Mandatory fees for full-time student 
  • $160 tuition per credit hour for part-time student (NYS resident)
  • $185 tuition per credit hour for part-time student (out of state) 

(See Financial Aid > College Costs for the most current college costs.)

PTA Program and Career Expenses:

  • $1,385 for required textbooks and lab supplies in all PTA courses throughout entire two years
  • (Additional funds will be required for textbooks in required courses that do not begin with the 'PTA' prefix, such as English) 
  • $100 fee for licensure and first registration with NYS Dept. of Education* 
  • $50 fee for limited permit to work as a PTA in NYS for six months* 
  • $400 for registration to take the national PTA Licensing Exam*

(NOTE: * denotes that these fees are due around graduation time)

Clinical Expenses

The PTA program includes three clinical internships that are full-time experiences in different types of health care settings.

Required clinical expenses for the entire program include the following:

Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing during clinical education periods. Placements may be up to one hour away from the students' home. For example, a student traveling 100 miles/day in a vehicle that travels 25 mpg would expect to spend approximately $16 per day, given that gas was $4 a gallon. This amounts to $80 a week.

  • $100-400 for a health physical exam, lab work and immunizations. (Your insurance policy may pay for all or part of the cost.) Due to the timing of the clinical internship courses, you may need either one or two health physical exams.
  • Health Insurance is required for any student participating in the clinical education component of the curriculum. This coverage may represent a considerable expense for students. Students are advised to consult with their employer for options or state government sponsored programs for eligibility and costs. Due to recent changes in health care, the school no longer offers a health insurance program for students. Proof of medical insurance including hospitalization is required prior to each clinical affiliation.
  • $51 For Malpractice Insurance 
  • $15 For a student name tag required by state law 
  • Travel Expenses

Potential clinical expenses depend on your clinical assignment and may include the following:

  • $50-200 for tolls and/or parking fees 
  • $40-$60 for a white lab coat, depending on the dress code at the facility 
  • $50 for special footwear, depending on the dress code at the facility 
  • $5-$7/day for lunch, if purchased at the facility 
  • $50-$200 for appropriate professional attire such as dress clothes, scrubs, or other uniform. 
  • Extra child care expenses to accommodate additional time away from the house compared to when the student is just taking classes 
  • $200-$500 for short term housing for out-of-state clinical affiliation sites
  • $0-$150 for criminal background check, fingerprinting and drug testing
  • $5-50 electronic medical record user fee

Where to Go for Financial Aid Information

Visit the GCC Financial Aid web page. To be considered for College-based financial assistance, students must be enrolled or accepted for admission. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 of each year. By filing this form, students will be considered for various types of financial assistance offered directly by the College. FAFSA data received after May 1 may be too late for campus-based assistance for that year.

In accordance with federal regulations, the New York State Human Rights Law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Genesee Community College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender religion, marital status, veteran status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation in educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment.