Helping people take back their lives.

Physical therapy is one of the most rapidly growing and rewarding careers, and the associate degree program at Mercyhurst North East can offer you the best education in the field. Our esteemed faculty will prepare you to become an important member of a health care team, where you will work under a physical therapist to provide hands-on care that helps improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Join the program today and do your part to help patients regain their strength and take back their lives.

Still Time to Apply for Fall 2020 Entry!

Whether you’re just starting out in your Physical Therapist Assistant education, or need to transfer and continue your education elsewhere, Mercyhurst’s PTA Program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2020. We would be happy to work with you to explore your options and facilitate your entry into the program. Our program is a long-standing, well-established program with a firm commitment to preparing our students for entry-level practice within the field of physical therapy. The program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since 1996.

Begin your application at or contact PTA Program Director Janice Haas at or 814-725-6305.

Fast Facts

  • 95% of our PTA graduates found employment within one year
  • PTAs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient physical therapy clinics, rehab centers, and home health care

  • Some MNE alum have gone on to earn a bachelor's degree in sports medicine at Mercyhurst's Erie Campus and other four-year institutions

  • Each student is required to complete 640 hours of clinical work at one of the multiple facilities committed to working with the North East program

  • Students in our program receive hands-on training in the PTA Lab and learn how to use equipment like hydrotherapy tanks, treatment and mat tables, parallel bars, wall pulleys, and elastic resistance

  • A scholarship opportunity exists for this program. Established in 2013 in memory of a North East PTA grad, the Danny Bilski PTA Assistance Fund supports current PTA students continue and complete their studies in the field Danny was so passionate about

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors in all patient/client interactions, including simulated situations
  • Perform interventions and data collection in a safe and effective manner as directed in the plan of care and within the scope of practice of a physical therapist assistant
  • Effectively monitor patient response to treatment and respond appropriately
  • Utilize appropriate communication and documentation to aid in the effective operation of the physical therapy department and the provision of physical therapy services


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mercyhurst University is accredited by: 
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 814-725-6305, or email

Public Comment Policy

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mercyhurst University actively seeks feedback about program, student, and graduate performance. Individuals are welcome to provide comments or concerns. Comments should be submitted to the PTA Program Director. If an individual would like to comment directly to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), comments can be made via the CAPTE website.

Meet the Faculty

Physical Therapist Assistant
Clint Jones, Ph.D.
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences
Janice Haas, M.S.
Associate Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences, Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant, Assistant Professor
Alexis Caldwell
Lab Supervisor, Physical Therapist Assistant Program