The student can expect to incur some fees/expenses while enrolled in the PTA program
and upon graduation. While enrolled these fees include, but are not limited to:
Maintenance fees for pre-requisite, general education, and PTA courses:
- In District -$122/credit hour
- Out of district -$171/credit hour
- Out of state -$233/credit hour
Textbooks and course materials: Students are expected to purchase the required textbooks and course materials for
PTA courses each semester. These can cost anywhere from $300-$800 per year.
Health insurance: All PTA students are required to carry personal health insurance during the second
year of the program at your expense. Students are also required to have liability
insurance each semester for clinicals which is covered by the college through tuition
Castlebranch Compliance Tracker: Required for the student to upload PTA program paperwork requirements. The cost is
Family Care Safety Registry: Required for placement at clinical sites. Will cost approximately $15.
Criminal background check: Required for placement at clinical sites. Will cost approximately $14 and up depending
on the number of states you’ve lived in.
Drug screen: Required for placement at clinical sites. Approximately $35.
PTA program shirt/ lab coat/uniform: PTA program shirts are strongly recommended for off-site labs, field trips, skills
practical checkouts, etc. they are $25. Some clinical sites require a lab coat, uniform
or scrubs that you would be responsible for acquiring.
Clinical Education Expenses: Students are responsible for potential expenses related to of clinical activities
(i.e. gas, transportation costs, housing if applicable, etc.)
APTA Membership: Student membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a requirement
for the final semester of the program. Joining the organization will entitle you to
journals, communications, special conference, programs, etc. It will keep you informed
of important legal, ethical and practical issues and guide you in your professional
growth. Several of our graduates have been honored by the Missouri Physical Therapy
Association. Cost for student membership is $100.
For 2019, the total cost of the program was estimated at $11,186 in-district and $14,450
out of district for two years taking all courses in the curriculum.
Licensure Examination: Examination and processing costs will be approximately $600.
Licensure fees: Maintaining your license will be approximately $50 every two years.
- St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded
by federal, state and private agencies.
- STLCC provides a Cost Calculator to help students estimate costs.
- For information on STLCC Scholarships