A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a healthcare provider working under the direction of a Physical Therapist. In our program, you’ll learn to treat individuals with muscular, skeletal, cardiopulmonary, and nervous system disorders, as well as injury prevention and individual and group wellness. You will also learn to provide physical therapy services as specified in a care plan developed by a Physical Therapist. Treatment program implementation may include therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, activities of daily living, and administration of physical agents such as heat and cold.
Skills You’ll Learn
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:
- Providing intervention established by the Physical Therapist (PT) in a safe manner while minimizing risk to patients, self, and others
- Providing appropriate instruction to patients, family, caregivers, and other professionals to achieve patient goals and outcomes as described in the plan of care by the PT
- Developing a plan for continuing education and/or career development that incorporates evidence-based practice
- Demonstrating the ability to meet the entry-level job responsibilities of a PTA, which includes academic and clinical preparedness, punctuality, following the PT directives, and ensuring safety, privacy, and confidentiality of patients
There are many employment opportunities for Physical Therapist Assistant graduates, including:
- Outpatient Clinics
- Home healthcare agencies
- Nursing homes
- Private practices
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Plan of Study
The recommended course sequence for this program and a complete list of related classes are available in the Academic Catalog. Click the button below to view a copy of this plan of study, which is also available as a PDF.