- Physical Therapist Assistant or Aide
These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
One of the most expanding fields in the medical industry is physical therapy. Assistants are constantly sought after to help the physical therapists which includes helping patients during their rehabilitation process. These PTAs (Physical Therapy Assistants) must aide people who have gone through minor through major trauma including people who have undergone accidents, burn patients, back pain, osteoarthritis, head and neck injuries, amputees, and people with more serious conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
PTAs must be trained to exercise these patients in a therapeutic way, giving therapeutic massage, evaluate and observe patients and maintain charts on the progress of individual patients. They must also be able to adjust or fit devices such as crutches or braces. Clerical and office duties are often needed, such as ordering supplies, completing forms and insurance applications and even answering phone calls from doctor’s offices and the patients themselves.
In order to become a physical therapy assistant, you must at least earn an associate’s degree in physical therapy assisting. There are many accredited physical therapy programs throughout the United States but the curriculum will vary greatly between programs. You will study the practice and theory of physical therapy but also have a rudimentary knowledge of medical science and general education. When you are in an accredited program, you must have a great deal of experience dealing hands-on while learning a clinical practicum.
If you truly want to have an advantage over other graduates, it is an excellent idea to volunteer as a physical therapist within certain facilities such as a geriatric facility. To succeed in your program, your overall knowledge of chemistry, biology, physiology, physics, first aid and social sciences will give you more recognition and set you apart from your colleagues.
An associate’s degree in physical therapy assistance does not require all that a physical therapist must endure. At a later date, if you decide that you want to become a physical therapist after graduating as a PTA, you might want to pursue PTA-to-PT accredited curricula.
Of course, to practice as a PTA, you have to obtain an associate’s degree from an accredited online PTA college. License prerequisites will vary within the fifty states besides earning your PTA degree. As you graduate, you might have to become certified in First Aid and CPR, for example and finish a minimum of practical work within a physical therapy organization.
Physical Therapy Associate’s Degree Programs Enrolling Now
Southern California Health Institute
Since 1996, Southern California Health Institute has been dedicated and committed to helping students achieve their dreams by providing an exceptional education that enables them to become skilled and successful manual therapists. We have graduated over 1,500 students who are now a part of a larger community of wellness and healthcare.
- North Hollywood
- Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab
Welcome to Carrington College – The Starting Point for Health Care Careers.
With roots that date back more than 45 years, Carrington College has helped to shape the careers of tens of thousands of students as they prepare to enter health care professions. Part of DeVry Education Group, Carrington College operates 18 campuses across 8 Western states through a broad range of programs that lead to certificates of achievement or associate degrees in medical, dental, administrative and veterinary fields.
Carrington College’s career-focused curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in their fields of study. Along with academic preparation and skills training, Carrington College students gain core institutional student learning outcomes in critical thinking, information management, and technical literacy. But it doesn’t end there. Personal and professional development, communication skills, respect, and responsibility are also emphasized throughout their education at Carrington College.
Students, faculty, and administrative staff at Carrington College are encouraged to pursue and achieve their highest potential. We strive for excellence and quality in everything we do and instill in our students the same aspirations. In doing so, we’re confident that our graduates will be prepared to begin working in the health care field and ready to meet the needs of patients.
- Pleasant Hill
- Physical Therapist Assistant
New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology – Located in East Greenwich, RI
New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs. As a leader in Technical Career Education in southern New England, New England Tech is committed to providing hands-on technological programs that prepare graduates for positions of leadership in the technical, industrial, business, and allied health communities. Most of our associate degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor’s degree programs in as little as three years. Every year over 2,000 students choose New England Tech for the hands-on laboratory and classroom training that provides the necessary skills to begin their technical careers.
- Hands-on Training
- Day or Evening Classes
- Financial Aid available for those who qualify / Ask about our Military and Veterans benefits
- Career Planning Assistance
- Housing Assistance
Financial Aid (for those who qualify):
- Non-repayable grants
- Work-study programs
- Student Loans
- Our own tuition payment plan
- Military and Veterans Benefits
- East Greenwich
- Physical Therapist Assistant