Physical Therapy Associate's Degree Programs

Physical Therapy Associate’s Degree Programs

Career Options

  • Physical Therapist Assistant or Aide

Expected Salary

$37,710

Job Growth

45%

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.

Campus
  • North Hollywood
Programs
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab

Carrington College

Welcome to Carrington College ®. With roots that date back nearly 35 years, Carrington College takes pride in having successfully shaped the careers of thousands of graduates who have entered allied health professions. Carrington College offers specialized certificate and associate degree programs that meet the needs of all students, regardless of educational background, age, skill level, ethnicity, or cultural orientation. Each Carrington certificate or associate degree program combines lecture and laboratory experiences to provide students with the appropriate education to pursue the health care profession of their choice. Our broad-based curricula help students develop effective critical-thinking and communication skills along with the key competencies needed for specialized employment. In addition, a Carrington College education instills students with a philosophy that values not only learning and professionalism, but also contribution and commitment to the community.

Campus
  • Mesa
  • Las Vegas
Programs
  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Beckfield College

We take YOU and your goals for success seriously at Beckfield College from the minute you first enter one of our campuses or online. We help you every step of the way, beginning with a personal interview, through financial aid, during your academic studies, and finally achieving career goals upon graduation. We get to know all of our students – by name, face and professional aspirations.

Campus
  • Tri-County
Programs
  • Chiropractic Assisting

Concorde Career College

We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn. And at Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed – and get you into the workforce quickly.

Even in today’s economy, the demand for skilled healthcare professionals shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Guide to Industries (2010-2011 Edition), the healthcare industry will generate .2 million in new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016 – more than any other industry.

Now’s a great time to get started – and to move toward a rewarding healthcare career.

Campus
  • Miramar
Programs
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant - (AS)