Physical Therapist Assistant
Older populations are continuing to stay more active than previous generations, creating an increased demand for Physical Therapist Assistants.
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain movement, and manage pain. PTAs are responsible for implementing patient treatment plans through a variety of techniques such as therapeutic exercises, stretching, balance training, and soft tissue mobilization. Physical agents commonly used include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, lumbar and cervical traction, hydrotherapy, and diathermy. PTAs educate patients on the use of special equipment, such as a TENS unit, as part of their treatment plan. Other functions include preparing the treatment area, cleaning equipment, scheduling appointments, and ordering supplies. This program is the right fit for students who desire a physically active career working directly with patients.
Most Physical Therapist Assistants work in physical therapy clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care and Academia.
Professional Skills Institute combines qualified instruction with the exercise equipment, patient care tools, and assistive devices you'd find on your first day of work. In addition, the Physical Therapist Assistant program includes 656 clinical hours in actual physical therapy departments and clinics. This clinical education will prepare you with the on-the-job skills to function as an important part of the rehabilitation team.
- Program length: 96 weeks, (eight 12 week quarters)
- 109 Credit Hours: 1916 Clock Hours (300 hours in general education, 960 hours in technical courses and 656 clinical hours)
- Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Graduates of PSI's Physical Therapist Assistant program are qualified to take:
- NPTE for PTA - National Physical Therapy Exam through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Professional Skills Institute is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
ABHES is recognized by the Secretary of Education as a national accrediting body determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered by the educational institutions and programs it accredits. It's approved and recognized scope includes degree and non-degree granting private, postsecondary institutions offering educational programs predominantly in allied health; and the programmatic accreditation of medical assistant, medical laboratory technician, and surgical technology programs. When you attend an ABHES-accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality.
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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Professional Skills Institute is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
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BIO102Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO103Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO306Fundamentals of Disease
BIO307Growth & Development
PTA101Introduction to Physical Therapy
PTA102Rehabilitation Therapy I
PTA306-AClinical Practicum I-A
PTA306-BClinical Practicum I-B
PTA408Rehabilitation Therapy II
PTA410-AClinical Practicum II-A
PRA410-BClinical Practicum II-B
PSY101Introduction to Psychology
SOC101Introduction to Sociology
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