A Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares
individuals for the high demand field of Physical Therapy. Physical Therapist
Assistants, commonly called PTAs, are skilled and licensed health care
providers who work with and under the direct supervision of licensed Physical
Therapists, or PTs.
Both PTs and PTAs provide a range of physical therapy
services to people with different disabilities. When a patient is referred for
physical therapy services, an initial evaluation is performed by the physical
therapist. The physical therapist outlines a program of care for the patient.
The physical therapist assistant carries out the treatment plan as instructed
and overseen by the physical therapist. A physical therapist assistant must
graduate from an accredited PTA program and successfully pass state licensing
examinations in order to practice.
put, experiential learning is learning through direct experience. We feel it’s
the best way to learn, and we designed our program around it. So when you
attend classes at P.I.T., get ready for more than just textbooks
instructors use a variety of teaching tools such as:
- Case-study reviews
- In-classroom experiments
- Lab work
- Multimedia classroom presentations
- Role-playing scenarios
therapist assistants work in a variety of settings under the supervision
of a licensed physical therapist. These locations include:
health care agencies
and surgical hospitals
physical therapy offices and clinics
Skilled nursing facilities
- Rehabilitation hospitals
schedules vary depending upon the needs of health care providers and their
option is to transfer your credits to one of the many four-year colleges or universities
in pursuit of your non-physical therapy bachelor of science degree.
Alternatively, you can work in your field right after graduation. Either way, P.I.T. will prepare you for the
next step that’s right for YOU.