If you are looking for a rewarding career in Healthcare, then you may want to consider the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree program.
Please Note: This program isselective. Any student interested in becoming a candidate for this program must complete the requirements found in the following information:
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 who develops a plan of care for that patient. The Physical Therapist Assistant may then carry 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 the state licensing examination in order to practice.
Experiential learning fosters the “hands-on” approach that characterizes physical therapy care.
The curriculum of a PTA Program includes classroom, lab study, and clinical education to provide hands-on learning under the direction of licensed Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants. You will first learn and perform physical therapy treatments in the classroom/lab coursework. When you have successfully demonstrated proficiency in these interventions, you will proceed to the clinical experiences.
This approach is designed to engage students actively in problem solving, continuous assessment, critical thinking, and the decision making necessary for safe and effective patient treatment.
Physical therapy treatments can include therapeutic exercise, functional training, therapeutic massage, physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound, traction, mobility training, neuromuscular reeducation, gait and transfer training, wound care, and instruction in activities of daily living, or use of assistive devices.
You will complete 3 clinical affiliations in various types of settings, for a total of 14 weeks during the technical phase of our PTA program.
Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These locations can include:
- Privately owned Physical Therapy practices
- Rehabilitation hospitals – acute and subacute settings
- Home health care agencies
- Extended Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities
Work schedules vary depending upon the needs of setting, health care providers and their patients.
After graduation from an accredited physical therapy assistant education program, and successfully passing the state-administered National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination to obtain licensure, you can seek job opportunities to work as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in any of the above settings.
|Three-Year Outcome Data as of December 2015
||Class Graduated Year
||3 Year Average
(Percentage of students who enter the PTA Program and graduate within three years)
|Percentage of Graduates who Were Employed in Physical Therapy Within 6 Months of Passing the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination
|Ultimate Pass Rate (%) for P.I.T. PTA Graduates Who Took the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination
* P.I.T. received CAPTE accreditation status in April 2015. There were no graduating classes in 2013 or 2014.
** First graduating class August 2015 – ultimate outcomes pending
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org
is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com
; website: http://www.capteonline.org