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Physical Therapist Assistant

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The path to great opportunities in the health care industry!

Are you looking for a rewarding career in the Healthcare Field?

Then you’re an ideal candidate for The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree program.
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant program?
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.
What is experiential learning?
Simply 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. Our instructors use a variety of teaching tools such as:
  • Case-study reviews
  • In-classroom experiments
  • Lab work
  • Multimedia classroom presentations
  • Role-playing scenarios
What kind of career will I have?
Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These locations include:
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Home health care agencies
  • Medical and surgical hospitals
  • Outpatient physical therapy offices and clinics
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Rehabilitation hospitals
Work schedules vary depending upon the needs of health care providers and their patients.
Where can I go after P.I.T.?
One 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.
Why choose P.I.T. for your Physical Therapist Assistant education?
  1. Earn your Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree
    A Physical Therapist Assistant Program is designed so students can complete their associate degree coursework, while being thoroughly prepared to take the state licensure exams after they are finished.

  2. Experienced Instructors
    Our instructors either come from a real world background or still hold positions in their fields. They share their working knowledge to better prepare our students to enter the workplace.

  3. Intimate learning environment and family atmosphere
    Our instructors know each student on a first name basis. Smaller class sizes allow us to focus on each student’s individual strengths and areas to improve.

  4. Portfolio Building and Interview Coaching
    The value of a P.I.T. education extends beyond the classroom! Our instructors work hard to prepare graduates through portfolio building and interview coaching.
*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; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective April 30, 2014, Physical Therapist Assistant Program/Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

Members of the public who would like to submit comments and/or feedback about the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology's Physical Therapist Assistant Program may send written comments to: Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs, 800 Manchester Avenue, Media, PA 19063

P.I.T. is an independent, not-for-profit, degree granting college, accredited by Middle States*
* Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267)-284-5000