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Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares you for the high-demand field of physical therapy. PTAs are skilled and licensed health care providers who work with and under the direct supervision of licensed physical therapists. Our evidence-based program combines science-based courses with the opportunity to have diverse clinical experiences interacting directly with patients. Your first year provides the foundation of required Health Science courses. Once accepted into the PTA program, your second year curriculum offers a unique blend of clinical, classroom, and laboratory learning experiences. Students are prepared to successfully pass the state-administered National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination after graduation, and can then decide where they would like to practice, choosing from a variety of different settings. Physical Therapist Assistants are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, overall employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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:accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

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