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Physical Therapist Assistant
(Associate of Applied Science)

Achieve an Associate Degree in as few as 21 months*


Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and supervision of a Licensed Physical Therapist (PT). Together, they help patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain mobility, and manage pain. Physical Therapy Assistants are involved in the direct holistic care of patients. You will observe patients before, during, and after therapy, and report observations to the PT. PTAs help develop and stick to a plan of care for the patient that promotes the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) Mission Statement

Our Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree program provides students with diverse training in the classroom and laboratory as well as real-world experiences. Students will acquire the theoretical knowledge, technical skills, critical reasoning, and professional behaviors necessary to obtain entry-level positions as physical therapist assistants. Physical Therapy Assistant students are prepared to successfully complete the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE).

Learning Objectives / Instructional Outcomes

Students taking our Physical Therapist Assistant program will participate in current practice and real-world clinical experiences, be prepared to perform selected interventions and data collection, as well as assess the patient’s/client’s safety and response to interventions. Program graduates will recognize, respect, and act with consideration for individual differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs. Additionally, PTA graduates will effectively communicate with other members of the healthcare delivery team, interact with members of the patient’s/client’s family and caregivers, and work cooperatively with other healthcare providers. In collaboration with the Physical Therapist, PTA graduates will participate in the education of other healthcare providers, patients/clients and their families or primary caregivers, as well as the community.
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Physical Therapist Assistant
(Associate of Applied Science)

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Program Info

Below you will find campus-specific information about the Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) program.

CAPTE PTA Program Data:

CAPTE Physical Therapist Assistant Program Data

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Student Learning Outcomes

Accreditation


Memphis

The Physical Therapy Assistant program at Concorde Career College 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. The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Calandra Shannon at 901-761-3293 or email CShannon@Concorde.edu.

Curriculum

In order to graduate from the Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:

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Career Outlook

Career Overview

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. The PTA implements the Physical Therapist’s plan of care, assessing patient status and modifying selected interventions to progress and protect the safety and comfort of the patient. The PTA helps people of all ages who have impairments that limit movement, function, work and recreational activities. The PTA works in a variety of settings, including hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, skilled nursing facilities, schools, sports facilities, and more. The PTA provides a variety of physical therapy techniques as they carry out the Physical Therapist’s plan of care for the patient, including therapeutic exercise, functional training, soft tissue mobilization, and physical modalities, such as electrotherapy and ultrasound. The PTA may also assist the Physical Therapist in injury prevention, fitness, and wellness-oriented programs for a healthier and a more active lifestyle. To work as a PTA, an individual must graduate from a PTA program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), must apply and be accepted as a licensed/certified PTA applicant, and must pass the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) and, if required by the state, the state jurisprudence examination. Other requirements vary from state to state, according to physical therapy practice acts or state regulations governing physical therapy.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

Accreditation and Licensure

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Memphis

The Physical Therapy Assistant program at Concorde Career College 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. The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Calandra Shannon at 901-761-3293 or email CShannon@Concorde.edu.

FAQ

How Long Is The Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate Of Applied Science) Program at Concorde?

At Concorde, you can complete your Physical Therapist Assistant degree in as few as 21 months. However, program length can vary by campus. Please check with an admissions advisor for program length information.

When Does Concorde’s Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate Of Applied Science) Program Start?

Contact us to find out when the Physical Therapist Assistant program starts at a Concorde campus location near you.

Are physical therapy assistants in high demand?

According to BLS.gov, the physical therapist assistant job field is expected to grow by 29 percent through 2029. As the need for therapy for those with disabling medical conditions continues to increase, the amount of physical therapist assistants is expected to continue to grow.

Why should I become a physical therapist assistant?

Become a physical therapist assistant to work one-on-one with patients while watching them make progress through treatment. Whether the issue was due to an injury or disease, physical therapist assistants help their patients return to maximum function. Enjoy working long-term with individuals and form rewarding relationships.

Does Concorde offer physical therapist assistant externships?

Concorde incorporates real-world training and off-site clinical experiences in our programs.

How much is tuition for Concorde’s Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) program?

For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.

Do you have an Associate's degree in health care field, which is a pre-requisite for this program?