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.
The Physical Therapist Assistant training at Concorde emphasizes real-world experiences that can prepare you from Day 1 to serve effectively in a variety of settings supporting physical therapy treatments.
Classroom-to-career skills training
Concorde's Physical Therapist Assistant program equips you comprehensively through an emphasis on:
- Therapeutic exercises
- Functional training
- Mobility training
- Ambulation training
- Activities of daily living
Physical therapist assistant jobs are projected to grow at a higher-than-average rate of 29 percent. This field is forecast to continue its growth because of an aging generation of baby boomers and an increase in chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Find out more about what a career in physical therapy looks like.
*Source: BLS.gov 2019-2029
Where can a physical therapist assistant work?
Physical therapist assistants can benefit a variety of work settings, including:
- Inpatient hospital settings
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Rehabilitation centers
- Government hospitals
- Convalescent hospitals
Accreditation and Licensure
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