The Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) A.A.S. program prepares students for a career in physical therapy and allows the students to enter the workforce directly after passing the national licensing examination. Physical therapy is a dynamic health career and PTAs provide a variety of physical therapy techniques. PTAs conduct therapeutic exercises, functional trainings, deep soft tissue massages, and other physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound. PTAs work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist (PT) to provide therapy for patients who are recovering from injury and illness enabling patients to regain movement and manage pain. The objective of this program will be to prepare a globally skilled workforce of PTAs competent in performing selected physical therapy services under the direct supervision of a PT and who will become life-long learners who are productive and highly engaged members of the healthcare community.
Upon completion of the PTA A.A.S. degree, students are prepared to take the National PTA Licensing Examination. Students who pass the licensing exam earn credentials to work as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
Physical Therapy assistants work in hospitals, outpatient therapy clinics, schools, nursing facilities, research laboratories, rehabilitation centers, and similar practice settings.
Duration / time to complete
This program is designed for students to complete 70 credits in 6 semesters, or approximately two years. Because the curriculum is still in development, this information is subject to modifications.
Renee Davis, Ed.D
Assistant Dean, Health, Business, Tech & Science