Physical Therapist Assistant, AS

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Physical Therapist Assistant with patient

This physical therapist assistant degree offers a hands on experience to students to prepare them for a career as an PTA.

Change Lives for the Better as a Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) work closely under the supervision of Physical Therapists to help people improve their physical capabilities. 

As a PTA, you will learn to provide care specified by a Physical Therapist such as physical exercise, the use of special devices or technology and education. Your goals would be to help patients manage pain, increase mobility and achieve a better quality of life.

PTAs are employed in many different settings including:

  • hospitals
  • private practices
  • outpatient clinics
  • nursing homes
  • schools
  • sports and fitness facilities
  • home healthcare

Program Information

  • This is an accredited Associate of Science degree program that can be completed in 22 months.
  • The program combines 710 hours of clinical components along with classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Clinicals are located in the Omaha, NE metro area as well as surrounding communities. 
  • Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, students learn how to teach movement, strength and coordination exercises; train patients to use crutches, canes or walkers; administer massage therapy and use ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
  • Students must earn a total of 75 credits for this degree program.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Salary & Job Outlook

How much does a physical therapist assistant make? O*Net Online indicates the U.S. median physical therapist assistant salary in 2014 was $54,410 per year or $26.16 per hour, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a much faster than average job growth of 41 percent between 2012 and 2022.

PTA Professional Organizations

PTA Licensure

Graduates are prepared for an entry-level physical therapist assistant position and to sit for the national certification examination through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Graduates are also required to pass a state licensure exam in most states. All physical therapist assistants must work under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.

An individual who works as a physical therapist assistant in a jurisdiction where licensure or regulation is presently unavailable is required to be a graduate of a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by CAPTE.