Physical Therapist Assistant Overview
- 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? The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the U.S. median physical therapist assistant salary in 2010 was $49,690 per year, with a much faster than average projected job growth until 2020 of 46 percent.
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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.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Nebraska Methodist 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.