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? The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the U.S. median physical therapist assistant salary in 2013 was $53,360 per year or $25.65 per hour, with a much faster than average projected job growth until 2022 of 41 percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

PTA Professional Organizations