Physical Therapist Assistant, AS
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. In less than two years, you can earn your associate degree and make an immediate difference in persons' lives.
During your PTA education from Nebraska Methodist College, you'll learn to provide care specified by a Physical Therapist. This can include physical exercise, education and the use of special devices or technology. Your goals will be to help patients manage pain, increase mobility and achieve a better quality of life.
PTAs are employed in many different settings, including:
- private practices
- outpatient clinics
- nursing homes
- sports and fitness facilities
- home healthcare
- This is an accredited Associate of Science degree program that can be completed in 21 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 May 2015 was $55,170 per year or $26.52 per hour, with a much faster than average projected job growth of 41 percent between 2014 and 2024.
PTA Professional Organizations
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.