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.
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:
- 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 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
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.