Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Information about this exciting field:

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. Employing the knowledge of the patient’s condition, the PTA performs hands-on treatments utilizing therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, pain relieving modalities and other functional activities. A PTA must use critical thinking and problem solving skills on a daily basis to treat a variety of patients of all ages and cultural backgrounds. The PTA must also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact appropriately with patients, families, coworkers and other healthcare providers.

Is this program for me?

  • Are you interested in how the human body works and moves?
  • Do you want to interact directly with patients?
  • Are you interested in a hands-on career?
  • Are you an effective and compassionate communicator?
  • Do you have the physical strength and stamina to keep a patient safe?
  • Can you motivate people?
  • Are you able to follow detailed directions?

Where might I find a job?

  • Sports medicine facilities
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Home care

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Chattahoochee Technical 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: accreditation@apta.org: website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Program Outcome Data

  • Graduation Rate 2013-2015 (most recent 3-year average) = 89%
  • Licensure Exam Pass Rate 2012 – 2014 (most recent 3 years) = 100%
  • Employment Rate: within 6 months of graduation 2012-2014 (most recent 3 years) = 100%

Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow much faster than average because of increasing demand for physical therapy services. Job prospects for physical therapist assistants are expected to be very good. Earnings for a physical therapist assistant depend on the practice setting, years of experience, and geographic location. Median annual earnings nationally of physical therapist assistants in 2010 were $49,690. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,070, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $68,820. Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes312021.htm)

Program Length

Physical Therapist Assistant occupational courses will be completed in four (4) semesters.

Program Specifics

Academic Advisement

Students should contact a Health Sciences Advisor with questions about admission criteria to schedule an advisement appointment.

Campus Locations

Program prerequisite courses are offered at multiple campuses and online.  Physical Therapist Assistant occupational courses are offered at the North Metro Campus.

Program Director

Stephanie Puffer, PT, DPT, PCS

Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree