Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Description

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Taylor College will train students to acquire knowledge, clinical competency, and integrity to positively influence their patients and profession. The 72-credit curriculum includes general education and technical physical therapist assistant courses as well as practical clinical experience. PTAs function as members of the healthcare team by providing patient care under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. They provide treatment to patients with various diagnoses to relieve pain and/or improve function. PTAs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, rehabilitation centers, school systems, sports teams, home health agencies, skilled therapy facilities and other qualified facilities.

Taylor College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE). The Physical Therapy Assistant Program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Profession Overview

 

Occupational Profile

 

Observation Hours

The Physical Therapist Assistant program requires the completion of 8 documented observation hours in a Physical Therapy Setting.

Standard Length of Program

5 Semesters, 20 Months

Award

Associate of Science Degree

Program Size

24 students per program (program offered once a year in January)

Program Courses

Course Titles Credits
English Composition 3
College Algebra 3
Intro to Psychology 3
Introduction to Ethics 3
Lifespan Development 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
Introduction to Physical Therapy Lab 1
Anatomy and Kinesiology 3
Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab 1
Fundamentals of Treatment I 2
Fundamentals of Treatment I Lab 1
Pathophysiology 2
Therapeutic Modalities 2
Therapeutic Modalities Lab 1
Fundamentals of Treatment II 4
Fundamentals of Treatment II Lab 2
Physical Therapy Clinical Education I 4
Pharmacology 2
Concepts in Physical Therapy I 2
Concepts in Physical Therapy I Lab 1
Fundamentals of Treatment III 5
Fundamentals of Treatment III Lab 1
Physical Therapy Clinical Education II 4
Concepts in Physical Therapy II 2
Concepts in Physical Therapy II Lab 1
Physical Therapy Clinical Education III 6
Total Credits 72

*Some courses included in this program are instructed in a distance learning (online) format.

PTA Accreditation Information

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

www.capteonline.org

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Taylor College is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22317; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org.

Employment Outlook

As a prospective student, we hope you can review each of our program’s details and find the one that best suits you. As you prepare for a future in the healthcare industry, please find the following industry-related occupation statistics useful in your research:

All employment outlook statistics were referenced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, please visit the website at www.bls.gov

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Physical Therapy Program Outcome Data 2018

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