Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant student

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Updated May 2014

Career Overview

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are licensed and work under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide therapeutic, preventative, and educational interventions to help recover function resulting from illness or injury.

PTAs enjoy their choice of a wide variety of practice settings such as outpatient physical therapy clinics, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. Some serve as members of the armed forces. In some cases, PTAs may also accept traveling work assignments. PTAs who attain four-year or advanced degrees may choose to become educators, researchers, and administrators. The American Physical Therapist Association offers Advanced Clinical Practice recognition to qualified PTAs who demonstrate advanced skills in a designated setting.

Career Pathway information for Physical Therapy Assistants

Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, and weekend schedules are commonly available.

CAPTE logoProgram Accreditation

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lane Community 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

Three Year Program Outcome Data
Graduation YearGraduation RateExam Pass RateEmployment Rate 6 months after graduation
201175%100%92%
201279%100%84%
201375%94%100%

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