Physical Therapist Assistant
For more information contact:
Brandi Varnado, MPT
PTA Program Director
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Information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
What does a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) do?
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, and sports facilities. PTAs must complete a 2-year associate's degree and are licensed, certified, or registered in most states.
Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
- Observe patients before and during therapy, noting their status and reporting to a physical therapist
- Help patients do specific exercises
- Use a variety of techniques, such as massage and stretching to treat patients
- Use devices and equipment, such as walkers, to help patients
- Educate a patient and family members about what to do after treatment
- Help patients move to or from a therapy area
Most physical therapist assistants work in physical therapists' offices or in hospitals. PTA's are frequently on their feet and moving as they set up equipment and help care for patients.
Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 46% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the health needs of an aging population, particularly the large baby-boom generation. Physical therapists are expected to increasingly use assistants to reduce the cost of physical therapy services. Once the physical therapist has evaluated a patient and designed a treatment plan, the physical therapist assistant can provide many parts of the treatment, as directed by the therapist.
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PTA Program at Clovis Community CollegeThe PTA program is not currently accepting applications. To be notified of updates and when we are accepting applications, sign up for the PTA program newsletter above in the box to the right.
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Clovis Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
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In order to be accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at CCC, students must have successfully passed the following courses or the equivalent determined by an Academic Advisor:
- CIS 120
- ENG 102
- ENG 104
- COMM 101
- MATH 107
- BIOL 211
- BIOL 212
- NSG 105
- PSY 106
Students interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant program can refer to the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistance degree plan. For more information, please see the CCC Catalog.