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Career Description

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, sports facilities, and more. PTAs must complete a 2-year associate's degree and are licensed health care providers. Examples of care provided by a PTA include (but are not limited to) 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 such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.

For a more complete description of careers in physical therapy, refer to the website of the American Physical Therapy Association.Will open new browser window or tab

Important Deadlines

Available appointments for testing and packet submission may be limited close to the published deadlines. Please schedule early when eligibility requirements are met.

  • April 1, 2014 - Deadline to register online for WorkKeys
  • April 15, 2014 - Program application deadline
  • May 1, 2014 - Clinical Observation Rating Forms deadline