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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Older populations are continuing to stay more active than previous generations, creating an increased demand for Physical Therapist Assistants. If you like helping people and are looking for a physically active career with direct patient interaction, then getting your physical therapist assistant training from Professional Skills Institute may be a good option for you.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Professional Skills Institute is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. Accreditation is active through June 30, 2030. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (419) 720-6670 ext. 3000 or email Deanna.Lamb@ProSkills.edu.

 

Program Details

96

Weeks Program Length

*Hybrid programs combine a supportive, hands-on, campus-based education environment with the independence and flexibility of online learning.

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Your Role as a Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain movement, and manage pain. PTAs are responsible for implementing patient treatment plans through a variety of techniques such as therapeutic exercises, stretching, balance training, and soft tissue mobilization. Physical agents commonly used include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, lumbar and cervical traction, hydrotherapy, and diathermy. PTAs educate patients on the use of special equipment, such as a TENS unit, as part of their treatment plan. Other functions include preparing the treatment area, cleaning equipment, scheduling appointments, and ordering supplies.

Most Physical Therapist Assistants work in physical therapy clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care and academia.

The Professional Skills Institute Advantage

  • Clinical Training​

    At PSI, our focus is on your success. Employment is the goal. The 96-week (eight 12-week quarters) Physical Therapist Assistant program includes 656 hours of clinical training. During your 6th and 8th quarters, the majority of your training will consist of working onsite in actual physical therapy departments and clinics. During this special real-world training you'll have an opportunity to shadow qualified professionals and apply the skills you've learned during your campus labs, working with actual patients. A dedicated clinical coordinator works closely with students to help match clinical sites best suited for their location and schedules..

  • Fully Equipped Labs​

    PSI provides labs that are fully equipped with the tools and equipment that you can expect to be using in your job as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

  • Qualified Instructors

    Physical Therapist Assistant courses are taught by instructors who have a minimum of Bachelor of Science or Arts degree. In addition, every instructor is required to have at least 3 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. Students benefit from the real-world experience from instructors who have worked in the field.

Careers In Focus - Physical Therapist Assistant

If you enjoy helping others and are interested in a physically active career, you should consider a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). PTAs work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain movement, and manage pain. Check out our infographic to find out what you’ll do, where you’ll work and the career opportunity for a PTA!

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Get Physical Therapist Assistant Jobs with Your PSI Education

With a Professional Skills Institute education, you’ll have opportunities to apply for physical therapist assistant jobs to some of the most highly sought-after medical employers in the state. Here are just a few of the companies who have hired our graduates:

  • Central Park West Health Center
  • PT Link Physical Therapy
  • Mercy Health Walk-in Family Medicine
  • Promedica
  • Kingston Care Centers

Did You Know...

Physical therapist assistants help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.

Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides

21% expected growth rate in Ohio from 2018 to 2028
https://ohiolmi.com/Home/LToccOhio

32% expected growth rate nationwide from 2020 to 2030
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm#tab-6

Additional Information

PSI's Physical Therapist Assistant program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) in the state of Ohio and in the state of Michigan.

We have not made a determination for the following states*: AL, AK, American Samoa, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, Guam, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MD, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, N. Marianas Island, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, Virgin Islands, WA, WV, WI, WY

Those who successfully graduate from the Physical Therapist Assistant program may be eligible to take the NPTE:PTA National Physical Therapy Exam®. Approval to take the examination is not automatic. Successfully passing the NPTE:PTA is one of several requirements for licensure.

Requirements for licensure vary among states. In order to locate the licensure eligibility requirements of another state, please contact the licensing board of that state.

*If you need additional information on state eligibility or transferability requirements for these states, please contact your Program Director or the Campus Director

National Level
Professional Skills Institute is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

ABHES is recognized by the Secretary of Education as a national accrediting body determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered by the educational institutions and programs it accredits. Its approved and recognized scope includes degree and non-degree granting private, postsecondary institutions offering educational programs predominantly in allied health; and the programmatic accreditation of medical assistant, medical laboratory technician, and surgical technology programs. When you attend an ABHES-accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality.

State Level
Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
PSI has been granted state approval to confer the Associate of Applied Science Degrees and program Diplomas. http://scr.ohio.gov/

Programmatic Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Professional Skills Institute is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. Accreditation is active through June 30, 2030. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (419) 720-6670 ext. 3000 or email Deanna.Lamb@ProSkills.edu.

The following are a few of the courses that you'll take as part of the Physical Therapist Assistant program:

  • Structural Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • PTA Techniques
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for Financial Aid information.