Orlando - Physical Therapist Assistant Program Outline

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Info Chart

ProgramCreditsMonths
Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant7320
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

In Herzing’s well-recognized associate degree program, students gain a foundation in natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and humanities as well as specific career knowledge, skills, and capabilities. They also participate in planned clinical and laboratory experiences that provide a hands-on approach to classroom learning. Graduates are prepared to take the National Licensing Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs). Download Program Course Sheet

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Objectives

Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:

  1. Perform as an entry-level physical therapist assistant who demonstrates technical competence, makes sound clinical decisions, and provides safe and effective physical therapy.
  2. Take and pass their licensing exams.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to follow a plan of care developed by a physical therapist while assessing a patient’s response to the treatment and contributing to the clinical decision-making process.
  4. Be competent in the technical skills, per the PTA student skills check-offs.
  5. Establish relationships with different patients and team members utilizing effective communications as well as awareness of culturally or socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth by participating in activities that encourage lifelong learning.
  7. Use textbooks and scientific resources such as books, online databases, and journals to expand understanding of physical therapy practice and interventions.
  8. Think critically, both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis, write and speak effectively, use basic computer applications, and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society.

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