Physical Therapist AssistantPTA Degree Program

Overview

Ranked #4 Best Health Care Support Job for 2017 according to U.S. News & World Report

A Hands-on Career that Can Make a Difference

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs assist in the treatment of individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. As the large baby-boomer generation ages, the need for these professionals will continue to expand.

A career as a physical therapist assistant could be right for you if you:

  • Enjoy being a coach, cheerleader and teacher - great PTAs instruct and encourage their patients/clients to achieve goals
  • Have the strength and agility required to work with physically disabled patients
  • Can clearly communicate and demonstrate specific instructions and directions
  • Have a passion for helping others in need

PTAs implement selected components of patient/client interventions (treatment), obtain data related to the interventions provided, and make modifications in selected interventions either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort. Learn about other qualities successful physical therapist assistants have on our blog. 

Classes start January 8.
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Physical Therapist Assistant Program available at these campus locations:

Brookfield (Milwaukee), WI

At the Brookfield Campus, located just west of Milwaukee, our Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program begins once per year and we accept 27 students.  For additional details please see Disclosures tab.

Orlando, FL

Herzing's PTA program at the Orlando Campus begins twice a year—January and July, and we accept 24 students each time without a waiting list. In order to become a PTA candidate, you will need to attend a PTA Information Session, where you will learn about the program and admissions process. The information session will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Please call (407) 641-5227 to reserve your seat at the next PTA Information Session.

Minneapolis, MN

We are now enrolling students into our PTA program at the Minneapolis Campus.  Enrollment begins once per year at the start of the Summer semester and we accept 20 students.  A waiting list will be established if enrollments exceed this number.

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; accreditation@apta.org; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Herzing University - Minneapolis is seeking accreditation of a new Physical Therapist Assistant education program from CAPTE. On December 1, 2017, the program 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 professional/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/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.

For additional details please see Disclosure tab.

Careers

Career Paths

A high-demand occupation

Physical Therapist Assistants provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. Opportunities are best for physical therapist assistants who hold an associate degree and are licensed.

About 72% of physical therapist assistants work in the offices of other health practitioners and in hospitals. Physical therapists are expected to increasingly use assistants to reduce the cost of physical therapy services. Once a patient is evaluated and a treatment plan is designed by the licensed physical therapist, the PTA can provide many parts of the treatment, as approved by the therapist.

Physical Therapist Assistants may advance to administrative positions. These positions might include organizing all the assistants in a large physical therapy organization or acting as the director for a specific department such as sports medicine.

Other assistants go on to teach in an accredited PTA academic program, lead health risk reduction classes for the elderly, or organize community activities related to fitness, wellness and risk reduction.

Work Environment

The hours and days that physical therapist assistants work vary with the facility. About 28% of all PTAs work part-time. Many outpatient physical therapy offices and clinics have evening and weekend hours, to coincide with patients’ personal schedules.

Physical therapist assistants need a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required in assisting patients with their treatment. In some cases, PTAs need to lift patients. Frequent kneeling, stooping, and standing for long periods also are part of the job.

Advancement Opportunities

Physical therapist assistants may advance to administration positions. These positions might include managing all the assistants in a large physical therapy organization or acting as the director for a specific department such as sports medicine. Experienced assistants can also go on to teach in an accredited academic program, lead health risk reduction classes for the elderly, or organize community-run fitness and risk reduction activity programs.

Ready to take the Next Step?

Apply onlinerequest information or call 1-800-596-0724 to learn more about Herzing's physical therapist assistant program!

Curriculum

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Curriculum

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

For Herzing University program accreditation information, please view the Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals.

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).  View Program Course Sheet

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate safe and effective technical skills during the provision of physical therapy within the scope of an entry-level physical therapy assistant.
  2. Assess a patient's response to treatment and contribute to the clinical decision making process following a plan of care developed by a physical therapist.
  3. Articulate effective and culturally inclusive communication to establish relationships with diverse patients and team members.
  4. Apply evidence-based physical therapy practice utilizing appropriate resources.
Kim DeChant, PT, DPT, NCS PTA Department Chair

Meet our Faculty

Kim DeChant, PT, DPT, NCS PTA Department ChairBrookfield

I teach a variety of courses within the PTA program and love building relationships with students to foster an enthusiasm for learning.  At Herzing, we're able to take advantage of smaller class sizes to give more one on one attention and develop important lifelong learning principles. I'm proud to be a part of Herzing  University's committment to assist students to not only learn course and program content but to be assets to the workplace and communities they serve.

Fun fact about me: I'm on a mission to visit all 50 states! 36 done!

 

Locations

Degree Programs
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
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Degree Programs
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
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Degree Programs
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
= Campus | = Online

Disclosures

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 

Brookfield Physical Therapist Assistant  Program – PTA

The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at the Brookfield Campus of Herzing University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org 

Summary of Herzing University - Brookfield Campus PTA Student Outcomes

 

Class of 2017

Graduation Rate (students who complete the program in 150% of the time)

71.4%

Percent of graduates passing national board exams

100%

Employment Rate (percentage of graduates who sought employment and were employed as PTAs within one year of graduation)

TBD

Orlando Physical Therapist Assistant Information Session – PTA

The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at the Orlando Campus of Herzing University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org

Summary of Herzing University - Orlando Campus PTA Student Outcomes

 

Class of
2014

Class of
2015

Class of
2016

Graduation Rate (students who complete the program in 150% of the time)

93.2%

80.1%

83.7%

Licensure Exam Pass Rate (percentage of graduates passing national board exams)

94%

94.6%

91.2%

Employment Rate (percentage of students who sought employment and were employed as PTAs within one ear of graduation)

*rate calculated for those who sought employment in PT and were employed within 6 months of passing the NPTE

100%*

100%

100%

Minneapolis Physical Therapist Assistant  Program – PTA

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; accreditation@apta.org; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Herzing University - Minneapolis is seeking accreditation of a new Physical Therapist Assistant education program from CAPTE. On December 1, 2017, the program 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 professional/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/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.

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals