Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Classes start as soon as August 1, 2016

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Being a physical therapist assistant is a highly demanding job, but an extremely rewarding one. It requires patience, empathy and the ability to analyze and evaluate individual situations. With these characteristics and the desire to help others to heal – physically, mentally, and spiritually – you can excel in our Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The real world training you can receive at Carrington College is designed to help you succeed in your future career. The Physical Therapist Assistant program utilizes a mix of formal instruction, laboratory practice and hands-on clinical experience that helps you to:

  • Perform an array of physical therapy services from the application of hot and cold modalities to the delivery of manual therapy
  • Communicate in a confident, professional manner with your patients and colleagues
  • Demonstrate your proficiency in critical thinking and information management
  • Prepare to take the PTA licensure exam, the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)1

Stretch your skills and work toward a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant

In case you didn’t already know, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for qualified physical therapist assistants to increase by about 41% from 2012 to 2022.2 As the population continues to age, the need for physical therapy services will likely yield a higher demand and increase the amount of career opportunities in the physical therapy field.

The latest occupational Employment Statistics (OES) issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that the median annual wage for a physical therapist assistant was $52,160 in May 2012. The lowest 10% earned less than $32,420 and the highest 10% earned more than $72,720.2

Hands-on training for a hands-on career

In the process of pursuing your associate degree, you can gain the skills necessary to provide a range of physical therapy services under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

The basic areas of study in this program include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, human movement, and movement disorders. The curriculum provides a broad base of knowledge covering issues related to the muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments and tendons. At Carrington College, we want to provide you with the knowledge and tools that can help prepare you to have a successful career as a physical therapy assistant.

Our Physical Therapist Assistant program offers instruction by experienced faculty at facilities featuring much of the same equipment you may find at your future place of employment. Taking what you learn here and applying it to the real world can lead to a job in a variety of settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Home health care services
  • Sports facilities

To learn more about educational and career opportunities as a Physical Therapist Assistant, contact one of our Enrollment Services Representatives.

Student Outcomes as reported in the 2014 Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Annual Accreditation Report.

Student Outcomes

Graduation Rate

The three-year average for calendar years 2012-2014:

  • Albuquerque: 97.1%
  • Boise: 89.2%
  • Las Vegas: 96.9%
  • Mesa campus: 88.2%
  • Pleasant Hill: 98.3%

Licensure Examination Pass Rate

This program prepares graduates for an occupation in which passage of a licensing examination is required. The link below shows exam passage rates for the most recent available year. If you have questions regarding the calculation of these rates please contact the agency listed.

Pass rates for Carrington College are available on The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website.

Employment Rate

The three-year average for those who graduated in calendar years 2012-2014, sought employment, and were employed in physical therapy (full-time or part-time) within six months of passing the licensure exam:

  • Albuquerque: 100%
  • Boise: 90.4%
  • Las Vegas: 89.1%
  • Mesa: 92.7%.
  • Pleasant Hill: 75.6%

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