- 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)7
This program provides a broad base of knowledge covering issues related to the muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments and tendons, intended to prepare you for your future career.
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2. Not including breaks. Program length by weeks and admission requirements can be found here in the academic catalog.
Which Locations Offer the Physical Therapist Assistant Program?
*Certificate is awarded from the Phoenix North campus.
What Will I Learn
A Day In The Life
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the job outlook like for Physical Therapist Assistants?
You want a hands-on career that helps others feel better. There are no guarantees when it comes to finding a job, but the numbers tell a great story for the opportunities out there. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 42,700 new jobs for physical therapist assistants and aides are expected to open between 2016 and 20263. There are some reasons for this growth, including:
- A more active aging population will result in a higher demand for physical therapy services.
- An increase in chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity will require physical therapist assistants to help patients maintain their mobility.
- Medical and technological advancements should permit an increased percentage of trauma victims and newborns with birth defects to survive, creating added demand for therapy and rehabilitative services4.
3. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides, on the internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm (visited November 01, 2018)
Where can you work as a Physical Therapist Assistant5?
In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted for short-term patient care for reasons such as illness, surgery, accident, or recovery from a trauma. The goal in this setting is to discharge the person as soon as he or she is medically stable and has a safe place to go.
Home Care Agencies
In this setting, physical therapy is provided in the patient's place of residence. While the majority of patients are senior citizens, there also are pediatric patients with developmental disabilities and other conditions, and individuals of all ages who need rehabilitation because of injury or other causes.
Rehab/Sub Acute Rehab
Rehabilitation Hospital - In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a facility or rehabilitation unit. The goal in this setting is to provide intense therapy to improve the person's ability to care for himself or herself (typically 3 or more hours per day). Sub-Acute Rehabilitation - In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a special hospital that provides medical and/or rehabilitation care. The rehabilitation is less intense (typically less than 3 hours per day)
In this common physical therapy setting, individuals visit a physical therapist in a clinic, office, or other health care facility primarily to address musculoskeletal (orthopedic) and neuromuscular injuries or impairments.
In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a facility that typically cares for elderly patients and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services.
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6. Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The college does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.
How Does Carrington College Support Me As A Student?
We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed, including:
From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid7.
Tutoring and Study Groups
For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.
Fixed Tuition Promise
How would you like to know what you’re going to pay, right from the beginning? We promise your tuition won’t change through the length of your program. It’s our commitment to you8.
Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork
Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.
After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.
7. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
8. Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
Student Outcomes as reported in the 2018 Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Annual Accreditation Report. To learn more about our Public Comment Policy, please click here.
The two-year average for calendar years 2016-2017:
- Boise: 100%
- Las Vegas: 82%
- Mesa campus: 88%
- Pleasant Hill: 96%
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.
The two-year average for those who graduated in calendar years 2016-2017, sought employment, and were employed in physical therapy (full-time or part-time) within one year following graduation:
- Boise: 94%
- Las Vegas: 94%
- Mesa: 95%.
- Pleasant Hill: 92%