Pleasant Hill adds Physical Therapist Assistant Program

New program will be offered in Fall 2010

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – (August 18, 2010) – Carrington College™ California Pleasant Hill announced today the addition of a physical therapist assistant program, which prepares students for positions in hospitals, private offices, clinics, acute or long term rehabilitation, assisted living facilities, schools or even sport teams. Applications are now being accepted and class begins on Sept. 27, 2010.

“”Jobs in the physical therapy field are increasingly in demand as advanced medical treatments and healthcare are allowing individuals to live longer and overcome injuries or illness,”” said Scott Thompson, physical therapist assistant director at Carrington College California Pleasant Hill. “”We look forward to the training our students will receive and the impact they will have in the community following their graduation.””

Student enrolled in the physical therapist assistant program learn essential skill sets in two designated simulation laboratories. The first resembles an outpatient orthopedic clinic; the second is fashioned after an inpatient rehabilitation center. This crucial portion of the curriculum gives students exposure to the variety of equipment and practices that are routinely seen on clinical rotation as well as the workplace.

Upon graduation, physical therapist assistants will work under the supervision of a physical therapist to help patients restore physical function, relieve pain, and prevent further disability through exercise and other therapeutic treatments. The outlook for graduates in this field is optimistic. Government economists have placed physical therapist assistant as one of the 20 fastest growing careers through 2018.