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You want to become a skilled technical healthcare worker who assists physical therapists with testing and treatment of patients. Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) help people who have short- or long-term disabilities recover their physical capabilities.

The PTA program at Penn State Mont Alto includes five semesters of studies--four semesters of course work followed by a semester-long practicum in a health-care setting. This balanced curriculum helps students prepare to support professional physical therapists in-patient treatment. Through a combination of science and nonscience course work, students gain skill and knowledge in the use of equipment and exercise in physical therapy treatment. Specialized instruction includes anatomy and physiology, kinesiology (the study of human muscular movements), and therapeutic, postsurgical, and rehabilitative procedures.


Careers for PTA program graduates

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) graduate with an associate degree after two years of study. PTAs work under the direction of a Physical Therapist (PT). PTA duties can include assisting in instructing patients in exercises and activities of daily living (including physical modalities), using special equipment, collecting data on the patient's progress, and documenting and reporting on the patient's response (source: www.apta.org).