Physical therapist assistants, often called PTAs, work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. Patients may include accident victims and individuals with short- and long-term disabling conditions, such as low back pain, fractures, head injuries, arthritis, heart disease and cerebral palsy. Employment settings include: acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school systems, nursing homes, home care, postsecondary education, outpatient facilities, private clinics, and specialty clinics. As a graduate of this program, you will possess the skills to implement a variety of physical therapy interventions within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam.
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