Physical Therapist Assistant

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Why Should You Become a Physical Therapist Assistant?

As a Physical Therapist Assistant, your workday will never CBD College PTA Programbe boring. Physical Therapist Assistants work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist in challenging, exciting environments such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities and outpatient clinics. A Physical Therapist Assistant provides direct patient care by: 

  • Helping patients across the lifespan who are recovering from injury, illness or surgery.

  • Being a key member of the PT/PTA team that helps people regain movement and manage pain. 

  • Working in a variety of settings, from hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, private practices, outpatient clinics, schools, nursing homes, and more.

  • Utilizing specific techniques, protocols and modalities, including massage, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, manual techniques, and  exercise methods to treat patients.

  • Monitoring and documenting patient responses to treatment and progress.

  • Educating patients and family to provide them the tools to help themselves regain their independence and quality of living.

  • Implementing treatment plans to improve movement and change people’s lives for the better every day.

The demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the health needs of an aging population, particularly the large baby-boomer generation. Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 31 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

In response to the growing job prospects and demand for PTA’s, CBD College has specifically designed an Associates Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program to prepare you for this challenging and rewarding career path and get you started towards your exciting future as soon as possible.

The accelerated pace of CBD College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program allows you to train to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in just 20 months. 

Our dedicated faculty will guide your education in our state of the art labs and provide you with a variety of patient care experiences in our large affiliate network of clinical externship sites. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure or  registration in any state, take the  California Law Examination (CLE), and sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at CBD College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm

 

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