Physical Therapist Assistant
Why Should I Become a PTA?
- Are you looking for a good paying career that is in high demand?
- Are you a people person who wants to work directly with patients of all ages?
- Do you have a fascination with the human body and how it moves?
If you answered yes, then CBD College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program is the perfect choice for you!
Train to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in just 20 months!
Why Choose the PTA Program at CBD?
- CAPTE Accredited Program
- Study online courses in the convenience of your home
- Continuously accepting applications for three start dates annually in March, July and October
- Completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree requirements in 20 months
- Train in our State-of-the-Art Classrooms and Laboratories
- Get patient care experience with our large network of Clinical Externship sites
- Our dedicated faculty and staff offer you hands-on training with a personal feel
- CBD College provides NPTE Board Exam Preparation
- Employment Assistance. At no extra cost to you, we will prepare you to pass the board exam and help you find job placement for the duration of your career—long after graduation
- Federal Financial Aid available to those who qualify
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Kathrine A Giffin, PTA, MS Ed. at (213) 427-2200 or email email@example.com
*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.html
*In response to COVID-19 the program has received a temporary distance education delivery approval. The program includes a residential externship component.
Physical Therapist Assistants are in Demand!
Employment of Physical Therapist Assistants is projected to grow 31% from 2016 to 2026*
The accelerated pace of CBD College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program allows you to train to become a Physical Therapist Assistant without having to put your busy life on hold.
What You Will Do as a Physical Therapist Assistant
PTA’s are responsible for many important tasks, including:
- A Physical Therapist Assistant provides direct patient care by:
- Helping patients who are recovering from injury, illness or surgery
- Utilizing specific techniques, procedures and treatments, including massage, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, manual techniques, and exercise to treat patients
- Monitoring and documenting patient responses to treatment and progress
- Educating patients and family to help themselves regain their independence and quality of living
- Being a key member of the PT/PTA team that applies treatment plans that improve movement and change people’s lives for the better every day
Where You Can Work
- Physical Therapy Clinics
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Outpatient Clinics
- Homes Health Care Services
- Physician Offices
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
PTA Career Exploration Resources
- O-Net OnLine: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-2021.00
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): http://www.apta.org/AboutCareers
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Kathrine A Giffin, PTA, MS Ed. at (213) 427-2200 or email email@example.com.
Essential functions of a Physical Therapist Assistant
Academic and ultimately career success as a Physical Therapist Assistant requires performing both physical and mental activities; developing skills in listening, monitoring, speaking and teaching; as well as having visual, oral, writing and reasoning abilities. Students who are unable to develop the essential functions of a Physical Therapist Assistant will be limited in their ability to progress in the program, may be prevented from attending clinical education externships, and/or unable to graduate or apply for licensure.
Applicants with questions about their ability to perform the essential functions of a PTA should meet with an advisor prior to applying to the program. Additional information about job expectations is available in the Occupational Profile for Physical Therapist Assistants at Career One Stop (www.careeronestop.org).
Any felony or certain misdemeanor convictions may prevent the student from being accepted by clinical sites, obtaining certification/licensure upon graduation, and/or obtaining gainful employment.
During the pre-admission process, students are made aware that placement at a facility affiliated with CBD College for their clinical education might be conditional on a clear background check. CBD College requires a clear background check for the admission process, but students are made aware that they may be required to undergo additional background checks, at the time of their clinical education and in the application process for licensure.
Students of the CBD College Physical Therapist Assistant Program are advised that hospitals and outpatient clinics typically require that students submit to background checks and receive appropriate clearance before they will be permitted to participate in clinical rotations at those institutions. Students who do not receive appropriate clearance may be unable to fulfill their academic requirements at CBD College, and therefore may not be able to complete their educational program. If you know of anything in your background check that may prevent you from taking the licensure exam, we advise you to check with an admissions representative prior to enrolling in the PTA program.
The admissions background check fee is included in the tuition.
CBD College does not require a drug screening at this time; however, every student must be aware that almost every clinical/externship site requires a drug screening test before starting a clinical experience at their clinic/facility. The drug screening is to be completed during the module directly preceding the clinical/externship portion of the program by the student at any clinic of their choice. The cost is the responsibility of the individual student. The results are to be returned to the Clinical Coordinator in preparation for clinical experience. The decision to move forward in case of Positive drug screening is up to each individual clinic. Students may retake a drug screening test if there is enough time before a start of clinical experience. Positive drug screening may prevent a student from going to clinical site, which will result in removal from the program.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FORM
All students enrolled in Surgical Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs are required to complete and submit the CBD College Physical Examination Form, duly completed by a physician, before starting a clinical experience at their clinic/facility. The physician will examine the student and determine whether he/she holds the capability to perform the expected tasks related to the program of study. This form will need to be completed by the midterm of the module directly preceding the clinical rotation/externship. An incomplete form will prevent the student from progressing to the Clinical Education portion of the program and may eliminate them from the program.
These records will be kept in a student’s file in the locked cabinets of the clinical or program coordinator.
This form also serves as evidence that the student has documentation of the required immunizations for MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and Tdap. Students non-immunized may not be accepted by the healthcare facilities for their rotations and therefore will be at risk of not completing all the requirements for graduation.
The physical examination form must also attest that the student has been negatively tested for TB, or has a clear CXR, in case of a positive TB Exam.
Each applicant is responsible for the cost of his/her physical examination.
Students may be required by the clinical sites to which they have been assigned, to get a flu shot. If a student refuses, other options are solely up to the specific clinic. Failure to comply with an externship/clinical site’s Flu prevention policy may place a student at risk of not completing all necessary graduation requirements.