Physical Therapist Assistant Overview
Earn your Physical Therapist Assistant degree at CVTC! You will help people of all ages improve their mobility and relieve pain and disability caused by disease or injury. If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can help others improve their function, becoming a physical therapist assistant is the right choice.
The program will teach you how to do the following under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist:
- Implement treatment programs
- Teach patients to perform exercises
- Conduct treatments using special equipment
You will gain the following skills:
- Therapeutic exercises
- Application of heat/cold
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Electrical stimulation
- Neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary treatment skills
You will have a clinical experience as part of the program to apply foundational elements, knowledge, and technical skills required of the entry-level physical therapist assistant in various practice settings.
After completion of the program, you will be prepared to work in a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation center, or other healthcare facility.
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Physical Therapist Assistant
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Physical Therapist Assistant
Lakeland Physical Therapy
CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.// Program Scorecard
Our recent Physical Therapist Assistant graduates reported an average starting salary of $46,085.
86% of our recent Physical Therapist Assistant graduates got a job in the industry.
There are 33 job openings in the CVTC district for the Physical Therapist Assistant industry.
Credits to Other Institutions
Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.
These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.
You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.
Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
Introduces basic principles of musculoskeletal anatomy, kinematics, and clinical assessment. Students locate and identify muscles, joints, and other landmarks of the lower quadrant in addition to assessing range of motion and strength.
Provides instruction on the implementation of a variety of therapeutic exercise principles. Learners implement, educate, adapt, and assess responses to therapeutic exercises.
Principles of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
Integrates concepts of neuromuscular pathologies, physical therapy interventions, and data collection in patient treatment.
Labs are really hands-on, and having a variety of people you can practice on helps you get a feel for a real work environment.
Physical Therapist Assistant student
Related Programs & Certificates
Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
Degrees & Diplomas
Clinical Assistant, Technical Diploma
Medical Assistant, Technical Diploma
Practical Nursing (LPN), Technical Diploma
Therapeutic Massage, Technical Diploma
Continue Your Learning
CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.// Explore Continuing Ed Opportunities
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