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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

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The Physical Therapist Assistant is a health care professional involved in direct patient care under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. A PTA applies therapeutic mo- dalities to alleviate pain, stretch muscles to prevent physical impairment, and strength- en muscles to restore function. They use physical agents, rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic exercise, and patient education to help patients whose abilities have been impaired by an accident, illness, or disease. Physical Therapist Assistants are among the fastest growing professions in the nation with starting salaries between $35,000 and $45,000 per year. PTAs work in settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and school systems.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensing Ex- amination. Students must be licensed in order to practice in most states. Both PTA programs lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree, and are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the Ameri- can Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

San Juan College and the PTA program complies with existing federal and state laws and regulations, including the Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1990, Executive Order 11246 Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Act of 1974. It is the policy of the College to provide for equal opportunity in recruitment, employment, compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns, institutionally sponsored education, training, tuition assistance, social and recreational programs, staff development opportunities and advance- ment, and all other personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, na- tional origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age, or veteran’s status. Questions should be directed to the EEO officer at (505) 566-3253.

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