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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 modalities to alleviate pain, stretch muscles to prevent physical impairment, and strengthen 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 $55,000 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 Examination. 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 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
San Juan College and the PTA program are committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sex, and sexual preference. Equal educational opportunity includes: admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial assistance, and employment which are free from discrimination and/or acts constituting sexual harassment.
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