Physical Therapist Assistant
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Blinn’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year program that instructs students in various treatment procedures, including rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic exercises, and patient training and education. After completing approximately 63 semester hours, students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and qualify to take the national licensure exam.
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) help people of all ages with medical issues or health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Among their responsibilities, PTAs teach patients exercises to improve their mobility, strength, and coordination; train patients to walk with crutches, canes, or walkers; and provide patient treatments, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat, cold, and massage.
Blinn’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program focuses on student excellence and service in the classroom, in clinical environments, and in the greater community. Students receive extensive hands-on experience in the Blinn Physical Therapy Lab and in clinical experiences at area physical therapy facilities.
Physical Therapist Assistant Careers
The Blinn College District’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant prepares graduates for employment as licensed physical therapist assistants (PTAs). Jobs are available in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics or offices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, education or research centers, schools, hospices, workplace environments, fitness centers, and sports training facilities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of PTAs is projected to increase 30% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the average career. The median salary is $46,920 per year,or $22.56 per hour.
“Our graduates enter a career field that is very appealing, is in very high demand, and has extremely high salaries,” Program Director Dr. Christy Gantt said. “They never struggle for job placement and typically have multiple job opportunities.”