From relieving pain to improving mobility, physical therapist assistants play an important role in helping patients in need of both physical rehabilitation and compassion. Their skills are depended on by those recovering from surgery or injury, as well as by an aging population. National employment for physical therapist assistants is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.*
The physical therapist assistant associate's degree program at Kaplan College could train you to work under the supervision of a physical therapist and help patients maintain their health and physical comfort. Our program includes instruction in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Features
The physical therapist assistant associate’s degree program is designed to prepare you to assist with the direct care of patients recovering from illness, injury, or surgery. Coursework includes the following:
- Observing patients and reporting to a physical therapist
- Assisting patients with specific exercises
- Using different techniques and equipment to help patients
- Educating patients and their family members about treatment
- Preparing eligible students to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for physical therapist assistants (PTAs)†
Real-World Clinical Experience
Prior to graduation from Kaplan College, you will be required to complete clinical rotations at an approved facility.‡ This opportunity offers interaction with professionals in the physical therapist field and hands-on experience to help prepare you to pursue entry-level employment after graduation.
Potential Physical Therapist Assistant Career Opportunities
As a graduate of Kaplan College, you may seek future entry-level positions as a physical therapist assistant with employers such as the following:
- Acute-care hospitals
- Outpatient practices
- Rehabilitation centers
- Nursing homes
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Kaplan College in Dallas, TX is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Click here to view student outcome rates for the physical therapist assistant program at Kaplan College, Dallas campus.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm (accessed January 2014). Expected growth rate through the year 2022. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† The School cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed. A student's eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination. Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of the relevant campus catalog for further guidance.
‡ Placement at clinical sites may require passing a background check, medical examination, and other screening procedures.