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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Degree Details

Offered as: Associate

Program Highlights

  • 94.65% pass rates on the NPTAE for graduates (2-year average - 2014-15)
  • Variety of clinical experiences offered in healthcare settings.
  • One of the fastest-growing fields in the United States
  • Mount Aloysius boasts one of the best programs in Pennsylvania.
  • High employment and placement rate

Why enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mount Aloysius College?

The field of Physical Therapy is continually evolving and the demand for these professionals is expanding nationally.  Student majoring in Physical Therapy Assistant at Mount Aloysius College benefit from the close support of outstanding faculty who are committed to your success.  Class sizes are kept small, offering students a warm, close-knit learning environment.

Aimed at helping patients maximize physical function; this career path offers years of fulfilling engagement as a respected professional.  Graduates of the Mount Aloysius Physical Therapy Assistant program need academic focus and the ability to put the well-being of their patients first.

Students pursuing this profession at Mount Aloysius enjoy the support of an experienced and caring faculty and quality clinical partners.  Their commitment is focused on helping you gain the knowledge and experience needed to excel; successfully navigating the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination, and entering this exciting profession with competency and compassion.

 

What do Physical Therapist Assistants do?

Physical therapist assistants provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.  PTAs help people of all ages recuperate from injury, surgery or other medical issues.  The clinical goal is to help patients maximize their physical function.

Physical Therapist Assistants are a crucial part of the patient’s clinical team.  They establish care plans and apply a variety of modalities — thermal, electrical, and mechanical — to help patients regain strength and flexibility, reduce pain and maximize their enjoyment of life.

Physical Therapist Assistants often monitor, measure and document the clinical progress achieved during the patient’s care.

Where Will I Work?

Physical Therapist Assistants are needed in more areas than doctor offices, including:

  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Home care

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

The demand for physical therapist assistants is expected to rise 41% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 31,900 jobs.*

The average median wage for an Physical therapist assistants in the state of Pennsylvania is $48,010.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Who will teach me?

The physical therapist assistant program is comprised of full-time faculty who hold Doctoral and Master’s degrees in their disciplines. Bringing their varied backgrounds into the classroom, students are prepared for their career as a physical therapist assistant.

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Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mount Aloysius College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.


Student Outcomes Information for PTA Program

Student Outcomes Information for PTA Program

Graduation rates:

  • Average 3 year graduation rate for the PTA program between 2013-2015 is 74.5%

Pass rates on the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTAE):

  • 3 year average for pass rates on the NPTAE for graduates between 2013-2015 is 90.27%
  • 2 year average for pass rates on the NPTAE for graduates between 2014-2015 is 94.65%

Employment rate:

  • The employment rate for graduates who passed the NPTAE  is 97%.

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Meet Our Department!

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Penelope Lescher
Associate Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant/ Program Director/ Chairperson Physical Therapist Assistant
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Robert Rabatin
Instructor of Physical Therapist Assistant
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Emily Houseknecht
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant



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