Physical Therapist Assisting involves working with a Physical Therapist to help patients recover more quickly, become stronger and move better in achieving rehabilitation goals.
A PTA's responsibilities include:
- Working with patients suffering from injury or disease, causing physical impairments that require treatment intervention to relieve pain and heal damaged tissue
- Assisting in the treatment of patients to improve range of motion, strength and functional mobility
- Using physical, mental and emotional skills to help patients reach their potential
Employment opportunities are available in outpatient physical therapy offices and clinics, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.
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Physical Therapist Assistants**
Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting: $9,517 - $12,285*
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* Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the 2016-2017 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.
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