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Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S. Career/Tech

Associate of Science Career/Tech

About This Degree

Program Number

6400

Estimated Program Length

2 Years

Location

Vincennes Campus

Contact

ngraves@vinu.edu

812-888-4414

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Are you motivated to find a career with a range of options? The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Vincennes University prepares graduates to take the National PTA exam to become licensed physical therapist assistants.

What does a PTA do?

As a PTA you will be a vital member of the healthcare team. PTAs perform procedures and related tasks under the supervision of a physical therapist, assisting in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Patients may include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.

Components of treatment procedures performed by PTAs involve exercises, mobility training, mechanical traction, ultrasound, and aquatic therapy.

Statistics

Please visit The Bureau of Labor Statistics for information on where PTAs work, median annual salary, and job outlook.

Pass rates for the PTA licensure exam:

2017: First Time 86.7%; Ultimate (TBD pending results)
2016: First Time 88.2%; Ultimate 94.1%
2015: First Time 93.8%; Ultimate 100%
2014: First Time 100%; Ultimate 100%

What you will learn

At Vincennes University, you will learn through lectures, lab, and actual clinical experience to become a successful member of the physical therapy profession. Transportation and the cost of clinical education is the responsibility of the student.

Curriculum and admission criteria

A Two-Year Program Leading to the A.S. Degree

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the National PTA Exam to become certified physical therapist assistants. The aim of the program is to prepare graduates to work under the supervision of licensed physical therapists in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, sports medicine clinics, nursing homes, extended care units, home health agencies, and school systems. Transportation, housing, and meals during clinical affiliations are the students’ responsibility.

The history, philosophy, and procedures of physical therapist assisting are interwoven with study in general education and the basic physical and social sciences. The specialized curriculum includes theory and clinical experience in the technical skills related to the practice of physical therapist assisting. Applicants are accepted to the program during the fall semester only. Information regarding fees and tuition may be obtained on the Vincennes University website at www.vinu.edu. 

Cost

The average approximate cost of the program for an Indiana resident is $12,000. The average approximate cost for an out of state resident is $25,000.

Tuition rates

Applicants must first apply to Vincennes University. Once you are admitted to the University you will receive information about the required secondary application for the PTA Program.

The PTA Program accepts a limited number of students annually each fall.   Due to the high number of applicants for this program selection is very competitive in nature. All applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis.   Compliance with all criteria does not guarantee acceptance to the program.   The PTA Program reserves the right to exercise judgment in the selection process for the PTA Program.   

Career Outcomes

Program Goals

Upon completion of the educational program the graduate will:

  1. Be able to safely and competently function as a Physical Therapist Assistant, under the direction of a Physical Therapist, abiding by ethical standards as established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  2. Effectively convert the knowledge and skills gained within the PTA program to successful completion of the appropriate state licensure examination and to employment situations.
  3. Seek out opportunities to continue professional and personal development for ongoing improvement of skills related to the delivery of Physical Therapy services.

Additional information about the field of physical therapy may be found at www.apta.org.