Physical Therapy Assistant

two students in the phsical therapy lab

Provide healing help to people of all ages recovering from illness or injury. Learn how our bodies work and train to aid licensed therapists in this growing field.

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs may also measure changes in the patient's performance as a result of the physical therapy provided.

What is the difference between a Physical Therapist and a Physical Therapist Assistant?

The Physical Therapist (PT) is a graduate of a university program of study and is responsible for evaluation of and development of the patient's plan of care and treatment. A PTA works under the supervision of a PT.

What are my career choices?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Industry
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Schools

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

  • Physical Therapy Assistant - Associates

How Much can I make, and Where can I take Classes?

The great thing about KCTCS is that we have colleges and campuses around the state. Choose a college, and you'll find more information on the program and the salaries for careers in the area.

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