Physical Therapist Assistant
You are compassionate, observant, and a great communicator. Physical therapist assistants communicate with patients and physical therapists to ensure treatments are improving patient movement and pain management. They accept the physical, active requirements of the job to demonstrate exercises to patients, assist them with tasks, and perform massages and stretches on them. Enroll in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Central Piedmont and earn a physical therapist assistant Associate of Applied Science.
What You Will Learn
Physical therapy assistants find careers in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient centers, orthopedic clinics, school systems, geriatric healthcare facilities, and home health agencies with such duties as helping improve or restore function or alleviating or preventing physical impairment under the supervision of physical therapists.
In our physical therapy assistant program, you will learn a range of knowledge from human anatomy and physiology to the consequences of disease and injury. Coursework identifies the most effective methods to maintaining patient care and treatment plans. You will practice patient screenings, such as muscle testing, musculoskeletal measurements, symptom identification, and gait analysis. Your therapeutic techniques include hot and cold compression, massage and stretching, posture training, ultrasound, and electrical simulation. You will also practice how to measure record these items. You will gain hands-on, proper training to prepare for working alongside a therapy team to provide treatments for a variety of patient conditions. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:
- accurately, thoroughly, concisely, and legibly record treatment sessions in SOAP format
- instruct a patient and/or caregiver in activities to be performed, including in a written home program, in a clear and concise manner
- employ safety measures during all patient interventions
- implement all appropriate therapeutic interventions safely and effectively, within the parameters of an established plan of care developed by a physical therapist
Graduates are eligible to take the physical therapist assistant National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for licensure in whichever state they plan to work in.
Why Choose Central Piedmont
The physical therapist assistant program at Central Piedmont is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 704.330.6958 or email email@example.com.
In our program, you immediately dive into training; beginning in the second fall semester, you complete four clinical education courses. You will sped 40 hours per week in clinical facilities during those courses to apply learned skills under the supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
Real World Education
At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.