Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs implement selected components of patient/client interventions (treatment), obtain data related to the interventions provided, and make modifications in selected interventions either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort.
PTAs assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. PTAs must graduate from a CAPTE-accredited PTA program and licensure or certification is required in most states in which a PTA works.
Source: The above information was taken from the American Physical Therapy Association  and used with permission.
As the large baby-boomer generation enters the prime age for heart attacks, strokes and broken bones, the need for these professionals will expand.
Many physical therapist assistants advance to administration positions. These positions might include managing all the assistants in a large physical therapy organization or acting as the director for a specific department such as sports medicine. Experienced assistants can also go on to teach in an accredited academic program, lead health risk reduction classes for the elderly, or organize community-run fitness and risk reduction activity programs.
Physical therapist assistants need a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required in assisting patients with their treatment. Frequent kneeling, stooping, and standing for long periods also are part of the job. The hours and days that physical therapist assistants work vary, but many work evenings and weekends to accommodate their patients’ schedules.
You must attend one of our upcoming Physical Therapist Assistant Information Sessions to become a candidate for our PTA program. At the PTA Information Session you will learn about Herzing University and the requirements for admission into the program, as well as what your next steps would be. The entire information session will last approximately 1.5 hrs.
Our PTA program begins twice a year—January and July, and we accept 24 students each time without a waiting list.
The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid  . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf  .
This program does not have any certifications or licensures associated with it.