The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences blends classroom, lab and clinical components into a two-year, five-semester Associate of Applied Science degree.
The PTA is a technically-trained health provider who, under the direction of a Physical Therapist, carries out the patient's treatment program. PTAs are vital to a patient's healthcare team.
Responsibilities of the PTA include:
The JCHS PTA Program includes three
clinical rotations, each with a distinct focus. Graduates are eligible to take the state board licensing examination for the Physical Therapist Assistant in any state that offers this examination.
There are many professional opportunities
for qualified PTAs and the rewards of
seeing a patient progress are great. PTAs
are vital in helping patients regain or
maintain their independence in a wide
variety of ways.
Kaitlin Knopp, '13
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
"Being a PTA means providing hands-on care, helping people get better. And, in the PTA Program at JCHS, I appreciate the small class sizes and personal attention where professors know us by name.
The learning experience is tailored
to each of us."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that employment of PTAs is expected to grow much faster than the average healthcare career, and that over the long run, demand for the PTA will continue to rise. A qualified PTA can earn $30,000 to $35,000 upon graduation.
And, our graduates earn raves from their employers! Employer surveys have cited JCHS PTA graduates for their excellence in teamwork, flexibility, the capability to work well with patients and colleagues, the ability to research problems and good oral and written communication.