Description and Student Learning Outcomes
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a 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.
Some of the care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients or clients exercises for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes or walkers, using manual therapy, physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound. PTAs also observe the patient's abilities and report their observations to the physical therapist. Unlike a physical therapist, the PTA cannot evaluate a patient, update a plan of care, or discharge a patient.
Generally, physical therapist assistants are employed wherever physical therapists work. Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home and public health agencies, schools, private physical therapy practices, and the armed forces are major employers.
At the completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program,students will be able to:
Students will be admitted to UAA Physical Therapist Assistant program as a pre-major. Prior to being admitted as a full major, Students must complete prerequisite coursework and an application process prior to being admitted into the full-major program. Please see the Application Procedure page for additional information.
Special admission and application procedure requirements apply. Interested students should contact the Physical Therapist Assistant department for selection criteria. Completion of admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Due to the risks associated with working in a healthcare setting, students will also be required to have health insurance and show evidence of current immunizations. Health insurance is available for purchase through the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center.
General Degree Requirements not included in prerequisites
A total of 61 credits is required for the degree.