Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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p hysical therapist assistant students
physical therapist assistant students
Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Their duties include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to the plan of care, training patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conducting treatments, using special equipment, administering therapy and other treatment procedures, and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient’s responses.

Physical therapist assistants work with the physical therapist to provide services that help to improve mobility, alleviate functional limitations and prevent or correct disabilities.

PTAs can assist patients who desire to overcome conditions such as pain, arthritis, orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, medical illness, pediatric problems and conditions related to aging. Physical therapist assistants serve in many types of settings, including schools, private offices, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics and long-term care facilities.

This challenging and popular program runs for 5 consecutive semesters (2 years) beginning each fall. Potential applicants must meet specific requirements including background checks as noted in the college catalog and admission requirements. Graduates are prepared to take the national licensing exam and apply for state licensure. Bureau of labor Department data continues to indicate greater than average growth potential for this career in the future. Physical therapist assistants often rank among the highest in the country for best health care jobs and most satisfying jobs.

If you are curious about the field consider taking ALHN124 Career Exploration in Physical Therapy to learn more about opportunities in the career field of physical therapy. 

Program Director                             

John Myers, PT, DPT, MBA
Extension 7881, Room HS 223G

Clinical Education Coordinator         

Jim Keske, PT, DPT                     Extension 7210, Room HS 223 E


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Student Organization

  • Physical Therapist Assistant Association 

Accrediting Organization
The Physical Therapist assistant Program at Lorain County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Professional Organizations

Licensing and/or
Certification Organization

The Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board (OTPTAT Board)

Other References


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