Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist AssistantPhysical Therapist Assistant


Allied Health and Nursing

Physical therapist assistants work under the 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 limitation 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.

Educational Opportunities in Physical Therapist Assisting

Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting
The program prepares students who, under the direction of a physical therapist, are able to perform competently and in a professional manner, selected physical therapy procedures and skills. The program may be completed in two years (five consecutive semesters) if taken on a full-time basis. Also, the curriculum provides students with practical experience gained at clinical sites, such as rehabilitation centers, hospitals and other health care institutions.

Other Educational Opportunities in Allied Health

Other Related Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Major in Public Health
The Public Health major offers the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) degree. The public health program integrates classroom and experiential learning in many of its courses. Public health graduates are employed in public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and other health and care settings, and governmental agencies. 

There are five standard areas in public health training that enable students to perform the essentials services of public health. These are epidemiology, biostatistics, health services administration, environmental health and behavioral science/health education. The curriculum for the YSU bachelor’s degree in public health addresses each of the five core areas through multiple courses. This curriculum enables mastery at the bachelor’s level of the nationally recognized Public Health Core Competencies, and requires an internship tailored to the area of public health interests of each student. This contemporary major also includes two, three semester hour courses in bioterrorism, mass causality and crisis management in public health. Most of the professional courses for the degree can be completed through a combination of interactive videoconferencing and online distance learning options. 

The B.S.A.S. in public health can also prepare the student to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). CHES assess individual and community health needs; plan and implement effective health education and health promotion programs; coordinate and manage the provision of health education and promotion services; effectively communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources; and conduct program evaluation. 

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Allied Health
The baccalaureate degree is intended to serve professional health-related, associate-degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials. The program is based on a two-plus- two concept where the associate-degree courses provide the technical education for the first two years of the baccalaureate-degree program. Following graduation with an associate’s degree, the student articulates directly into the plus-two component of the program.  The plus-two component consists of a core of multi-disciplinary courses, student-selected minor and general university requirements.

Master of Health and Human Services
The Master of Health and Human Services program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion.

Certificate in Health Care Management
The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/ managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion.

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