The Amarillo College Physical Therapist Assistant Program takes two years to complete and leads to an associate’s degree that puts graduates to work in a variety of rewarding settings. AC graduates swiftly find career opportunities in outpatient physical therapy clinics, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home-health agencies, schools, and sports and fitness facilities. Physical therapist assistants get great satisfaction out of helping patients and clients who have mobility challenges due to injury or disease.
Physical therapist assistants work under the direction of supervising physical therapists and assist with therapies designed to improve mobility, relieve pain, prevent or limit permanent physical disability, and promote overall fitness and wellness. Patients may include accident victims and individuals with short- and long-term disabling conditions, such as low back pain, fractures, head injuries, arthritis, heart disease, and cerebral palsy.