Physical Therapist Assistant

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 Assistant

What can you do with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree?


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.

Physical Therapist Assistant

 

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Enter the Workforce with a Two Year Degree  

1st Semester - Fall
BIOL 2401     Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 hrs
ENGL 1301    Composition I 3 hrs
PTHA 1301    Profession of Physical Therapy 3 hrs
PTHA 1405    Basic Patient Care  4 hrs
PTHA 1413    Functional Anatomy 4 hrs
2nd Semester - Spring
BIOL 2402     Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 hrs
PTHA 1431    Physical Agents 4 hrs
PTHA 2301    Essentials of Data Collection 3 hrs
PTHA 2409    Therapeutic Exercise 4 hrs
3rd Semester - Summer
PSYC 2314     Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3 hrs
SPCH 1318    Interpersonal Communication  -OR-
SPCH 1315    Public Speaking -OR-
SPCH 1321    Business and Professional Speaking
3 hrs
PTHA 1321    Pathophysiology 3 hrs
PTHA 1260    Clinical I 2 hrs
4th Semester - Fall
PTHA 2305    Neurology 3 hr
PTHA 2431    Management of Neurological Disorders 4 hrs
PTHA 2435    Rehabilitation Techniques 4 hrs
A course in Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts  3 hrs
5th Semester - Spring
PTHA 2567    Practicum 5 hrs
PTHA 2317    Issues in Health Care         3 hrs