Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistants work with many age groups, from infants to the elderly as they help patients recover from injuries, illness, and surgery to regain movement and functional abilities.

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Physical Therapist Assistant


Physical Therapist Assistant


Wallace State’s programs boast a top-notch reputation with outstanding licensure and job placement rates over 90 percent, small class sizes and an award-winning faculty.  Choose Wallace State’s Physical Therapist Assistant degree for a career in a highly-rewarding, high-demand field at a fraction of the cost of attending a university.  And if you do choose to continue your education and transfer to a four-year university, you’ll be two years ahead on an advanced degree, with employment potential and cost savings to boot.  

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About the Program

Clinical Resources logoThe Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a skilled technical health care worker who assists the physical therapist in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.

Duties of the physical therapist assistant are varied but include rehabilitation of orthopedic, neurological, pediatric, and sports-related problems. Once a patient is evaluated and a treatment plan is designed by the physical therapist, the physical therapist assistant can provide many aspects of treatment, as prescribed by the physical therapist. Components of treatment procedures performed by these workers involve exercise, massage, electrical stimulation, paraffin baths, hot and cold packs, traction, and ultrasound. The physical therapist assistant is responsible for reporting patient responses and treatment outcomes to the physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants are employed in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health care agencies, private practices, and other specialized health care settings.

Program Overview

Physical Therapist Assistant

Degrees/Awards Offered



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Physical Therapist Assistant

Curriculum: Program of Study

Pathway Map: Associate in Applied Science