Why Should I Become A PTA?

Physical therapist assistant services fill the societal need of maintaining optimal health and movement abilities across the lifespan.  Specifically, physical therapist assistants, working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, can provide evidence-based, cost-effective treatments that improve mobility and motion, relieve pain, reduce the need for surgery and prescriptions drugs and empower patients to participate in a recovery plan designed for their specific needs. 

Is There A Demand In This Field of Study?

Yes!!!!  PTA’s are in high demand, especially in growing metropolis areas and underserved rural areas.  The United States Department of Labor projected a 41% growth rate for PTA’s from 2012-2022.  This demand for PTA’s is in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and the rising rate of chronic diseases.

What Career Opportunities Are Available?

PTA’s, with work experience, can become clinical instructors for PTA students and team-leaders or managers of physical therapy clinics.  Those with advanced degrees can teach at higher education institutions offering PTA degrees and achieve recognition of advanced proficiency and other professional awards from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Where Do Employees In This Field Of Study Work?

PTA’s can work in a wide variety of physical therapy settings including outpatient clinics, acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, long-term care rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and school-based clinics.

Are Internship Opportunities Available?

The Pitt-Titusville PTA Program requires students to complete a combine 640 hours of clinical education at three different physical therapy settings as part of the PTA curriculum.

Are There Any Program Specific Honor Societies Or Clubs?

PTA students are encouraged to join the Student Physical Therapists Assistant (SPTA) Club where they will participate in community service projects and partake in fundraisers for a physical therapy conference trip.  Many PTA students have also been members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and other campus clubs.

 

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