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Physical therapist assistants typically serve as a valued asset to healthcare providers who offer specialized services. Physical therapy is a service that is provided for patients who have difficulty when performing daily life activities. Patients who need these services may have mobility issues due to disease or injuries. These workers perform a wide variety of physical therapy related tasks and are supervised by a physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants are able to reduce a patient’s pain, improve their mobility, and enhance their overall wellness. Physical therapy is often received by individuals who require short-term or long-term care. Duties that physical therapy assistants may assist in include helping, teaching exercises and training patients in order to improve their mobility.
The Associate of Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant degree consists of 49 credit hours. All of the courses that are offered through this program may be taken online. The curriculum covers topics in clinical kinesiology, pathophysiology, therapeutic exercise, rehabilitation, and various other topics related to physical therapy. Enrolled students will receive hands-on experience in the field through three clinical externships. These externships will require students to attend 40 hours per week in an acute/inpatient facility, outpatient facility, and rehabilitation facility.
Individuals who earn this degree are eligible to be employed as a physical therapist assistant. These workers often work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, homes, sports training facilities, schools, are in other related settings.
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