Gain skills to help patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain mobility, and manage pain.
Learn how to treat patients using a variety of techniques, including using devices and equipment and help educate patients and their families.
Complete your degree in as few as 20 months of study.*
Graduates of qualifying degree programs may be eligible to block transfer 18 credits and earn their degree sooner.
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work with Physical Therapists (PTs) to meaningfully impact the lives of clients through treatment of impairments in physical strength, mobility or balance resulting from injury to the musculoskeletal system, neurological disorders (e.g., stroke, arthritis) or aging.
Watching a patient walk for the first time after an auto accident brings a great feeling of personal satisfaction that can be even more gratifying when shared with an entire rehabilitation team. A patient’s goal becomes a PTA’s goal, and PTA’s experience his or her achievements first hand. Patients often thank their PTA for literally giving them back their lives.
In Concorde’s CAPTE-accredited** physical therapist assistant program, you can gain the skills you need to perform these important functions. The program includes hands-on training and externships†, teaching therapeutic exercises, functional, mobility and ambulation training and activities of daily living.
Block Transfer Opportunity Available
Students with degrees in kinesiology, athletic training or health sciences containing a minimum of six semester credits of anatomy & physiology may be able to block transfer 18 credits to this degree program, potentially finishing the PTA program in as few as 18 months instead of 20 months.
Students who have completed these degrees (associate or higher) may receive a block transfer of seven general education courses totaling 21 semester credits, upon transcript evaluation. The block transfer includes the following courses: BIOL 1310, BIOL 1320, ENGL 1310, COMM 1310, PSYC 1310, PSYC 1320, MATH1310 (or MATH1320). Remaining credits required to complete the program is 57. Additional courses may be available for transfer based upon review of course descriptions from the granting institution.
Physical Therapist Assistant Degree Curriculum
Our associate degree program equips you to pursue a career as a physical therapist assistant in as few as 20 months.* When you graduate, you’ll be able to serve effectively in a variety of settings supporting physical therapy treatments.
Course topics for Concorde’s Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science program include:
- Therapeutic exercises
- Functional training
- Mobility training
- Ambulation training
- Activities of daily living
*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
†Clinical experiences may not be paid in-person learning experiences. Duration and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site location/ placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes.
**The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Concorde Career College–Aurora is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave, Ste 100 Alexandria, VA 22305; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://capteonline.org.If needing to contact the program/institution directly please call 303-861-1151 or email APaez@concorde.edu.