Physical Therapist Assistant
Enter one of today’s most rapidly growing and rewarding careers through the physical therapist assistant associate degree program at Mercyhurst North East. Our PTA program will prepare you to become an important member of a health care team, where you will work under a physical therapist to provide hands-on care that helps improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Through both classroom and clinical work, you will gain knowledge and skills in services ranging from the use of physical agents such as therapeutic heat and cold, electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound; application and instruction of therapeutic exercise techniques; functional mobility training; and data collection skills to monitor strength, range of motion, sensation, and reflexes.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to complete the National Physical Therapy Examination
for the physical therapist assistant, which is required by most states to become certified / licensed as a PTA. Additional information about the field of physical therapy can be accessed through the American Physical Therapy Association
For a copy of the PTA Program course of study effective Fall 2013, please click here.