Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S.

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Give patients strength and help them recover

Onondaga’s Physical Therapist Assistant program teaches students how to help patients regain range of motion, strength, and mobility.   

What You'll Learn

You’ll learn how to restore, maintain and promote healing and overall fitness. You’ll also learn how to review patients' medical charts, and work within a developed care plan. Under the supervision of a physical therapist, you’ll learn how to help patients regain confidence in their physical abilities, while working with a sense of ethics and compassion. 

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What It's Like

This course combines classroom learning and hands-on experience. You’ll work with other students and supervising physical therapists to cover a variety of applicable topics, including anatomy and physiology, labs, and clinical rotations. All students in this program are required to earn CPR certification on an independent basis during the first semester of enrollment. For more information on the Physical Therapist Assistant program, read through our mission, goals, and objectives.

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Where You'll Go

Upon successful completion of this two-year program, you’ll be qualified for employment as an entry-level physical therapist assistant in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and schools. You’ll also be eligible to take the national exam, nation-wide certification, and practice in any state. 

The following are some program outcome measures for the Physical Therapist Assistant.

  • Graduation rate class of 2018: 95%
  • Graduation rate class of 2017 90%
  • Licensure examination pass rate (aggregate of 2017-2018): 100%
  • Employment Rate (aggregate of 2017-2018): 100%