What You’ll Learn
Students in the Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program will be ready to take on entry-level positions in the growing and evolving field of physical therapy in about two years.
Through both classroom and in-the-field clinical training, you’ll develop the skills you need to assist physical therapists in delivering treatment plans that help patients from athletes to military veterans regain function, strength, and control. This course of study covers all aspects of physical therapy, including sports medicine, pediatrics, acute care, outpatient orthopedics, rehabilitation, extended care, and assisted living.
The educational and practical instruction you receive while earning your degree will prepare you to enter a broad range of medical environments where you can make a direct positive impact on your patients’ quality of life. Demand for physical therapy assistants is high, which gives you the opportunity to specialize in a field that aligns with your interests and professional goals.
“I believe physical therapy embodies many characteristics that lead to a successful and happy life. Not only are you the educator for a patient’s path to recovery, but you also serve as a conduit to empower others with necessary encouragement and motivation to potentially make life-changing health-related decisions.” – Samantha Harris, PTA Program Chair Nashville