Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs' duties include, but are not limited to instructing patients in exercises and activities of daily living (including physical modalities), using adaptive equipment, collecting data on the patient's progress, documenting and reporting on the patient's response, and educating families and assisting with gait training and other functional mobility techniques. Graduates of the PTA program may work in a variety of settings including hospitals,private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, and sports facilities.
The objective of the PTA Program of St. Louis College of Health Careers is to successfully prepare students to sit for the national licensure exam and to prepare a competent entry level PTA professional.
Successful completion of the accredited PTA program does not guarantee certification & licensure. If a candidate meets state requirements, a state administered national exam, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) must be taken and successfully completed before a license will be granted. Graduates must pass this exam to be eligible to work in most states.
Physical Therapist Assistants is only offered at the County Campus