Are you looking for physical therapist assistant associate’s degree programs in the Montgomery area? Choose South University, Montgomery. The Associate of Science (AS) in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree program at South University’s Montgomery campus in Montgomery, Alabama, prepares physical therapist assistants who reflect the highest standards of professional practice and conduct.
The professional preparation phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant associate’s degree program consists of four academic quarters of lecture and laboratory courses. An additional two quarters are spent in full-time clinical experiences. The academic program is taught in the evenings at the Montgomery campus.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, there were approximately 114,400 physical therapist assistants and aides in 2010. That number is expected to grow by 45% from 2010-2020, due to the growing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function and the increasing use of physical therapist assistants to reduce the cost of therapeutic services.
Clinical Experience and Externship
An integrated clinical experience occurs during the fifth quarter of the technical preparation phase, in which a seven week full-time clinical experience is followed by three weeks of clinical and didactic assimilation. The terminal nine week full-time clinical experience is conducted in the sixth quarter of the technical phase of the program. The clinical experiences are chosen from hospitals, nursing homes, sub-acute facilities, and outpatient centers with which the program has entered into clinical agreements.
For information on student outcomes and pass rates for the South University, Montgomery Physical Therapist Assistant program, please visit Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Please contact the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Director for the Montgomery campus Dr. Joanne Rice 334-395-8828 | firstname.lastname@example.org, to obtain information on programmatic graduation, licensure, and employment rates.