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Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

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"The word of the day is 'balance,' so you have to have a balance at managing your career, your family life and excelling at education too..."

— Bryan Greenlee (Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Science)

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Physical therapist assistants are healthcare providers who work under the supervision of physical therapists. Their duties include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to a plan of care, training patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conducting treatments using special equipment, administering modalities and other treatment procedures and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient's responses.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program offers a curriculum that is well-rounded in all fundamental concepts and theories as they apply to physical therapy modalities and rehabilitation procedures. The technical phase of the South University, High Point Physical Therapist Assistant program consists of five academic quarters of lecture, laboratory, and clinical coursework. The academic program is taught during the day at the High Point campus.

Clinical Experience and Externship

The program has one part-time and two full-time clinical education experiences in which students complete 660 hours of clinical education. The first clinical experience is integrated into the second quarter of the technical phase of the program. The second and third clinicals take place during the last two quarters of the curriculum, with students returning to campus to complete a course in Current Rehabilitation Issues between the clinical experiences. This course allows for the integration of clinical experiences with didactic materials and the opportunity to correct deficiencies identified in the assessment of the student's performance in the clinic. The clinical experiences are chosen from a variety of settings, which may include hospitals, nursing homes, sub-acute facilities, and outpatient centers with which the program has entered into clinical agreements.

For information about the South University High Point Physical Therapist Assistant program, please contact the program faculty.

The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program offered by South University, High Point, is in the process of pursuing programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (“CAPTE”). Graduation from a CAPTE accredited program is a requirement to be eligible for licensure in the state of North Carolina.

South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Physical Therapist Assistant High Point, NC Accreditation Information

Effective July 29, 2014, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University High Point has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org ). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

http://www.southuniversity.edu/high-point/areas-of-study/physical-therapist-assistant/physical-therapist-assistant-associate-of-science-as
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