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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.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, there were approximately 81,230 physical therapist assistants employed in 2015. Employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow by 41% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations (

The PTA 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 Montgomery Physical Therapist Assistant program consists of six academic quarters of lecture, laboratory, and clinical coursework. The academic program is taught in the evenings at the Montgomery campus.

Clinical Experience and Externship

The program has two full-time clinical education experiences in which students complete 640 hours of clinical education. An integrated clinical experience occurs during 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 final quarter of the technical phase of the program. Students return to campus after their first clinical experience 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.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, Montgomery, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

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