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Area of Study: Health Sciences
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Health Sciences
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Physical Therapist Assistant

Give relief and improve physical function

If helping others to overcome pain or to make strides against their limitations sounds like a good career fit, physical therapy could be inspiring and rewarding work. Austin Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program gives you the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experiences to help patients regain physical capabilities, recover independence, and improve quality of life. You’ll learn to treat adults and children using: exercises, manual techniques, researching skills, physical agents, and various tests and measures to track patient progress. Upon completion you will be ready to take the national licensing exam.

Career Information

As a physical therapist assistant, you’ll help patients regain their optimal level of physical function. Your work will help patients recover from - and often avoid surgery for - diverse ailments to the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary systems. Thanks in part to an aging population, this “hands on” field of patient care is expected to grow much faster than the national average for all occupations.

Job titles

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings, which include hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, and sports training facilities.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Physical Therapists
41.77 Hourly Wage 1261 Currently Employed
Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.
1261 Physical Therapists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.16 % over the next four years.
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Physical Therapist Assistants
32.46 Hourly Wage 417 Currently Employed
Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.
417 Physical Therapist Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 15.83 % over the next four years.
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Physical Therapist Aides
13.31 Hourly Wage 308 Currently Employed
Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
308 Physical Therapist Aides are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.96 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

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Awards in this Program


Associate of Applied Science

Physical Therapist Assistant
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Program Accreditations

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, phone 703-706-3245, www.capteonline.org).

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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