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