Physical Therapist Assistant | School of Allied Health | SIU

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Physical Therapist Assistant

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL 2018 PTA PROGRAM - The Applications has been extended to March 1, 2018

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications received by the original 2/1 deadline on 2/2/18.  Applications received between 2/1 and 3/1 will be reviewed as they are received and remaining spots filled.  there is a possibility that all spots may be filled by 3/1 so it is suggested that anyone applying not wait until 3/1 if at all possible.

Physical Therapy, often abbreviated PT, is a health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention carried out by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help individuals of all ages who are ill, injured or have a health condition that limits their ability to perform daily activities needed for life. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient centers, home health, schools, work settings, and the sports and fitness areas. Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercises for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes or walkers, and using physical agents such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation. PTAs must complete a two-year associate's degree and are licensed, certified, or registered in most states.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at SIU is designed to prepare our graduates to provide physical therapy services under the supervision of a physical therapist. These services are specified in the plan of care developed by the physical therapist and may include preparing the patient, treatment area, and/or equipment, implementing the treatment program, and modifying the treatment program as outlined in the plan of care.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southern Illinois University 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: . Graduates of the program are qualified to take the licensing examination in Illinois and other states which require physical therapist assistants to be licensed. 

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