OF INTEREST: Is the PTA program right for you?
If you have ever had to recover from an injury, you know the value of a good physical therapist. As a physical therapist assistant, you will help patients regain range of motion, strength, and above all, confidence in their body to take them where they need to go. The A.A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant degree is fully accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association and is approved by the New York State Department of Education. (Please note that this degree program is specifically designed to prepare qualified PTA's; it is not designed as a preparatory program for a physical therapy degree. Please consult your academic advisor for more information). Official Program Description > Program Outcomes Info >
You will learn how to restore, maintain and promote healing and overall fitness and health. You will learn how to review patients' medical charts and to work within a developed treatment plan of care. Under the supervision of a physical therapist, you will learn how to help patients regain confidence in their bodies and themselves with a sense of ethics and compassion. Curriculum > Learning Outcomes >
You will have opportunities for classroom and clinical study. Classes stress academic as well as hands-on experience. You will work with other students as well as supervising physical therapists. Courses include Anatomy and Physiology, labs, clinicals and liberal arts courses to round out your curriculum. All students in this degree program are required to earn CPR certification on an independent basis during the first semester of matriculation. Course Descriptions >
According to the Department of Labor and Statistics, the physical therapist assistant is one of the fastest growing professions today. Upon successful completion of this two-year, associate in applied science degree program, you will be well qualified for employment as a competent, entry-level physical therapist assistant. You will also be eligible to take the national exam to be able to practice in any state, including New York. And finally, you will be able to apply your learning to a wide variety of settings, including private healthcare facilities, hospitals, nursing care facilities and schools. Career Paths >
This degree program has transfer agreements with the college listed below. This means you can start your degree here and finish it there without losing credits.
"Being in the PTA program at OCC has opened my eyes to the wonders, complexity and resilience of the human body." - Jonathan C. Horkeimer
"I was a runner and had to quit running because of my injuries. So I joined the OCC PTA program, and now I am excited to know I can help other athletes. I am now back in sports!" - Mikhail Yatsishin
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