The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a skilled technical health care worker who implements treatment programs under the direction and delegation of the Physical Therapist. Typical duties of the PTA include the application of physical agents such as cold, heat, electrical stimulation, and traction; implementation of therapeutic exercise programs for strengthening, balance, and coordination; developing mobility and functional skills, and instruction while communicating with the physical therapist as the client’s medical condition changes.
Physical Therapist Assistants are employed in a variety of physical therapy settings such as nursing homes, outpatient clinics; acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, public school, and other qualified agencies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. The profession is expected to grow 45% from 2010-2020.
The PTA Program admits students once per year during the Spring semester. This is a full-time day program. Applications can only be submitted during the month of September.
Individuals who enter this field must enjoy working with people in a physically demanding work environment as an active team member. The PTA will implement treatment sessions under the direction and delegation of the physical therapist. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the state licensing examination.
The PTA Program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.
If you have additional questions, you may contact Melissa Brown, Academic Adviser at Melissa.Brown@DaytonaState.edu (386) 506-3052, or, Robert Wagner, PT, DPT, Assistant Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Robert.Wagner@DaytonaState.edu (386) 506-3752.