Prospective Students

Prospective Students

What is a physical therapist assistant?

A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a health care provider who works under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT). They do hands-on care for people who need to recover from injuries to the bones and joints, brain and nerves, problems with pain, developmental complications, and other movement problems. Their main purpose is to assist people with reaching their maximum level of health and function. They help people to recover their ability to walk, to heal from wounds, and to learn to work and live with the effects of injuries and other health problems.

Physical therapists (PTs) are responsible for evaluating and treating people who need physical therapy care. They identify problems that physical therapy can address, create goals, and decide what treatment the person will receive. PTs supervise all care given by the PTA. PTAs usually work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, schools, home health – actually, anywhere that physical therapists work. They only work with physical therapists – this is exclusive and required by professional ethics, codes of conduct, and by law.

Description of degree

The nationally accredited Physical Therapist Assistant professional program at Dixie State University is an admission-limited, two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The PTA professional program is admission-limited meaning that, through a competitive application process, one cohort of no more than 16 students is admitted to the professional program per year. The start date for the program is the first day of classes of the DSU fall semester.

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM COURSE OF STUDY