Program Overview

The Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree program prepares you to become part of a physical rehabilitation team. Through classroom and clinical training, you will learn how to carry out physical therapies outlined in a PT  plan of care; collect data to determine the effectiveness of patient interventions; use technology to overcome disabilities, and  help people reach their goals.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) associate degree program prepares students to help various people in diverse settings. After completing programs like ours, PTAs help people of all ages with various movement disorders become independent in their day-to-day functions.

Physical therapy is a hands-on career, which involves working to change people’s lives for the better. Every client has a unique set of circumstances, and PTAs create a unique treatment plan for each one, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) graduates can work in traditional medical environments or settings where people need to learn new ways to prevent injury or promote health, wellness, and fitness. In the field, a licensed physical therapist (PT) supervises the PTA.

The PTA works with individual clients or groups under the direction of a PT. Upon graduating from physical therapy assistant (PTA) programs, they can work in rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes, hospitals, and other places that offer aide programs or require an exercise physiology specialist.

In the associate degree program, students learn to act as part of the rehabilitation team, collecting data to determine patient interventions’ effectiveness and carrying out selected physical therapy interventions outlined in the PT treatment plans and programs.

In physical therapy assistant programs, the students learn how to use technology to help people overcome disabilities and design activities to help people reach their goals.

After completing classroom training on campus and Level I Clinical Education off-campus in our PTA programs, students enter the community for Level II Clinical Education. The two Level II Clinical Education experiences give students many opportunities to apply classroom training to real-life situations.

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements in our PTA program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants. This is an important licensure exam.

After passing this physical therapist assistant examination, employment opportunities are available in various settings in physical disabilities, pediatrics, geriatrics, and athletic facilities and wellness programs.

After completing certain prerequisites*, graduates of Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) programs like ours are eligible to continue for a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences or Business Management with a Healthcare Management/Respiratory Care (MGTH) concentration.

You can find more enrollment information on our website on APTA admission requirements. Learn more about the physical therapist assistant examination.

ACCREDITATION STATUS

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at New England Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (401) 739-5000 x3507 or email lminer@neit.edu.

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following:

CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

As of December 2020, PTA students who matriculated Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 include a national licensing exam ultimate pass rate of 97%, 1st time pass rate 83%, graduation rate of 65%, and of those who sought employment, 100% reported they were employed as PTAs within one-year of graduation. PTA students who matriculated Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 include a national licensing exam pass rate of 97%, 1st time pass rate 89%, graduation rate of 76%, and of those who sought employment, 100% reported they were employed as PTAs within one year of graduation. 

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Missions, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program’s mission is to provide a specialized associate degree program that prepares graduates to be effective assistants to physical therapists in contemporary physical therapy practice. The program also helps students be eager to continue their professional education.

Through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences, the program emphasizes the hands-on application of knowledge to provide physical therapy services to all individuals who strive to live productive lives.

Program Goals

  1. To provide appropriate learning opportunities that match current practice standards to meet the diverse learning needs of adult learners to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills and attitude necessary to function as an entry-level physical therapist assistant.
  2. To prepare students to become competent, licensed entry-level physical therapist assistants with the minimum requirements necessary to qualify for the national licensure examination.
  3. To instill in the student a sense of commitment to the physical therapy profession’s core values and ethics and help students explore various aspects of physical therapy to identify and develop career paths of interest.

Program Outcomes

The graduate will:

  1. Function as a member of the healthcare delivery team to optimize patient outcomes.
  2. Provide patient-centered care across the lifespan, as directed in the plan of care established by the physical therapist, to minimize risk to patients/clients, self and others.
  3. Communicate effectively all written and oral expression of ideas and learned concepts.
  4. Employ skills in problem solving, and thinking logically, flexibly, and critically.
  5. Demonstrate values, ethics and standards of practice for physical therapy while respecting the value of all people and dealing with social problems and responsibilities as members of society and the physical therapy profession.
  6. Display a commitment to professional development and life-long learning by integrating informational resources and relevant physical therapy literature.

Courses Offered

The Physical Therapy Assistant program includes an introduction to kinesiology, the foundation of physical therapy, data collection skills, and other related subjects. We also teach physical agents, lab work, pathophysiology for the physical therapist assistant, and practice issues.

Our courses cover all the important parts of anatomy and physiology. We’ve also included general education subjects such as an introduction to college writing, healthcare communications, college math, and psychology. These are all important areas of training touched upon in programs like ours.