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Physical Therapist Assistant

You can help. Patients suffering from various physical disabilities, movement dysfunctions, and pains go to Physical Therapist Assistants to implement their treatment plans, which might include:

  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic Heat and Cold
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Traction

As a student of our 20-month nationally accredited Physical Therapist Assistant program, you’ll get the latest and most effective classroom instruction, as well as important clinical experience.

Interested? You should be physically fit, as PTAs often have to do moderate to heavy lifting. You should also have strong people skills, and a background in the biological sciences.

Upon successful completion of required courses, you will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and will be eligible to take the national certification exam.

Students may begin the application process in September for the next fall’s PTA class. The next application deadline is December 19, 2020. Read more details in the PTA Brochure (banner below). 

Students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure are responsible for determining whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides or intends to reside upon graduation. We encourage you to contact the licensure agency noted above for additional information or the program faculty for assistance.

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Physical Therapy Assistant program at Lake Area Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information click here.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Chris Barrett at 605-882-5284 ext. 329 or barrettc@lakeareatech.edu.


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