Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
Become a Physical Therapist Assistant. A physical therapist assistant (PTA) uses a variety of equipment and exercise to help people with conditions limiting their ability to move and perform activities. As a PTA, you’ll work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
Our five-semester associate degree program includes classroom instruction, practice in skills lab and clinical experience. You’ll learn the art and science of therapy treatment. You’ll have the knowledge, skill, and attitudes needed to help physical therapists provide treatment to improve and restore mobility, relieve pain and prevent or lessen physical disabilities.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant National Physical Therapy Exam. Licensure is required in Iowa and most states.
Once you successfully complete this program, you have the opportunity to advance into the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Health Science, or Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programs at Mercy College.
College Admission First
Program Admission Second
The program chair will begin reviewing completed files by the program admission deadline. Admission to this professional program is limited and competitive. Selection is based on the most qualified applicants.
You will experience direct patient contact during your clinical experience at Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates. You will also receive clinical education at many other leading healthcare providers in central Iowa to gain hands-on learning throughout your course of study.
Our PTA team includes a full-time program chair and an instructor as well as many licensed physical therapists and licensed physical therapist assistants. Our full-time liberal arts and sciences faculty members are Ph.D.-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.
Outcomes are reported using a three-year average from 2011-2013.
Once you have completed your PTA degree and passed the licensure examination, you’ll have the knowledge and experience needed to become qualified for employment as an entry-level physical therapist assistant. Job prospects for physical therapist assistants are expected to be very good as consumer demand increases. For more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.