Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapy Overview
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at ECPI University, School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA Campus and Richmond, VA Campus (Emerywood/West End Location) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.
The Richmond, VA program is an expansion of the accredited parent PTA program at ECPI University, School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA.
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What You Can Learn in Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.
PTAs help manage patients with back and neck injuries, sprains and strains, arthritis, burns, amputations, wounds, neurological conditions, surgical intervention and injuries related to work or sports.
PTAs help individuals of all ages who are ill, injured or have a health condition that limits their ability to perform daily activities needed for life.
Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients’ exercises and activities to increase mobility, strength and coordination.
A PTA will also use physical modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, traction, massage or electrical stimulation to help decrease pain, increase motion and improve function.
Where You Can Go in Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings including:
- Outpatient clinics
- Skilled nursing
- Extended care facilities
- Occupational environments
- Fitness centers
- Sports training facilities