Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Physical Therapy is part of my offseason routine. That has helped me greatly.
Jamie Moyer, Oldest Major League Pitcher to Win a Game (2012)
What Does a Physical Therapist Assistant Do?
A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works directly with patients under the direction of a Physical Therapist. Through exercise, education and lifestyle adjustments, a Physical Therapist Assistant helps a patient recover movement and manage pain after an illness or injury. Their responsibilities may include coaching patients through exercises, observing and reporting patients’ progress, instructing them in the use of walking and daily living aids, and discussing post-treatment activities with patients and their families.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Macomb
Macomb’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program, a selective admission program, prepares you to work with patients in physical therapist offices, hospitals and in home health care. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of patient care and the physiological principles that provide the foundation for clinical decision making. You will learn the major muscle groups, skeletal anatomy, joint structure and functional human musculoskeletal movement and its interrelationship to the neuromuscular system, as you master the physical therapy techniques that will allow you to help patients.
Physical Therapist Assistant Courses at Macomb
In the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education located at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488. The phone number is 800.999.2782.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Outcomes
Macomb Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program’s NPTE Pass Rate Information
Graduates of Macomb Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program have consistently exceeded the national average on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). We are committed to providing quality education and maintaining high standards for our students.
|Total percentage of
Candidates who took NPTE
College Mean Score
Graduation Rate: Graduation rates are calculated each year and reflect the previous year’s graduating class.
The following employment rates describe graduates who sought employment and were employed as a PTA within one year of graduation:
2014 - 100%
2013 - 98%
Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant
With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, you will be qualified for positions that include Physical Therapist Assistant.
Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor Degree
The credits earned in Macomb’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.
How do I find out more about Macomb’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program?
For more information about the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Macomb, contact the Physical Therapist Assistant program advisor: Professor Carol Plisner, 586.286.2031.