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:

  • Human Physiological Anatomy
  • Physical Therapy Procedures
    1-3/Lecture and Laboratory
  • Joint Structure and Function/Lecture
    and Laboratory
  • Clinical Medicine for the Physical
    Therapist Assistant
  • Life Span Development for Physical
    Therapist Assistant
  • Kinesiology/Lecture and Laboratory
  • Neuromuscular Physical
    Therapy/Lecture and Laboratory
  • Musculoskeletal Physical
    Therapy/Lecture and Laboratory
  • Clinical Internship 1-2
  • Rehabilitation Techniques/Lecture
    and Laboratory
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Seminar for Physical Therapist Assistants

Accreditation

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
and passed

Macomb Community
College Mean Score

National Mean Score

2013

95.65%

665.63

662.03

2012

100.00%

670.70

641.32

2011

100.00%

655.54

633.09

Graduation Rate: Graduation rates are calculated each year and reflect the previous year’s graduating class.

Year Rate
2012 87.1 %
2011 87.5%
2010 87.5%

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.

Find out more now with the complete Physical Therapist Assistant Program Description.

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