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Physical Therapist Assistant

This 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.

Graduates of Macomb’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

2016

92.90%

673.40

665.90

2015

93.10%

678.60

661.60

2014

100.00%

675.20

664.60

 

Graduation Rate

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

Year 

Rate

2016

93.0%

2015

96.8%

2014

96.7%

Employment Rate

The following employment rates describe graduates who sought employment and were employed as a PTA within one year of graduation:

Year 

Rate

2016

96.5%

2015

97.0%

2014

100%

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Physical Therapist Assistant

  1. All faculty members are current in clinical practice and can provide the knowledge of “real-life” situations
  2. Graduates of the program have consistently exceeded the national average on the National Physical Therapy Examination (92.9% pass rate in 2016, 93.1% in 2015, 100% in 2014)
  3. For each class since 2014, the graduation rate has been at least 93% and the PTA employment rate within a year of graduation has been at least 96.5%

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses at Macomb

  • 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
  • 3 Clinical Internships
  • Rehabilitation Techniques/Lecture
    and Laboratory
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Seminar for Physical Therapist Assistants

Career Opportunities 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

The credits earned in this 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.


Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Phone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program?

For more information, contact the Physical Therapist Assistant program coordinator: Professor Carol Plisner, 586.286.2031.

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