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Associate of Applied Science

Physical Therapist Assistant

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As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), you work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, providing treatment that helps patients improve mobility, relieve pain, or prevent or reduce physical disabilities.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn and develop the knowledge, skills, and techniques essential to the practice of physical therapy through class work and active, participatory learning.
  • Gain clinical experience.
  • Prepare to work in any one of several typical settings — hospital, rehabilitation clinic, private practice, geriatric care facility, sport medicine center, school system, or industrial site.

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Accreditation/Approval/Certification Status

The Physical Therapist Assistant Programs at Allen Park, Flint, and Muskegon are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone:703-706-3245; Web address: or via e-mail: .

Program graduates will have met the academic requirements needed to apply for the NPTAE licensure exam.

Effective 7/31/13, Baker College of Auburn Hills has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: ). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

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Career Facts

  • The average annual wage for Physical Therapist Assistants is $48,590.
  • Employment growth will be much faster than the average because of increasing demand for physical therapy services. From 2008 through 2018, employment is expected to grow by 35 percent.
  • Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, private practice, geriatric care facilities, sports medicine centers, and schools.
  • Work schedules vary with the facility. About 28 percent of all physical therapist assistants and aides work part-time. Many facilities have evening and weekend hours to accommodate patient schedules.
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