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What Physical Therapist Assistants do?

Physical therapist assistants are educated health care providers that work under the supervision of a licensed professional physical therapist and assist in the provision of physical therapy interventions. The physical therapist assistant helps manage conditions such as sprains/strains, fractures, back and neck injuries, sports and work related injuries, and others. Components of therapies performed involve exercise, massage, electrical stimulation, hot and cold packs, traction, and ultrasound.

Is there job available for Physical Therapist Assistants?

"Absolutely" Physical therapist assistants are in constant demand both locally and nationally.If you not already working, we have great news for you! Azure College has one of the most active placement departments in the industry to help you locate work opportunity even before graduation. However you should know According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),, Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to grow by 35 percent from 2008 through 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Changes to restrictions on reimbursement for physical therapy services by third-party payers will increase patient access to services and, thus, increase demand. The increasing number of people who need therapy reflects, in part, the increasing elderly population.
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Where can I work?

Physical therapist assistants held about 63,800 jobs. They work with physical therapists in a variety of settings. About 72 percent of jobs were in offices of other health practitioners and in hospitals. Others worked primarily in nursing care facilities, home healthcare services, and outpatient care centers.

How long will it take me to complete this training?

This program can be completed in twelve months or weeks and consist of:

 Lecture: 902
 Lab: 350
 Clinical Externship: 1115
 Total Clock Hours: 2367
 Quarter Credits" 114

Class Hours


Monday – Friday
8 am to 2pm

Monday – Friday
6:00pm to 11pm

What skills will I learn?

Azure College’s Physical therapist assistants program is divided into academic coursework and hands-on clinical experience. Academic coursework includes algebra, English, anatomy and physiology, and psychology. Clinical work includes certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other first-aid, and field experience in hospitals, nursing homes and treatment centers.

How much this program cost?

We know this is a very important question for most of you. However, our program costs may change slightly with each new session; because of this we are unable to provide cost information on this brochure. We would like to discuss our current program costs with you personally. Please give us a call anytime or ask to your admission advisors.

Will I receive any special certificates or qualifications?
Azure College Diploma
You will receive your CPR Certification

Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program.  For information specific to Medical Assistant, please call 305-751-0001

Information Sources
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 edition
Florida Commission for independent Education
Florida Workforce system

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