The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Medical Careers Institute, School of Health Science, ECPI University – Newport News, VA Campus and Richmond, VA Campus (Emerywood/West End Location) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association. The Richmond, VA program is an expansion of the accredited parent PTA program at ECPI University, School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA.
|What Are Typical Responsibilities?
- Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy
services under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.
- PTAs help manage patients’ with back and neck injuries, sprains
and strains, arthritis, burns, amputations, wounds, neurological
conditions, surgical intervention and injuries related to work or
- PTAs help individuals of all ages who are ill, injured or have
a health condition that limits their ability to perform daily activities
needed for life.
- Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients’ exercises
and activities to increase mobility, strength and coordination.
- A PTA will also use physical modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound,
traction, massage or electrical stimulation to help decrease pain,
increase motion and improve function.
|Where Do Physical Therapists Assistants Work?
|Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings including
hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and
extended care facilities, homes, schools, occupational environments,
fitness centers and sports training facilities.
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