Physical Therapist Assistant Program Overview

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Overview

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at SABER College prepares students for employment in healthcare facilities. It also helps prepare them for employment in hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. Students train to assist patients with mobility and pain management. They also work on wellness. The program consists of classroom time and also hands-on clinical time in healthcare settings.

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a skilled health care worker. Furthermore, they perform resident care activities. They also perform non-professional services under the supervision of a physical therapist. The PTA focuses on improving mobility and relieving pain. They also focus on preventing or limiting permanent physical disabilities of patients.
Physical Therapist Assistants are healthcare professionals. They assist physical therapists. Physical therapists (PTs) are also health care professionals. They examine each individual. They also develop a plan. These plans are use treatment techniques to promote the ability to move and reduce pain. They also restore function and prevent disability. PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility. They do this by developing wellness plans. This promotes healthier and more active lifestyles.

What to expect after completing the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

After completing the program, students receive an Associates degree. The student will also be eligible to sit for the (NPTAE). That stands for National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistant. After passing this exam, they will earn the title “Physical Therapist Assistant” (PTA).
PTAs are graduates of an accredited Associate degree program. The student must pass a national licensure exam before practice. Physical Therapist Assistants may work in hospitals or rehab centers. PTA’s may also work in private practice offices or nursing homes. Home health agencies, schools, sports, and fitness facilities are also options.

Working as a Physical Therapist Assistant

The state requires Physical Therapists to supervise a PTA’s performance. The extent of supervision is determined by state regulations. But in all cases it is enough to ensure that each patient receives quality care.
Physical Therapist Assistants work as part of a team. This team provides physical therapy services. The services performed are done so under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs put in place selected components of treatment. They get data related to the interventions provided. They also make modifications in selected interventions. This is to progress the patient or client as directed by the Physical Therapist. Or to ensure patient safety and comfort.
Job Expectations
PTAs assist the Physical Therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages. They help with newborns to the elderly. PTAs can handle those who have medical problems or other health-related conditions. The conditions may limit their abilities to perform functions in their daily lives.
The Physical Therapist is responsible for the services provided by the PTA. The PTA performs procedures and interventions under direction and supervision of the PT. The PTA may only perform procedures that he or she has been educated to perform. This education was part of his or her formal education or training program. PT’s must supervise all services provided by PTAs.
SABER College’s Physical Assistant Program
The program accepts a limited number of students each year. All applicants must be accepted to the college before they can apply to the PTA Program. All candidates who meet the requirements also get interviewed by faculty members. This happens before acceptance into the program. The PTA curriculum is two years in length. It also includes classroom lectures and laboratory instruction. It also includes clinical training in a variety of out-patient settings.
SABER College’s Class List for the PTA Program
Criminal Background Check (CBC) and Drug Screening
Those considering a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant must pass a Criminal Background Check. This process is required by clinical facilities. It ensures protection of the public from those individuals with a criminal record. Having a criminal background may prevent placement in a clinical site. It may also prevent you from becoming licensed. Also, some clinical sites may need drug screenings as a condition for placement.
SABER College’s Program Goals for the PTA Program
1. Graduate Physical Therapist Assistants who pass the required credentialing and licensure examinations.
2. Provide the medical community with qualified PTAs. Furthermore, they should be able to perform and execute the treatment plans under the direction of a licensed Physical Therapist.
3. To instill an understanding of the importance of academic and clinical excellence.
4. Provide excellent educational experiences. These experiences are designed to prepare students for entering a career as Physical Therapist Assistants.
Admissions for the PTA Program
  • The applicant must submit a High School Diploma or equal status in their country of origin. Or  they must submit a GED.
  • Applicant must be 18 yrs. of age.
  • The applicant must score at the 11.0 level in mathematics and language.  Reading  is also on the TABE Test. Students with AA or higher degree of education are exempt from this.
  • Applicant must submit official school transcripts. They must also document any previous school work. The Applicant must have at least GPA of 2.0 average or higher.  The school must have accreditation by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. This will include applicants requesting credit for general education courses. The courses may be taken at the associate degree level or higher at another school.
  • The applicant must also submit a college application including a writing sample.
  • Applicant must complete a personal oral interview. The Program Director or an administrative representative does the interview. It evaluates the applicant’s ability to communicate. The health care delivery system requires it. The interviewer must also recommend applicant for admission.
  • The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation. The letters must be from a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. They may also be from a previous instructor or from a current or past employer. Letters must have contact information of person writing recommendation. Information should include name, signature, phone number and address.
  • Applicant must undergo a criminal background check and drug screen.
  • Perform and also submit proof of 20 observation hours in a Physical Therapy setting.
Application Completion
Completion of all application requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Also, greatest enrollment for each cohort caps at 24 students. Furthermore, enrollment into the program is limited and competitive. Selection gets determined by the SABER College PTA Program Director and Admissions Committee. They base it on consideration of the application process. But if the background check reveals a felony conviction, you will not gain acceptance. 
SABER College’s PTA program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).