If you are innovative, a people person, have a desire to help others and an interest in rehabilitation, consider a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).
Every day, more than 750,000 people in the United States receive physical therapy, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. PTAs work as part of a team to provide services under the direction of a physical therapist.
PTAs help people of all ages who are recovering from an illness or injury or have conditions that limit their ability to move and function in their daily lives. They also help prevent the worsening of symptoms and injuries.
PTAs work in hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools and sports facilities. Our graduates are employed throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond, including at all of the major health systems in the area.
A typical day for a PTA might include 8-12 hours of hands-on patient care that may include teaching patients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes or walkers, massage and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
About the program
The CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education) accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Delta College takes two years to complete. Registration and acceptance into the PTA program occurs each Fall. Graduates will be ready for employment as a PTA immediately after graduation and successful completion of the licensing exam.
Students must complete prerequisites (see Program Details and Requirements), observation hours, a validation process and additional steps through the Registrar for entry into the program.
Licensure pass rates and program completion rates for Delta College students are very high. Employment rates in 2013-2014 are 100 percent.
The need for physical therapist assistants is expected to grow by 26 percent in Michigan and 41 percent nationwide from 2012 through 2022, largely due to the needs of an older population and the growing rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity. The average yearly earnings for a PTA is $43,740 in Michigan and $54,410 nationally.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What students are saying
"I chose the PTA program because I knew I loved working with people. I knew it would be a rewarding career helping others get better and get the very best out of their lives despite their illness and/or injury. I love the Delta program because the instructors are passionate about what they do! It is a very close-knit group where you get a lot of 1-on-1 learning experiences."
- Kassie Nichole Goss
Find out more
Have questions or want more information? View our frequently asked questions or contact:
PTA program coordinator
Health and Wellness Division
989-686-9316; Office F263