Pima Medical Institute's Physical Therapist Assistant Program Receives 5-Year Accreditation

Pima Medical Institute, 1701 W. 72nd Ave, Suite 130 in Denver announced its Physical Therapist Assistant program has been accredited for five years -- the maximum allowable time for accreditation of a new PTA program.

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Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 24, 2006

Pima Medical Institute, 1701 W. 72nd Ave, Suite 130 in Denver announced their Physical Therapist Assistant program has been accredited for five years - the maximum allowable time for accreditation of a new PTA program. Accreditation is the gold standard for measuring quality in education programs and helps ensure students are job ready, and the program meets the needs of the marketplace.

The Denver career college is one of four schools in Colorado to offer a [Physical Therapist Assistant program] http://www.pmi.edu/careers/physical_therapist_assistant.asp, and the 19-month program is the only one offered in the Denver area. The first class of Pima Medical Institute's PTA program graduated Aug. 18, 2006. Applications are being accepted for individuals interested in the next session which is scheduled to July 30, 2007.

"Our Denver campus was the first of Pima Medical Institute's schools to offer a Physical Therapist Assistant program, so we knew we were setting the standard," said Sue Anderson, campus director. "Our Program Director, Dr. Dionne Billick, Clinical Director, Dr. Scott Rezac and Instructor Kris Mathwig are absolutely top notch, so this five-year accreditation was exciting, but not unexpected. Anyone interested in a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant should check out our program and see what we have to offer."

Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and assist with patient procedures such as: exercise for increasing strength, endurance, coordination and range of motion; instruction in carrying out everyday daily living and gait training; and the application of soft tissue mobilization, heat, cold, light, water or electricity to relieve pain or improve the condition of the muscle or skin. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics, employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2012.

PMI is one of the premier medical career colleges in the western United States. The privately owned, accredited school provides students with a well-rounded education embracing theoretical classroom studies, as well as on-site training at medical facilities that mirror the working environment they will pursue after graduation.

PMI has been serving students since 1972, with campuses in: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Mesa and Tucson, AZ; Denver and Colorado Springs, CO; Seattle and Renton, WA; Las Vegas, NV and Chula Vista, CA. Additional information is available at http://www.pmi.edu or by calling 1-888-442-5998.

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