Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) December 31, 2012
Absolute Exhilaration has released a new guide into the physical therapist assistant. The PTAGuide.org provides students with the necessary information needed to make it in the growing and rewarding field in physical health.
Physical therapy assistants currently play an important role in America’s healthcare sector.
With the growing importance of providing for the patient’s long-term health and ability to resume normal activities, physical therapy has become a central part of many treatment plans, both during and after the patient’s hospital stay.
The physical therapy assistant, also know as a PTA, works to assist the physical therapist in carrying out his or her duties. The PTA must be professional and able to understand and independently follow detailed instructions.
PTAs have a wide range of potential career option. Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that there are over 110,000 PTA careers in the United States and that number is continually increasing. By 2020, the BLS has estimated that the number of available employment opportunities will have increased by at least 45 percent.
A PTA is a profession that requires a state license or credential in order to practice. For most states, this requires completing an accredited PTA program, in addition to passing the national exam to demonstrate. Some states may have other requirements, such as passing a jurisprudence exam, and providing letters of recommendation.
A physical therapy assistant program is usually a two-year program that confers an associate’s degree upon completion. These programs include a variety of classes and laboratory sessions. In addition, PTA programs usually have a clinical component, where the students work directly under healthcare professionals in functioning hospitals or clinics while obtaining hands-on physical therapy experience.
All states require that any recognized physical therapy assistant program be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This ensures that the program adheres to high educational and professional standards
For more information about how to become a physical therapy assistant, including information and resources on specific schools and programs in each state, please visit PTAGuide.org
Absolute Exhilaration, LLC runs several health-related websites in the human and animal health fields that address information and resources for those interested in a career in the medical industry.
Artur Ciesielski 602.492.8004
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