Are you looking for something more hands-on and fulfilling? Do you want a career where you can make a difference helping others? You’re not alone. Many of our students that come to us are already working but looking to change their careers. If you’re ready to have that feeling of accomplishment and pride in what you do, our Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program could be the right fit for you.
What makes the PTA program great for career changers? Take a closer look to see why this could be the job that sets your new career in motion, literally.
6 Benefits of Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant
- Helping Others Heal from Injuries and Illnesses. There’s a sense of fulfillment with helping others heal through movement and exercise. PTAs are very compassionate people who want to be of service and help others improve their quality of life.
- Hands-on Work with Patients. PTAs work directly with patients to help them recover a full range of motion after surgery, injury or illness. They help patients through exercise and other movements as well as educate them on treatment plans and ways to prevent future injuries.
- Watching Patients Improve is Rewarding. Being in direct patient care allows physical therapist assistants to watch their patients as they go through daily challenges and make progress. Patients will need the help of PTAs while maneuvering through movements, especially in the beginning, and you’ll be there from day one to give them the guidance and encouragement they need.
- You Can Advance Your Education. There are some different paths you can take should you decide you want to grow in your PTA career. You can go on to earn your Bachelor of Science of Physical Therapist Assistant (BSPTA) degree with us or other bachelor’s degree programs. You can also continue your education path to a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. If you decide to go into our BSPTA program, this will help you advance your career, become a teacher or clinical director, get your bachelor’s to help you get into a DPT program and so much more. The BSPTA program is also 100% online so you can have a work-life balance.
- Our Physical Therapist Assistant Program is Accelerated. Diving into a new career can be intimidating. Fortunately, our PTA associate degree program can be completed in approximately 18 months, making it possible to begin working in the field quickly.
- Job Outlook is Promising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of physical therapist assistants and aides is projected to grow 24 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. The healthcare industry is in need of workers and if you want to make a difference helping others through movement and exercise, this could be the career for you.