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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are in high demand, and that demand continues to grow faster than most occupations. Our students gain meaningful employment shortly after graduation.

  • Our PTA Program has a 100% employment rate for our licensed graduates!
  • PTAs earn roughly $42,000/year (National median).
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Two students practicing therapy on stability balls
Students practicing safe lifting techniques


Student Outcomes (Mid PTA) Program


Graduation Year Graduation Rate Ultimate Licensure Pass Rate Employment Rate
2017 100% 85.7% 100%
2018 100% 88.9% 100%
Combined 2-year average 100% 86.7% 100%

*Graduation Rate: The percentage of students who are matriculated in the first technical course in the program after the add/drop period and who complete the program.

*Employment Rate: The percentage of graduates who sought employment that were employed (full-time or part-time) as a physical therapist assistant within 1 year following graduation who are licensed.

*Ultimate Licensure Pass Rate: The percentage of graduates who take and successfully pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Rates are considered to be stabilized one year after graduation. Data from NPTE provided by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). www.fsbpt.org


*CHART UPDATED APRIL 2019

Career Overview

Role Of A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs implement selected components of patient/client interventions (treatment), obtain data related to the interventions provided, and make modifications in selected interventions either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort.

PTAs assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTAs provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. PTAs must graduate from a CAPTE-accredited PTA program and licensure or certification is required in most states in which a PTA works.

Our students develop the essential student knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to provide compassionate, quality physical therapy care. After demonstrating competence in didactic and lab skills, students will practice in a clinical setting under the direction of a physical therapist (PT) or a PTA with supervision of a PT and strive to be competent members of the health care team. Graduates will continue to seek continuing education and community service opportunities for professional and personal growth.


Learn more about a career in PTA:

Role of a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Benefits of a PTA Career

About PTA Careers

(courtesy of the APTA.org)


Job/Career Outlook

Earnings*

2016 Median Pay: About $56,850/year or $27.21/hour.

Employment Outlook (2016-2026)*: 41% - Much faster than average.


* Information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016 figures.


Accreditation Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mid Michigan College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 989-317-4609 or email pta@midmich.edu.


Campus Safety, Security Operations and Systems, and Title IX Policy

For safety and security policies, procedures, and information about student rights, visit midmich.edu/righttoknow and midmich.edu/securityreport. If you have questions regarding your rights or wish to speak to one of the College’s Title IX Coordinators or Deputy you may contact the following individuals:

Contact Information for Students:

Kim Barnes, AVP of Security Operations and Systems, Chief Title IX Coordinator, 2600 S. Summerton Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858, Office: Mt. Pleasant Campus, Doan Center, Room 105, (989) 386-6622, Ext. 236, kbarnes@midmich.edu

Martricia Farrell, Director of Security Operations and Systems, Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Clery Compliance Officer, 1375 S. Clare Ave, Harrison, MI 48625, Office: Harrison Campus, Safety and Security Office, (989) 386-6622, Ext. 394, mfarrell@midmich.edu

Contact Information for Employees:

Lori Fassett, AVP of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, 1375 S. Clare Ave, Harrison, MI 48625, Office: Harrison Campus, Room 213B; 2600 S. Summerton Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858, Office: Mt. Pleasant Campus, Doan Center, Room 104, (989) 386-6622, Ext. 692, Lfassett1@midmich.edu

 
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