Physical Therapy Assistant


Program Description

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are health care providers. They work under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT). They help people recover from injuries. Examples include injuries to the bones and joints as well as brain and nerves. A patient could be suffering from problems with pain and developmental complications. PTAs help with a multitude of other movement problems. PTAs assist people with reaching their maximum level of health and function. They help people to recover their ability to walk and to heal from wounds. PTAs teach patients to learn to work and live with the effects of injuries and other health problems.

Physical therapists are responsible for evaluating and treating people who need physical therapy care. They identify problems that physical therapy can address. They create goals and decide what treatment the person will receive. Under the supervision of a PT, PTAs apply a variety of therapy treatments. Treatment techniques include therapeutic exercises, heat, cold, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, traction and massage.

PTAs usually work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and schools. Actually, they work anywhere that physical therapists work.

The CTE program provides a hands-on experience. Students in the program will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Effective Communication & Customer Service
  • Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Clinical Physical Therapy
  • Safety Practices
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Legal & Ethical Behavior
  • Theory & Skills Involving Specialized Tools

Business and Industry Partners

Harris Health System · Memorial Hermann Hospitals

Program of Study

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Principles of Health Science Medical Microbiology

Medical Terminology
Health Science (Clinical)

Anatomy and Physiology
Practicum in Health Science

Industry Certifications

  • Texas Physical Therapy Assistance License

Possible Career Pathways

  • Physical Therapist
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Health Informatics
  • Support Services
  • Biotechnology Research and Development

Starting Salary

$42,087 - $67,102
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Partners

Prairie View A&M University