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Why Physical Therapist Assistant?

Bring Motion to Life as a Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) make a difference in the lives of those who have a reduction or limitation in health or movement. PTAs provide an essential piece of patient care to reduce pain and assist a patient in their ability to move and perform activities in their daily lives. This intensive two-year program in human movement and rehabilitation prepares you to work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist. 

In addition to the field being rewarding, it is also in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physical therapist assistants is expected to spike upward by an astonishing 30%.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone 703-706-3245 is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 

Accreditation 

Physical Therapist Assistant program at Heartland Community 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 309-268-8673 or email daryl.menke@heartland.edu

Why Heartland?

There are many reasons to study at Heartland Community College.

  • Affordable
  • Student-focused
  • Dedicated instructors
  • Small class sizes
  • Supportive environment
  • Multiple clinical setting experiences
  • Graduate NPTE-PTA licensure exam pass rate above the national average

Some of our graduates work in hospitals or privately owned physical therapy practices. Others work in home health, schools and rehab units.

I want to learn more.

Applying to Heartland

Applying early is encouraged, so you can get the classes you need at the times you want. Visit heartland.edu/application to apply today!