The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at ASU is an associate-level program. The degree awarded is the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The program is designed so that one year (25 hours) of general education courses and prerequisites are completed prior to being accepted into the PTA program. Once accepted into the program, students complete one year of professional courses (38 hours).
The PTA assists the Physical Therapist in patient evaluation and assessment activities, implements treatment programs according to a plan of care, trains patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conducts treatments using special equipment, administers modalities and other treatment procedures, and reports to the PT on patients’ responses to treatment.