Physical Therapist Assistant


Welcome to MHCC's Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Empowering individuals to provide safe, effective, compassionate and professional physical therapy interventions

Physical therapist assistants work directly with patients to restore physical activity following an accident or illness. Under the supervision of a physical therapist, physical therapist assistants teach patients how to exercise, how to use wheelchairs, crutches, canes and walkers. Physical therapist assistants use techniques such as heat, ultra-sound, massage, hydrotherapy, traction and electrotherapy in the treatment of patients.

Is this for me?

A career as a physical therapist assistant is for those who are people-oriented, have a genuine desire to help others and want to be part of a health care team. Additionally, you

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need to be able to think on your feet in a fast-paced environment, have patience and tact, be emotionally stable and have physical stamina.

What does the program offer?

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at MHCC is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This program is taught by highly-qualified instructors with extensive experience in physical therapy. Coursework consists of lecture and laboratory instruction on campus and supervised clinical experience in health care facilities in the Portland metropolitan area and throughout the state.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a restricted-entry program. You must apply for admission and meet the program criteria before being considered for acceptance.

What does the future hold?

Nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and home health care agencies will need more therapists and assistants because of the aging of the population. In addition, new positions are expected to be created due to the rapid advancement in rehabilitation and therapeutic techniques, and in medical science and technology which permit more disabling conditions to be treated.

What are my options?

A TWO-YEAR ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program provides the necessary requirements, knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position in the technical health care field. (It is not a preparatory program leading to a physical therapist degree.) Upon graduation you will be eligible to take the Oregon state licensing examination which enables you to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Physical Therapist Assistant Careers

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and home health care agencies, out-patient clinics and school districts.

Want to know more?

For more information about the program or careers in physical therapy, call the Allied Health division office at 503-491-7272. For information about costs or how to enroll, call Admissions and Records at 503-491-7165.

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