Physical Therapist Assisting
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Physical Therapist Assisting program prepares students to use physical therapy modalities and procedures under the direction of a physical therapist. The physical therapist assistant works with patients who have physical impairments requiring physical therapy services to relieve pain and heal damaged tissue; improve range of motion, strength, and functional mobility. Physical therapy treatments include but are not limited to the application of therapeutic modalities; therapeutic exercise including stretching, range of motion, and strengthening; mobility skills including ambulation, transfers, and wheelchair mobility activities; balance exercises; and wound care management. The Physical Therapist Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Only graduates of an accredited training program may practice as a physical therapist assistant in the state of Arizona. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the certification exam administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. A passing score on this exam is required for licensure/certification to practice as a physical therapist assistant in Arizona and in many other states.
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