Maricopa Community Colleges

Programs & Degrees

Physical Therapist Assisting

Program Overview
Major Code
Associate in Applied Science
66 Credit Hours

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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