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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Introduction

Continuing in the tradition of offering high quality programs designed to help students gain the knowledge, proficiency, and competency demanded by employers and the community at large, SOLEX College is looking to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree.

Offering this degree will provide a great opportunity for our students to seek employment in a growing and rewarding field. Now is a great time to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). The field is expected to grow 35% through 2018 and, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, is one of the top 50 growing occupations in the state.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, along with training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers. They may also provide therapeutic massage and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy. (Source:

The planned curriculum is a 1+1 model. This model will allow students to complete general education coursework designed to prepare them for the didactic challenges of the technical education courses prior to applying to the selective admissions portion of the program. The general education course work will help students develop the ability to think independently, to clarify values, to understand fundamental theory, and to develop critical thinking and communication skills.

The technical education courses are designed to facilitate the development of clinical decision making skills, psychomotor skills and values-based behaviors required to work under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. The technical education portion of the program includes lecture, laboratory and clinical experiences to ensure students gain not only the knowledge, but are also able to develop the skills necessary to function in a variety of physical therapy care settings under the direction of a physical therapist. The curriculum is structured in an integrated fashion to allow students to learn how to competently provide interventions to patients with a variety of conditions commonly encountered in physical therapy, while also providing students with the foundation of how to apply basic principles of physical therapy interventions to conditions less commonly encountered by physical therapist assistants.

All technical education courses are designed to highlight the important role of physical therapy in the health care environment and the privilege and responsibility that accompanies the role that physical therapist assistants play when providing selected interventions under the direction of the physical therapist.

SOLEX College invites you to further investigate this great career opportunity. For more information about SOLEX College's developing PTA program and prerequisite course start dates please call (847) 229-9595.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at SOLEX 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:; website: