With state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories and therapeutic experiences, physical therapist assistant students learn strategies for addressing a variety of disorders. The program focuses on the medical and physical treatment of these systems:
Integumentary (the body's outer layer)
Graduates of the Ivy Tech Physical Therapist Assistant program are qualified to work as physical therapist assistants (PTAs) after passing their board exams.
Professionals in this flexible career work under the supervision of physical therapists in places like:
Long-term care facilities
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Ivy Tech is a selective admission program, which means not all students who apply to the program will be accepted. Students start by applying to Ivy Tech and enrolling in Healthcare Specialist with an interest in Physical Therapist Assistant while completing their prerequisite requirements.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects job growth that is much faster than average for physical therapist assistants between 2021 and 2031. The BLS anticipates 24% growth nationally, or about 25,500 job openings each year.
Associate Degree – Transferable or Career-Ready
Ivy Tech's Associate of Science (AS) in Physical Therapist Assistant degree program prepares students for a career as a physical therapist assistant.
After earning their AS in Physical Therapist Assistant and passing board exams, graduates can enter the workforce. To position graduates for success, the program has affiliation agreements with more than 130 employers in Indiana that are seeking physical therapist assistants.
The AS in Physical Therapist Assistant degree program also is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. You can save upward of $10,000 by completing your first two years at Ivy Tech and then transferring!
Our physical therapist assistant program currently has partnerships with two schools so you can seamlessly transfer without losing your credits or time:
Talk to our transfer advocates for information about continuing your education after completing your associate degree at Ivy Tech. You are also encouraged to contact the university to which you plan to transfer. Note that admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. You will need to be admitted to the institution you intend to transfer to.
A completion guide provides the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week terms. For students taking fewer classes at a time, the courses are numbered to show the overall number that will be taken.
Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take. Completion guides may vary by campus/location dependent on clinical availability.
Prep for an Industry Exam
The Ivy Tech Physical Therapist Assistant AS degree program prepares you to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) licensure exam for physical therapist assistants.
Careers to Pursue
The associate degree prepares students to become physical therapist assistants. This career generally offers the flexibility to choose the location, schedule and patient population for your work.
Physical therapist assistants also can seek administrative roles, including becoming directors, in various therapy settings. They can pursue an Advanced Proficiency designation through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Dr. Dawn Bancsi has guided the program as chairperson since the spring of 2008, promoting an assessment-driven curriculum focused on patient case study engagement. Dr. Bancsi has practiced pediatric and neurological outpatient rehabilitation for 28 years, owning her own PT/OT mobile service organization.
She has taught anatomy, physiology, and physical therapist assistant education for Ivy Tech for 20 years. She takes pride in assisting students to achieve their educational goal of becoming a PTA. Exemplifying life-long learning, Dr. Bancsi is actively pursuing her Ph.D. in General Psychology: Performance Psychology from Grand Canyon University.
Dr. Mark Wise graduated from the Medical College of Ohio with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1995. Additionally, he earned a Masters's degree in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University and a Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.
He started teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Muncie Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 1998 and transitioned into the Program Chairpersorolell in 2003. In addition to teaching, Dr. Wise continues clinical practice with a focus on orthopedics, injury prevention, and helping injured workers successfully return to work.
Dr. Emily Smith graduated from Bellarmine University in 2011 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She has since practiced as a licensed Physical Therapist in the Southern Indiana area and her areas of interest include Education, Neurology, and Home Health.
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