Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Overview

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at ECPI University, College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA Campus and Richmond, VA Campus (Emerywood/West End Location) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.

The Richmond, VA program is an expansion of the accredited parent PTA program at ECPI University, College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA.

Through our year-round schedule, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 1.5 years!

For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Physical Therapy Program Description

What You Can Learn in Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.

PTAs help manage patients with back and neck injuries, sprains and strains, arthritis, burns, amputations, wounds, neurological conditions, surgical intervention and injuries related to work or sports.

PTAs help individuals of all ages who are ill, injured or have a health condition that limits their ability to perform daily activities needed for life.

Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients’ exercises and activities to increase mobility, strength and coordination.

A PTA will also use physical modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, traction, massage or electrical stimulation to help decrease pain, increase motion and improve function.

Where You Can Go in Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Skilled nursing
  • Extended care facilities
  • Homes
  • Schools
  • Occupational environments
  • Fitness centers
  • Sports training facilities

The following are the graduation rates as reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in December 2013.

  • Newport News, VA – Graduation rate for 2010 – 2012 is 73.4 %.
  • Richmond, VA – New program. Graduation rate for 2012 is 93.8%

Q

What percentage of students that graduated got jobs?

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The following are the employment rates as reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in December 2013.

  • Newport News, VA – Employment rate for 2010 – 2012 is 100%
  • Richmond, VA – New program. Employment rate for 2012 is 92%

Q

What percentage of graduates ultimately pass the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants?

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The following are the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants pass rates as reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

  • Newport News, VA – National Exam pass rate for 2010 – 2012 is 95.8%
  • Richmond, VA – New program. National Exam pass rate for 2012 is 85.7%