Photo: Dr. Saunders at Commencement

Physical Therapy Assistant

A physical therapy assistant assists the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to the plan of care, training patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conducting treatments using special equipment, administering modalities and other treatment procedures, and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient’s responses. Excellent career opportunities are available in hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes, sports facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, schools, private physical therapy offices, and corporate or industrial health centers.

Career and Technical Education Option

This program is offered as a cooperative program with Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois. 

It is fully accredited by the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Students who have successfully completed the program will be allowed to apply for the National Board Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

Entry Requirements

High school diploma or its equivalent is required. Please contact Lake Land College and refer to the Physical Therapist Assistant program requirements for admission and retention. Students must complete an application process to enter the program.

Length of Study

The program is a two-year associate degree; however the actual length may vary depending on the student. The student may choose to take general education courses in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, biology, English, and psychology at Richland and then apply to take the five semester sequencing of Physical Therapy Assistant courses at Lake Land.

For Further Information

For questions regarding the cooperative physical therapy assistant, please contact Tony Crystal in the Health Professions office at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6753.

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