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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Are you looking for a rewarding career in health care and aspire to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives on a regular basis?  If the idea of working with patients to help them return back to their prior level of mobility and function with physical therapy is appealing, then IOT’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program can put you on this path in just a short time.

Believing in Your Success

At IOT, we want to see you reach all of your learning and career goals, which is why we offer an integrated learning experience in the classroom, lab, and clinic to develop your application of knowledge, communication, ethical & legal judgement, critical thinking, and problem solving skills

Your PTA training immerses you in the real world of your specialty from day one in the classroom, so you can be ready for day one on the job.

Skills and knowledge areas of focus include:

•  Anatomy and Physiology
•  Introduction to Physical Therapy
•  Functional Anatomy
•  Kinesiology
•  Patient Care
•  Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
•  Therapeutic Exercise

What can I do?

As a graduate of IOT’s PTA program, you can take on a variety of exciting opportunities in this growing field. You’ll be able to work at:

•  Hospitals
•  Private Physical Therapy Offices
•  Rehabilitation Centers
•  Home Health Agencies
•  And more!

Please review our Prospective Student Handbook.

Our Educators

Jimmy Pacini, PTA

Jimmy Pacini, Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program, is a licensed PTA with experience in hospital-based outpatient care, specializing in orthopedic and neurological conditions. At the hospital, he was responsible for organizing clinical staff in-services as well as managing physical therapy aides. Jimmy has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) which has led to positions at the local district, state, and national levels. Currently, he is the San Joaquin Valley District PTA Representative, the California PTA Caucus Representative, and APTA Advocacy Awards Committee Member. Jimmy has also served as the California PTA Caucus Alternate Representative, PTA Caucus Communication Committee Co-chair, and California Student Conclave Task Force Member. His passion for professional advocacy has led to participation in several lobbying days at the state and national level as well as guest speaking opportunities on current professional issues and ethics in physical therapy.

Adeel H. Rizvi, PT, DPT:

Adeel H. Rizvi, PT, DPT is a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and the Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at the Clovis Campus. He holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Sciences with a concentration in Global Health Education and Research. Prior to his appointment Dr. Rizvi has aided in the development of two PTA programs and looks forward to developing the program for IOT. He also brings with him over fifteen years of experience in the field, where he has acted in various capacities, including PT Aide, PTA, PT, Consultant, and Associate Director. Dr. Rizvi is the recipient of several awards, with the most recent being a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly for his work with uninsured and underserved patients and families of Orange County, CA.

Hours of Instruction/Program Length

This program is 1,573 hours and 65.5 semester credit hours. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 80 weeks. An Independent Study component is included. See your admissions representative for available class times.

Get Started

Contact us today to learn more about this program and see how you can start your career in healthcare.

Where can I learn?

IOT offers Physical Therapist Assistant training at:

Campuses offering our Physical Therapist Assistant program:

Program Accreditation

The Institute of Technology is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy of a Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program, which is the formal application in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted candidate for accreditation status nor does it assure that the program will be granted initial accreditation. The contact information for CAPTE is 1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314-1488 or capte.org.

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