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Physical Therapist Assistant

PROGRAM

Do you find the human body fascinating? Help people live full, active lives by learning to help others improve their health and recover from injury or surgery.

What you’ll learn

Physical Therapist Assistants are a valued component of physical therapy practice. You'll work with your supervising physical therapist to help patients meet their functional goals. Through exercises, symptom management, functional movement training, and self-care techniques, you'll help patients gain the skills and confidence to move confidently and comfortably and prevent injury. Through Lane’s Physical Therapist Assistant program, you’ll develop the skills you need to be an asset in any setting where people come for physical therapy.

Associates Degree

Do you find the human body fascinating? Do you like helping people live full, active lives? Do you enjoy working in a team that helps others improve their health and recover from injury or surgery? Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are licensed healthcare providers that help prevent, restore, and optimize movement. Whether you’re interested in working with athletes, amputees, injured workers, the elderly, or in general practice, Lane’s PTA program can help you achieve your dreams.

Through online lectures, lab practice, and realistic simulations with faculty and peers, you’ll learn the skills you need to thrive as a PTA. During the first year of the program, you’ll need to be on campus at least one full day per week. In the second year, you’ll continue with online lecture and in-person lab classes and complete three, full-time six-week supervised internships in an assigned physical therapy setting.

2 years Full-time
$21,002 Full program

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Teaching appropriate exercises for improving strength, flexibility, coordination, agility, and performance
  • Instructing and progressing mobility skills, such as bed mobility, sitting, standing, walking, and higher level mobility skills depending on the condition and plan
  • Using ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat, and other tools to help reduce pain, improve strength, and assist tissue healing
  • Using rehabilitation equipment and aids to optimize patient safety and function
  • Performing selected tests and measures that inform clinical decision making when implementing the physical therapy plan of care
  • Collecting and reporting relevant data, such as aerobic capacity, pain, cognition, joint motion, muscle performance, neuromuscular development and performance, posture, self-care, circulation, respiration, ventilation, and home/community management
  • Communicating effectively with a variety of healthcare providers, such as nurses, doctors, and other rehabilitation professionals
  • Advocating for patients, the public, and health care through engagement with the American Physical Therapy Association, Oregon Physical Therapy Association, and providing at least 10 hours of community service for a non-profit organization.
  • Practicing responsibly in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association Standards of Ethical Practice for the Physical Therapist Assistant

AFTER LANE

You can work in a wide variety of settings such as outpatient physical therapy clinics, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and in-home care! Do you like exploring new places and meeting new people? You can work as a traveling PTA and go wherever you’re needed! Lane PTA graduates are successful in finding employment both in Oregon and beyond.
Some Physical Therapist Assistant courses transfer to Pacific University and Oregon Institute of Technology. PTA’s that earn four-year or advanced degrees may choose to become educators, researchers, and administrators.

Not sure which is for you? Learn more about the types of degrees & certificates Lane has to offer

State of the Art Facilities

Whether you’re completing your degree at Lane’s main campus in Eugene or at our partner campus at Rogue Community College in White City, you’ll have access to well equipped, state of the art classrooms. Equipment and materials including a Shuttle Balance, standing frames, biophysical agents, and more allow for authentic practice and skill building that meets the needs of today’s physical therapy provider.

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Program Accreditation and Disclosures

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lane Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (541) 463-5617 or email healthprofessionsoffice@lanecc.edu.

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Three-Year Acceptance and Matriculation Rates

Admission Year Applications Students Admitted
2019 78 20 Eugene, 8 So. OR
2020 85 20 Eugene, 9 So. OR
2021 69 20 Eugene, 8 So. OR

Two-Year Program Outcomes (2020-2021)

Location Graduation Rate NPTA Exam Ultimate Pass Rate Employment Rate*
Eugene Campus 94.6% 97% 100%
Southern Oregon Campus 84.6% 100% 100%

*Employment rate data is for 2020. Employment data will be updated by May 2022

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