Physical Therapist Assistant Schools in Maine – ME
Educational Requirements for Physical Therapy Assistants in Maine
Physical therapy assistants (PTA’s) in Maine enjoy a better than average job market, thanks to Maine’s apparent resistance to the current economic crisis that other states are experiencing. This is especially true for those working in the health care field, including physical therapy assistants. And, the need for health professionals like PTA’s is only expected to continue to rise as the state’s retirement communities and other health facilities expand.
Physical therapy assistants in Maine must have graduated from one of the schools offering educational programs that have been accredited through a national organization or agency that has been approved by Maine’s state board. The national accrediting agency must also be recognized by the US Commissioner of Education, the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation or both.
PTA candidates can obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program generally takes about four semesters to complete, plus a clinical rotation that includes hands-on practice under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students are required to take 26 credit hours of general core classes, plus 25 credit hours of PTA technical education courses and 16 credit hours of clinical education classes.
Career specific coursework includes advanced anatomy and physiology classes, as well as kinesiology and exercise science classes. Other required courses include first aid and CPR classes, musculoskeletal systems classes, psychology and therapeutic intervention classes.