Physical therapy assistants (PTAs) and aides are charged with helping patients recover from various illnesses and injuries. PTAs work directly with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Using a variety of exercises and treatments, physical therapy assistants help patients regain strength and movement throughout their body. They also assist patients with managing pain.
New York physical therapy assistant programs help students obtain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed as a PTA. Through a combination of classroom preparation and hands-on learning experiences, students are prepared to take their licensing exams and gain entry-level employment as a physical therapy assistant. Students seeking to become physical therapy assistants in New York will find a variety of schools throughout the state that offer high quality PTA training programs.
Physical therapy assistant programs in New York can prepare students for their licensing exams, as well as provide the practical skills to gain entry-level employment as PTAs. In addition to the schools listed below, aspiring PTAs will find a number of other training programs located throughout the state of New York.
Physical therapy assistants must be technically skilled while serving as excellent communicators in order to provide the best possible treatment to their patients. New York requires all physical therapy assistants to be licensed. Therefore, physical therapy programs in New York generally offer courses in:
PTAs work in a variety of locations, including hospitals, nursing homes, and private physical therapy offices. They should exhibit high levels of compassion and must possess the physical stamina to work on their feet and in bent or stooped positions.
Physical therapy assistants in New York are required to earn an associate degree and pass the national board exam administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Students must also satisfy the state board's "moral character" requirements. PTAs in New York are also required to earn continuing education credits to remain licensed.
Schools for Physical Therapist Assistants in New York are listed below.
|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Broome Community College||Binghamton||Associate||6,558|
|CUNY Kingsborough Community College||Brooklyn||Associate||14,962|
|CUNY LaGuardia Community College||Long Island City||Associate||15,169|
|Erie Community College||Buffalo||Associate||13,053|
|Genesee Community College||Batavia||Associate||6,472|
|Herkimer County Community College||Herkimer||Associate||3,328|
|Jamestown Community College||Jamestown||Associate||3,361|
|Maria College of Albany||Albany||Associate||752|
|Mercy College||Dobbs Ferry||Doctorate||8,628|
|Nassau Community College||Garden City||Associate||21,483|
|New York University||New York||Doctorate & First Professional||41,783|
|Niagara County Community College||Sanborn||Associate||6,331|
|Onondaga Community College||Syracuse||Associate||10,637|
|Orange County Community College||Middletown||Associate||6,602|
|Rockland Community College||Suffern||Associate||6,653|
|SUNY College of Technology at Canton||Canton||Bachelor||2,737|
|Suffolk County Community College||Selden||Associate||22,092|
|Touro College||New York||Doctorate||17,129|
|Villa Maria College Buffalo||Buffalo||Bachelor||455|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New York. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Physical Therapist Assistants relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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