Villa’s PTA program has a 100% job placement rate of graduates who passed their licensure exam, as well as an above average licensure exam pass rate.
See for yourself.
Physical therapist assistants belong at Villa. The human body is one powerful instrument, but accidents and injuries can compromise its power. At Villa, you’ll learn how to get patients back to their best selves using assessment and treatment techniques from our long-standing faculty. In recent years, this elite program has posted a 100 percent job placement rate for grads who passed their licensure exams.
As a PTA student, you’ll have exclusive access to two laboratory rooms that provide you with the opportunity to practice the clinical skills you learn about in class. These labs allow you to practice patient assessment and treatment techniques, including gait devices, exercise equipment, and state-of-the-art physical agents (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, laser, traction, biofeedback, diathermy, and compression).
In addition to the labs, PTA students gain experience by volunteering in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center, a long-term care facility located on campus.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is very strong demand for physical therapist assistants in the current economy. Work for PTAs is projected to grow by 31% in the next decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an aging population and individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. The median income for a physical therapist assistant is $58,790. Salaries vary based on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting. According to US News, physical therapist assistants rank #1 in best health care support jobs and #13 out of 100 best jobs.
Choosing Your Specialty
As you complete your degree, you’ll begin to consider what field you’d like to dedicate your career to. Completing an internship can help give you an idea about which area you feel most passionate about. To date, our students have worked in the following fields:
- Sports Medicine
Potential Job Placements
- Acute Care
- Sub Acute Care
- Extended Care Facility
- Nursing Home
- Skilled Nursing Facility
- Outpatient Clinic
- School / Pre-School
- Wellness / Prevention
- Sports / Fitness
- Home Health
- Industrial / Workplace / Other Occupational Environments
- Local / State / Federal Government
- Research Center
Real World Experience.
Practice makes perfect, and perfect is important when you’re dealing with a person’s physical well being. There’s no better way to practice than with an internship. As a graduation requirement for PTA students, you must complete three full-time internships to help you gain hands-on experience in the field you want to work in.
All work must be completed under the direction of a licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.
Join the family.
There’s a lot of pressure to know what’s next. We’re here to say, it’s OK if you’re still figuring it out. In fact, it’s great. Villa is a place where that kind of continual discovery is prized. Because going to college isn’t about having it all figured it out. It’s about inventing who you’re going to become. You’ll see.