Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant

If you're interested in physical therapy but don't want to commit to that much schooling, consider becoming a physical therapy technician or assistant. These individuals help patients overcome their physical ailments and stay healthy under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Some of the duties a physical therapy technician/assistant performs include helping patients complete assigned exercises and movements, icing or heating injuries or sore spots, monitoring and recording patient progress, and instructing patients on how to use prosthetics, braces, and other devices. The average physical therapy technician program is two years and ends with an associate degree. Courses will cover topics like anatomy, physiology, anatomy, ultrasounds, and patient communication. You'll receive instruction in how to help patients complete their therapy and will often be required to undertake hands-on training in the field. Most states require licensing, which means after graduation you'll probably need to take an exam to obtain this license. Once you pass the test, you'll be qualified to work in numerous health care settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, or private practices. You also have the option of continuing your education to become a licensed physical therapist.

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“…NYU isn't a tight-knit campus school because its buildings are scattered throughout Lower Manhattan, so meeting people and developing a network is more difficult than the traditional environment where you may often see the same faces around school....” – Ian from Marietta, GA

“…This school is amazing. The teachers are very understanding and seem to love their jobs. The campus is very beautiful, clean, and very easy to navigate.” – Kirby from Chesapeake, VA

“…Arkansas State University is a well rounded college for those who seek a start in their career. It can be the beginning of a long and wonderful education, and it can serve as the end of ones educational goals all at the same time. Whether you're...” – Ryan from Highland, AR

“…The physical functionality of the school has its ups and downs. Though there are some students here with non-academic goals, there are just as many dedicated, aspiring professionals. The teaching and administration, and the opportunities offered are...” – Ashaun from Carbondale, IL

“…Your college experience is all what you make it. The fun will always be there so work then play. Albany is small school so your reputation is everything, you want people to look at you as someone who's positive and want something out of life.” – Nekia from Jacksonville, FL

“…BYU-IDAHO is spectacular. It has all the curriculum that I am looking for. The spiritual environment is great for my spiritual growth. One of the best religious schools.” – VALERIE from ORLANDO, FL

Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, FL

“…Broward College is a good school. They really help people learn, compensating for disabilities, and different learning-styles.” – Jennifer from Lauderhill, FL

“…It's a good school to get started at. The Academic services are most excellent in helping students finding free tutoring. The only Problem is the Math 1108 course has a low success rate because it is online.” – Timothy from Pocatello, ID

“…Houston Community College is great! It's easier to learn here, because of the smaller classes. In addition, the classes are more affordable.” – Lashandra from Houston, TX

“…i love how the general education courses are intergrated into the engineering department. the school helps you adjust to your new surrounding. the support with your classes is amazing.” – Richard from Corona, CA

“…I absolutely love Santa Fe. It's such a small college with a big college attitude. Everyone is very friendly and always open to lend a hand. It's a great place to start as a freshman” – Arelis from Apopka, FL

“…The university of Indianapolis is an amazing school that offers numerous opportunities for their students. The smaller classrooms create an environment where questions can be asked comfortably, and answered quickly. Most of the professors are down...” – Anne from Fishers, IN

“…dixie state college has great professors in the psychology department. i would give it a 5 star rating. one thing i think could change especially for students that are juniors and seniors is giving the students their portions of the student loans...” – JaCoy from St. George, UT

“…montgomery college is an affordable, conveniently located, and diverse campus in which a student can gain the best experience and knowledge they need to succeed.” – Alexis from Germantown, MD

“…College of Dupage has changed alot and has become a very beautiful school to attend. It has added alot of new building to help each major get a better education experience. The school has expanded alot and allows personal rooms of education so...” – Thomas from Justice, IL

“…the brenham campus is small enough to walk but big enough to get plenty of exercise. there are many clubs available to join and there is always free fun things going on. they also have great helpful teachers that really do care about their students...” – Faith from Bellville, TX

“…south texas college is a good college for those who plan on transferring to a 4-year university. it's very affordable which puts an ease on the life of a college student. the classes are also small so it's easy to learn here.” – Myrabel from Mission, TX

“…My experience so far has been very rewarding the professors and faculty have gone out of there way to make me feel at home.I look forward to going to my classes each day. I plan to make the most of every opportunity in order to make my dreams a...” – Miranda from Port Orange, FL

“…This college is great, I really rely on the tutoring that is offered on campus. The class size and instrutor ratio is satisfactory, along with some instructors that take time out to explain/teach to students. Students services can also be a great way...” – Valerie from Warren, MI

“…Most helpful and successful at helping you succeed in your studies! There are still a lot of programs and transfer courses to choose from with all these budget cuts! Classrooms are up to date with the latest technology.” – Yessenia from Whittier, CA

“…This school is terrible when it comes to financial need. No one here knows much able ways to attend on a financial need basis. They are very slow with processing financial applications.” – Brittany from Detroit, MI

“…This college offers smaller classes which is beneficial because the teachers get to know you. The advisors and counselors generally care about the students and are there to help. I do not feel like just a number or body like many of the other college...” – Matthew from Palm Harbor, FL

“…a fantastic opportunity to enhance anyone's situation. northern virginia community college (nova) is the second largest junior institution. i would rate this school (from 1-10) 10 being the highest level of recognition.” – Brian from Bealeton, VA

“…sacramento city college is a great place to meet new people. the professors are kind and gives attention to every student. the campus is beautiful and the classes are also very easy to find.” – Karen from Elk Grove, CA

“…loma linda is a wonderful christian university. it will provide you with the best education while allowing yourself to be a well rounded student.” – Cara from Loma Linda, CA

“…The campus atmosphere is so laid back. It's just a comfortable place to be, and I love going to school here. The professors are amazing and so willing to help. ” – Brianne from Princeton, IN

“…This college pushes you to become your best. The Institute is a great social hang out and all the teachers are wanting the very best for you, they know their stuff and are interested in you succeeding. Have enjoyable activities every week.” – Jessika from West Jordan, UT

“…I would have to say that PSC is a 7.5 on a scale from one to ten. the reason for my anwer is their organization problems, and the fact that all students are not treated as equally. ” – Pre-Med from Pensacola, FL

“…nassau community college is a great school for finding what you want to do in life. it really helped me decide and find my passion and what i want to do as my career. definitely give this school a 10.” – Qiana from West Babylon, NY

“…This college is affordable and you can get a good education here. I love the atmosphere and the classroom's. The professor's are very well educated as well. ” – Briana from Longview, TX

Delta College
University Center, MI

“…Delta College is a great place to start whether you know your major or not. Delta College offers many transferrable classes and even specialized programs if you're not planning on transferring. You can go to Delta College at your own pace, I'll have...” – Amy from Bay City, MI

“…is a really good college. the faculty here is excellent. one of the things that i like here is that polk state college have a really good nursing program in which im willing to take.” – Pablo from Haones City, FL

“…Arkansas Tech University in my book rates about 7 out of 10. The campus and people are great and classes are small, the teachers really get to know their students. However, the accessibility features are outdated and need improving. ” – Christina from Russellville, AR

“…Hinds Communty College in Raymond, MS is one of the most beautiful schools that I have ever been to. The campus is so unique and different. The staff there are very nice and even though I have not started classes there, I believe that going to this...” – Dalonia from Brookhaven, MS

“…a very rewarding experience for a relatively low cost. a small yet beautiful campus with everything you need relatively close by. a school that does more for you outside of the classroom as well as in.” – Daeshawn from Pittsbugh, PA

“…The best thing about southern they take care about the whole aspect of your life the physical Spiritual and mental.” – Joel from Brentwood, MD

“…Your basic college, very affordable with great professors. Good for getting started, and I recommend using this as a starter college if you plan to transfer. Be patient with the registrar! ” – A Student from Nevada

“…despite being the largest centrally-located community college in the state of ohio, scc is easy to navigate and a very well-rounded school. the individual attention and assistance is remarkable. i am so proud to call myself a scc tartan. ” – Brittany from Dayton, OH

“…amarillo college is wonderful. the instructors are engaging and helpful. the classes are challenging, yet interesting. ” – Katharine from Amarillo, TX

“…They are a great school, with one on one teacher assistance. I love it being local and to have classes that work around my busy life. The smaller classes make it easier to interact with the professor and other students. All questions I have had, were...” – Tina from Holland, IN

“…the professors are exceptional. the campus is big and spacious. the advisers are so friendly.” – Deiara from Rockledge, FL

“…Provides a very strong medical education. Campus isn't too big to walk to classes. Offers in class and online education.” – Naomi from topeka, KS

“…missouri western have the best learning environment. faculty are friendly and are able to help students when needed. career advisors are also really helpful.” – Faizan from St Joseph, MO

“…tcc is a great starting point for continuing your education. there are many different classes and class schedules to fit your needs. tcc is constantly upgrading its facilities to keep up with other colleges and universities.” – Georgena from Norfolk, VA

“…the school is very organized and help a great help staff. the teacher are easy to talk and are willing to work with students. overrall the college is great.” – Tiffani from Fort Pierce, FL

“…navarro is a well known jr.college that lives by it's model succeding together. it has made my self esteem higher, and made me know that i can do anything i put my mind to and always believe in myself. navarro also has made me a better person inside...” – Veronica from Saginaw, TX

“…TCC is a college you can feel welcome at. The teachers help you succeed. Easy to find.” – Stephanie from Owasso, OK

“…San Diego Mesa College is an amazing school. The professors there are helpful and are passionate to teach what they know to their students. The school itself is a safe place to study at and go to.” – Daisy from National City, CA

“…they are really on you on what to do and how to do it. the key is to stay consistent and pay attention. review your notes and don't slack off.” – Pete from Jacksonville, FL

“…I love going to school at Saint Francis, because they care about our education. All the programs have a high graduation rate. Everyone wants to help you to achieve your goals and graduate in four years. ” – Nicole from Oswego, IL

“…Central Methodist University is a 9 out of 10 school in my opinion. I love how small it is, how close you are to your professors and how clean things are becoming. Organization could be a little better, but I love it all in all.” – Kaylee from Wentzville, MO

“…lane community college is a great school with a hard working, friendly faculty that give personal attention to their students which is made easy by our smaller class sizes. also, lcc has a sustainable organic garden on campus, run by students and...” – Julie from Eugene, OR

“…they have very helpful instructors and they will do anything they can to help you succeed in class. the campus is well kept and very big with great facilitys. i love uaa because everyone there, including students, will help you in anyway they can.” – Lucinda from Palmer, AK

“…This school encourages you to pursue your career goals. The teachers are very helpful. The small environment encourages students to learn and get more face time with teachers.” – Jaslyn from Lubbock, TX

“…Howard Community College is a very great school and can,t wait to attend this fall. Campus is great, friendly people and great teachers.it is very affordable school ” – Linda from Columbia, MD

“…onondaga community college is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to junior colleges. it gives every applicant a fair chance by never denying an application and it provides a quality education for those who maybe cannot afford a four-year...” – Casey from East Syracuse, NY

“…An excellent school that I would recommend to other students. I also think that the program for the high school students before entering college is wonderful as well. I also feel that this school has made a big change in my life even though I walks...” – Shanta from Memphis, TN

“…Washtenaw Community College was the best choice I have made. I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years attending. The staff is amazing, they really want their students to succeed.” – Marissa from Gregory, MI

“…ATC really care about there students. The teachers will work one on one if you need it. This school will also work with your work schedule.” – LaTanya from Atlanta, GA

“…This is a community college. It is not only good for saving money, it is a great stepping stone.” – Robert from Hernando, FL

“…Baker College provides students with the materials and the support that they need to be successful at furthering their education. The environment is clean and comfortable to be in. If i was asked to rate Baker College on a scale of one to ten, I...” – Lakeisha from Saginaw, MI

“…Shawnee State University is an amazing school. They have all kinds of different opportunities for everyone. Also if you ever need help there is always someone close by.” – Erin from South Point, OH

“…just be willing to work hard, and every teacher will be willing to help you succeed. if you are looking for blow-off classes, then you are going to dislike some of the best teachers. they give you your money's worth, and is the best community college...” – Petra from West, TX

“…very personable and small classes. experienced teachers. world class learning.” – Seth from Cedar Rapids, IA

“…anne arundel community college is a great college at an affordable price. the faculty and teachers are great, and you get the same experience as a private college.” – Jake from Lothian, MD

“…prince george's community college is encouraging and inspiring. the professors, students, and faculty there are very helpful. the academic environment is even better, and will surely help one to reach their goals.” – Chantel from Glenn Dale, MD

“…Touro college is a small school with smaller classes which allows the professors to build individual relationships with students. The professors are interested in the students overall and display enthusiasm for their area of study. The campus is...” – Sara

“…i enjoy mott college, there are many campuses and many opportunities. the staff is very helpful and enjoyable to be around. the secretaries are also helpful and easy to talk to.” – Debra from Mayville, MI

“…essex county college is a good college for new jersey students to start from before one enters to a four year college; as a result, nj students receive many benefits in essex county from scholarships to helpful programs. essex county also supply:...” – Pablo from Newark, NJ

“…School has been a wonderful experience. The professors are really interested in my education and helping me do my best. Very much geared for the way women learn!!!!!” – Mary from Farmington, MN

“…ecc is very open to accepting people and helping all of their students. ” – Danielle from Elgin, IL

“…SSC has a wonderful staff, they are always ready to help their students succeed no matter the challenge. The professors value the one on one time with their students to make sure they are doing alright in their class. The students are deeply involved...” – Kristian from Prague, OK

“…i personally feel that oakton community college is a school full of unique people. as i pass by students like me, they carry things like instruments and artwork to show others what they are passionate about. that is what i love about college: we are...” – Michelle from Des Plaines, IL

Del Mar College
Corpus Christi, TX

“…del mar has great teachers who really care about education. the hometown atmosphere is amazing. this college is very affordable!” – Sara from Ingleside, TX

“…A great stepping stone to bigger and better things. They care about you and want you to do your best” – Lois from Portland, OR

“…union county college is a very diverse campus. the classes are not too big, providing each and every student with a close relationship with their professor(s). i personnally found it the right for me, since i am able to focus more in a class that is...” – Margencie from Roselle, NJ

“…arapahoe community college in littleton, or acc littleton, is a small, yet safe and diverse campus. acc has a great selection of class choices, from online to in-class-great in the sense that the selection, highest equivalent of 200-level classes, is...” – Transfer from the east

“…Owens has really all it has claimed to be for me. They offer a lot of free services to help guarantee your success, they do everything in their power to make failing hard. So far, all the teachers I have had have awesome, they were understanding and...” – Adren from Oregon, OH

“…el paso community college is a great place to learn because the learning is more hands-on and personal. classes are usually available in different areas allowing less money on gas and more on educational materials. classes are also smaller allowing...” – Robin from El Paso, TX

“…As a high school Senior I have advanced my ranking with the help of Kilgore College dual credit courses from 17 to now ranked 4th in my graduating class, graduation May 25th. Kilgore College's help line and staff have been there to make any...” – Kadi from Gladewater, TX

“…Ivy Tech Community College is an awesome school. They are very flexible with your schedule and challenge you to do things that you thought you could never do. They have taught me a lot about being an adult and being a college student.” – Anthony from Indianapolis, IN

“…GCSC's staff is great! They are some of the most professional, passionate, and concerned teachers and staff I have come across. You must apply yourself though, to succeed.” – Daniel from Chipley, FL

“…I have really enjoyed the nursing program in this school. They are willing to help students in every way possible. Being able to succeed in my everyday challenges has made me really enjoy the material taught.” – Alicia from North Richland Hills, TX

“…jefferson state community college is an amazing school. i've been helped by my teachers many times, and they are patient and teach really well. i now see community college as an excellent way to start of college before you enter an university.” – Angel from Birmingham, AL

“…great place to start. they have wonderful professors who care about you. a caring staff who is there to help you. ” – TRAMAR from Southampton, NY

“…don't knock it off because it is in laredo. quality education at a fraction of the price you would pay at a university. ” – Rudy from Laredo, TX

“…Great location of a main highway, close to shopping and dining. Clean and inviting environment, open to new ideas. I enjoy the school for the simple things, like the teachers knowing your name and the open door policy.” – Natishah from Florissant, MO

“…I haven't taken any classes, only online. The experiences that I had going to the school were horrible, I could never get straight answers on anything. ” – Heather from River Ridge, LA

“…Louisiana College is more than just a place of higher learning. From the moment i stepped on campus i felt a sense of nobility, from the classroom to athletic fields, on down to the worship services. Louisiana College has made me a better person and...” – Bryan from Shreveport, LA

“…mcc is an amazing school. the instructors are very helpful and want to help students succeed. the design and decor of the institute is beautiful. there are man places to relax and get your work done, with help or alone.” – Hector from Bristol, CT

“…Easily accessible. Reasonably priced. Friendly, approachable staff and professors.” – Corwin from Kent, WA

“…i have not taken any classes at chattahoochee technical college, but so far i have really enjoyed the staff they go out of their way to make you feel at home. i love how all the fees are included into your tuition. ” – Lacey from Cartersville, GA

“…For a community college it is a very inviting and friendly place to go for fresh out of high school students. The professors are all very friendly and work well with the students in helping them succeed in their classes. The campus isn't too large or...” – Richard from Aztec, NM

“…a school that has many opportunities. non traditional students are welcomed. teachers are willing to take time and help you.” – D. from Adrian, MI

“…Lake Land College is a nice place to go if you are from a small rural area or if you are from a large city. Lake Land College has a lot to offer students, from sports to a fantastic library. There is a lot of open parking in all of the lots that make...” – Tami from Charleston, IL

“…hocking is a wonderful school, especially for nursing students. i chose this school because they have a one hundred percent passing rate on their bar exams. i would choose this school all over again if i had to redo it. ” – Amber from Lancaster, OH

“…So far this school has been great with getting me in and heading down the right pathway. My teachers are very helpful and always willing to be available for extra help. Counselors are always checking in with me and giving me suggestions along the way...” – Emily from Port Orchard, WA

“…Professional and resourceful staff. All information taught in class is accurate and applicable in today's world. Online classes have adequate study information, just as good as attending class!” – Susana from Seminole, TX

“…cpcc is great, with small classes, two free gyms, and classes on every subject i've ever heard of. the staff are always helpful and informative. they offer classes to fit your schedule from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm m-f and online. and with five campuses...” – Adam from Concord, NC

“…College of the Sequoias is a very professional, accredited community college. The counselors and instructors really care for your educational plans and will listen carefully to try to answer any concerns about your grades or class choices. I am proud...” – Esmeralda from DELANO, CA