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Physical Therapist Assistant Program at San Diego Mesa College (Mesa)

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  • FAFSA School Code: 001275
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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The physical therapist assistants degree program at San Diego Mesa College offers students supervised instruction in training patients and implementing physical therapy as how to conduct treatment interventions and use equipment while observing and recording patient progress. Graduate students of the PTA degree program will successfully assist physical therapists through knowledge and studies in subjects like basic neurology and orthopedics, wound and injury care, electrotherapy, and working with orthotics and prostheses. Get more details below including other California colleges that offer physical therapist assistant program.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mesa is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education for more than 43 years.

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Students Enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. San Diego Mesa College offers an associate's degree program in physical therapist assistant.

Students by Gender (2010-2011)

 Graduates
Male7
Female6

Students by Race (2010-2011)

 Graduates
American Indian1
Asian2
Black1
Hispanic1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders1
White4
Unknown3

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mesa, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Description:

    Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Description:

    Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, physical therapist assistants employment is expected to grow at a rate of 45.7% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
      • Total Employment: 390
      • Average Hourly Rate: $24.79
      • Average Annual Salary: $51,560

Physical Therapist Aides

  • Description:

    Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, physical therapist aides employment is expected to grow at a rate of 43.1% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
      • Total Employment: 450
      • Average Hourly Rate: $11.63
      • Average Annual Salary: $24,180

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Physical Therapist Assistant Programs in California

Physical Therapist Assistant programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA
Type: 4-Year Private College

41 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (A)
  • Radiologist Assistant (A)
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Cerritos College

Norwalk, CA
Type: Community College

26 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Medical Assistant (A)
  • Pharmacy Technician (A)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (A)
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Ohlone College

Fremont, CA
Type: Community College

17 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (A)
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Sacramento City College

Sacramento, CA
Type: Community College

30 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (A)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (A)