Health Science

PTAPhysical Therapist Assistant - Associate in Applied Science

The A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant degree prepares students to implement physical therapy treatment procedures under the supervision of licensed Physical Therapists. As an assistant to a physical therapist, you will help patients recovering from debilitating illness, amputation, surgery, or accident to improve mobility, restore physical function, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities.

HGTC's Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited. For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

Credit Requirements: 73 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

On a typical day, a physical therapist assistant will perform components of a variety of treatment procedures, including:
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Traction
  • Ultrasound
  • Clerical and record-keeping duties

Employment opportunities can be found in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Outpatient offices
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Schools
  • Home health agencies
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment resources.

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