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State Review: Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Indiana


physical therapy assistant schools in IndianaThere currently are 9 physical therapy assistant schools in Indiana where students can actively pursue education to work as a PTA. The 9 colleges are all accredited with The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education(CAPTE), the most recognized accreditation for a physical therapist assistant to receive. Graduating from physical therapy schools that are CAPTE accredited gives graduates the greatest career flexibility. This flexibility is in the form of eligibility to write state license exams, whether you choose to work in Indiana, or do a job search outside of the state.

To become a physical therapist assistant, you must first graduate with an associate degree as a physical therapy assistant. This will take 2 years to complete full time. Like any medical assistant career whether it be a similar career such as an occupational therapy assistant or nursing, a physical therapy assistant student benefits from hands on training. A clinical portion is part of the academic curriculum for all accredited physical therapy assistant degree programs. This is where students can apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a real world setting. Students will work under the guidance of licensed physical therapists, and will assist with treatment and massage therapy of patients. The clinical portion is an excellent benefit for those interested in this medical assisting career. All physical therapy assistant schools in Indiana will have comprehensive clinical placements as part of the course load, it is best to contact to the individual schools of interest to find out how the clinical portion will be delivered. This can be delivered in 1 or 2 days a week throughout the academic year, or intensive month long, full time blocks. Students should budget between $10 000 to $15 000 for tuition for the 2 years of study in Indiana depending on the school of choice. It is also important to note that for those not working, considering cost of living arrangements is also a necessity when figuring the total costs to study for 2 years full time.

Indiana has a population of roughly 6.4 million individuals, of that an estimated 1680 work in the state as physical therapy assistants. The career as whole is set to grow by about 30% by the year 2018, and Indiana should see growth in this sector of employment. The average physical therapist assistant salary in Indiana is $51 100 as of 2010 statistics. This is above the national average by around $2000 per year. Below we have compiled a list of physical therapy assistant schools in Indiana with contact information.

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Indiana Directory

Brown Mackie College – Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN
Phone: (260) 484-4400
Web Address: http://www.brownmackie.edu
Program E-mail: dashley@brownmackie.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Daniel E Ashley, PT, MHS
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate of Applied Science

Brown Mackie College – South Bend

South Bend, IN
Phone: (574) 237-0774
Web Address: http://www.brownmackie.edu
Program E-mail: krchase@brownmackie.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Kristine Chase, PT, MPT, PCS
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate of Applied Science

Ivy Tech Community College Northwest

Gary, IN
Phone: (219) 981-1111
Web Address: http://gary.ivytech.edu/folders/academics/pta/pta.html
Program E-mail: dsinickimeves@ivytech.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dawn D Bancsi, MPT
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate of Science

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana- East Central

Muncie, IN
Phone: (765) 289-2291
Web Address: http://www.ivytech.edu/Muncie/health.htm
Program E-mail: mwise@ivytech.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Mark A Wise, PT, MA
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate of Science

University of Evansville

Evansville, IN
Phone: (812) 488-2345
Web Address: http://www.evansville.edu
Program E-mail: bh38@evansville.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Barbara Hahn, PT, MA
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate of Science

University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN
Phone: (317) 788-3500
Web Address: http://pt.uindy.edu/pta/
Program E-mail: lbiggers@uindy.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Linda Biggers, PT, MHS, CLT
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate of Science

University of Saint Francis

Fort Wayne, IN
Phone: (260) 434-7662
Web Address: http://www.sf.edu/healthscience/pta
Program E-mail: mksolon@sf.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Mary K Solon, PT, MS
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate of Science

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN
Phone: (812) 888-4416
Web Address: http://www.vinu.edu/
Program E-mail: ngraves@vinu.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Natalie P Graves, PT, DPT
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate of Science