This program prepares students to pass the national licensure exam and work under the direction of a physical therapist as a licensed physical therapist assistant.

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Stretch Your Mind

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a health care professional who works directly under the supervision of a Physical Therapist (PT). A PTA does not evaluate a patient, but is directly involved in patient care. A PTA helps patients follow the plan of care prescribed by the supervising PT. PTAs are trained in most of the therapeutic strategies that are current in the field. PTAs can specialize over time in developing specific rehabilitation skills. PTAs are valued for their great interpersonal and hands-on skills that allow them to assist patients reach their functional goals.

The PTA program at BYU-Idaho is something special. It is filled with professors who not only create a great learning environment, but also care deeply about your success as a student and as an individual. The program’s courses and clinicals are developed in a way that you can confidently sit for the NPTE and excel in your career.

Bethany D.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Architectural Technology, have rewarding careers before them in level drafting and BIM modeling positions. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Rehabilitation Center

Focus on helping patients recover from a serious injury or surgery with intense therapy to allow them to care for themselves and return home safely.

Sports Training Facility

Help athletes develop exercise routines to improve strength, mobility, and range of motion following an injury.

Skilled Nursing Facility

Focus on elderly patients who cannot adequately care for themselves. PTAs assist patients in strengthening coordination and improving weakness.

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All degree-related careers can be found in I-Plan, along with related salary information.

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Getting started in this degree

If you want to get a taste for Architectural Technology, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:

  • PTA 100 - Introduction to PTA
  • PTA105 - Therapeutic Procedures I

For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.


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