Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works with patients under the direction of a licensed physical therapist and implements therapeutic programs which could include the application of physical agents (such as heat, cold, water, electricity) as well as massage, exercise, and functional activities. The PTA also observes the patients during treatment and reports progress to the physical therapist.

Physical therapy patients are those who have not developed or have lost the ability to carry out everyday life skills due to disability, accident, injury, or illness. The goal of physical therapy is to assist patients in learning and improving life skills such as walking and moving about with braces, artificial limbs, and other assistive devices.

Degree and Certificate Programs

The Kapi‘olani CC Physical Therapist Assistant program offers an associate in science (AS).

  • Associate in Science – Physical Therapist Assistant (72 credits)

Licensure / Practice

A graduate of the program is allowed to practice as a PTA in Hawai‘i and is eligible to take the examination for a license in states that require a PTA to be licensed.

Qualities Needed

Aptitudes and interests that may be helpful include a desire to make a difference in people’s lives, interest in science and technology, compassion, sensitivity, problem-solving and communication skills, and the ability to follow instructions.