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Physical Therapist Assistant: Internships and CareersPhysical Therapist Assistant: Internships and Careers

Physical Therapist Assistant: Internships and Careers


As a student, you are required to take 12 credit hours of a clinical internship. The internship provides you with the opportunities to perform your responsibilities under appropriate physical therapist or physical therapist assistant supervision and with positive role modeling. The experience provides exposure to a variety of patients and learning activities. Note that all of your coursework must be completed-with the exception of PTA 200-before you can begin the internship.

Career Opportunities

The aging of the baby boomer generation has created many new opportunities in physical therapy. Pennsylvania has the nation's second oldest population, with 15% of all Pennsylvanians over the age of 65.

According to Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry, the need for physical therapist assistants (PTAs) is expected to increase 15% through the year 2014. PTAs provide therapy services under the supervision and direction of a physical therapist (PT). They assist with data collection; implement delegated patient interventions; make appropriate clinical judgments; modify interventions within the PT's established plan of care; participate in discharge planning and follow-up care; document the care provided; educate and interact with PT and PTA students, aides, volunteers, patients, families, and caregivers; and demonstrate an understanding of the significance and impact of cultural and individual differences.  

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of the Career and Professional Development Center, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits. 

Where Our Graduates Are Working

  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Bradley Physical Therapy
  • Care Ventures
  • Center for Rehab Services
  • Clearfield Hospital
  • Greene County Memorial Hospital
  • Keystone Rehabilitation
  • LSPE
  • Manning Physical Therapy
  • MediCorp Health Systems
  • Mount Macrina Manor
  • Orthopedic & Sports Therapy Associates
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Presbyterian Senior Care
  • Resletcx Staffing
  • Spradley Physical Therapy
  • The Waters Edge
  • UPMC
  • Washington Capitals