Gateway Technical College- Physical Therapist Assistant

Teacher: Because your hamstrings do need flexion Narrator: Gateway Technical College’s
Physical Therapist Assistant Program is your pathway to a rewarding career
helping patients with injuries or debilitating diseases become
more functionally independent. And then reciprocal is going to be
this way. Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a program offered on the Kenosha
campus. It is a two-year associate’s degree, and most of our students can either go
on a full-time or part-time basis. So about half our students are full-time, half are part-time. It involves probably a split of lecture and lab classes. In the lab
classes, we try to do as much umm real-world experience, real
patient scenarios, so that our students can have an idea
what it’s like actually treat patients out in the workforce. How a typical class runs is we have a lecture portion of the class. We learn all the
basics and specifics behind the theory, and then we try to directly
correlate that the labs so that what you learn in
lecture you can see how it fits into treating a real patient. I really like learning about the body, so I like when we’re learning about disorders and
pathologies on the body, but I also like learning the therapeutic exercise that necessary to correct those disorders. In the first semester of student classes, they’re on campus and it’s all in the classrooms. We have
combination lecture/lab in the classroom. The second semester, the student gets assigned to a clinical setting where they spend twelve hours a week in the clinical with a licensed PT or PTA, and then in the third semester they
spend sixteen hours a week. And in your final semester, you’re actually
on clinicals for forty hour full-time week for eight weeks. Narrator: Students wishing to pursue
a bachelor’s degree can take advantage of Gateway’s articulation agreement with UW Parkside. We actually have an articulation agreement with Parkside where they go to Parkside for their
initial year of study, then they come to Gateway for their
second and third year for the associate’s degree and then the final year they go back to Parkside to finish up the coursework, and they end up
graduating with their associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. And they can be licensed and work in that, and they also graduate with the bachelor’s in Applied
Health Science. Go and hook line, and let’s put the band around like his knees here. So in this program the instructors really try to give our
students as much hands-on experience as possible. We want
them to be able to learn the skills in the, in the classroom setting and
then try to apply those to as many situations as they can. This will
ultimately help you be prepared when you go out into the workforce. The information that we go through is
very fast pace, but we get practical application for everything that we learn. And you really see that, what you’re
going to be doing in the workforce. Narrator: Labs will teach students how to use
equipment and techniques that are used with real patients. Teacher: So we try to give our students as much exposure to treatment
options as possible. We’ve also had
equipment brought in to show students if we don’t actually
have it in our, in our facility so that they can have an opportunity
to learn all those. Student: All the devices that we would use to help, you know, increase a person’s range of
motion, or strength or proprioception, their balance umm, and I work part time as a rehab aid in a clinic and we don’t even
have all the devices that we have to practice on
here. So I feel like I’m being really well prepared for what
I will find in the workforce. A Physical Therapist Assistant is a
job that’s in very high demand. You can work in a
variety of settings. You can work in outpatient or sports medicine settings, in a hospital, in inpatient, nursing homes. There’s a lot of workplaces or industrial
therapy that happens as well as pediatrics. We work with people of any age.
There’s a lot of opportunities and a lot of flexibility in the job
market. When I graduate I’m looking forward to being a
therapist in a clinic and providing treatment to
patients. So I’ll be hired as a Physical
Therapist Assistant, and I wouldn’t be involved in the
diagnosis or evaluation of that patient, but I would be able to provide the
treatment to that patient.

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