Online Associate Degrees in Physical Therapy

An online associate degree in physical therapy program may provide students with the skills and training needed to assist physical therapists with patients. Students enrolled in these two-year programs may learn how to help patients participate in specific exercises, use stretching and massage to treat patients, and educate patients and family members about what to do post-treatment. Coursework within these programs may include a handful of general education requirements along with electives and major-specific courses, such as anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and musculoskeletal disorders.

Graduates may either pursue entry-level employment or further their education and enroll in baccalaureate degree programs in physical therapy. Associate-level graduates may find employment opportunities in areas including hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient facilities.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 46% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within an online associate-level program in physical therapy may combine several general education requirements along with electives and major-specific courses. In these two-year programs, students may learn how to promote health and wellness to those with disabilities, use critical thinking skills to address physical therapy needs, and demonstrate sensitivity at physical therapy sessions. Core physical therapy courses may include the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Intro to Physical Therapy
  • Neuromuscular Physical Therapy
  • Clinical Education
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neuroanatomy and Functional Rehabilitation

Career Options

Graduates of online associate degree programs in physical therapy may find careers in private offices and clinics, outpatient facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those pursuing a career in physical therapy are expected to increase by 46% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Aide
  • Nursing Aide
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician

Continuing Education

Graduates of online associate-level programs in physical therapy may opt to further their education and enroll in an online bachelor’s degree program in physical therapy. In these four-year programs, students may gain additional training and skills in physical therapy as well as learn more about health promotion and disease prevention. Employers may prefer to hire physical therapist assistants who have at least an associate degree. Additionally, most states require physical therapist assistants to have licensure.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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