Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Michigan

Residents of the Great Lakes State currently have the choice of 11 physical therapy assistant schools in Michigan that offer accredited training programs. These schools are spread across the state, from the shores of Portage Lake in the north, to the Detroit area further south.

Most of these schools are public institutions, with the exception of Finlandia University, and the three campuses of Baker College will offer a PTA program in Allen Park, Flint, and Muskegon. These colleges confer an Associate’s degree on successful graduates, which allows them to proceed to the application for licensure which is now compulsory for all those who wish to practice as a physical therapy assistant in the state of Michigan.

What Curriculum Do Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Michigan Offer?

It should be noted that the training curriculum in physical therapist assistant schools in Michigan or any other state is separate and distinct from programs training physical therapists. Few colleges offer any sort of bridging program between the two, as the pathway to an Associate’s degree for a PTA student is very different from the postgraduate masters or doctorate degrees required for PTs.

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Michigan

In general, physical therapy assistant schools in Michigan have a curriculum which comprises general education subjects and core professional modules. Each school may organize its curriculum differently, depending on whether it offers an accelerated track alongside regular schedule of classes. There is usually a logical progression in the sequence of technical components, with students being required to pass one element successfully in order to move on to the next.

PTA related classes may include topics such as the following:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Physical Agents
  • Clinical Neuroanatomy
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  • Neuro-Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Clinical Experiences
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Michigan

Classes such as these are designed to deliver the necessary training to allow professional physical therapy assistants to work under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist, administering treatments as employee agents such as heat and cold, light and sound, massage, manual therapy, aquatics, therapeutic exercises, and rehabilitation techniques.

Trained and licensed PTAs can be found working in a wide variety of settings that include private and specialty clinics, acute care hospitals and nursing homes, outpatient centres, rehabilitation facilities, sports and fitness centers, schools, private businesses and industrial locations.

Accredited PTA Programs in Michigan

Here’s a brief overview of the physical therapy assistant schools in Michigan offering accredited programs:

Baker College of Allen Park
4500 Enterprise Drive
Allen Park, MI 48101

The Allen Park campus – sometimes known as the “Downriver” campus — of Baker College was opened in September 2003, and is the newest campus in the Baker system. The program begins in the fall, and applicants need to have taken pre-requisite courses that include Essential Maths Concepts, English, Pre-Algebra, College Reading, and Keyboarding.

Contact: David W Perry, Program Chair
Phone: 313-425-3700

Baker College of Flint
1050 West Bristol Road
Flint, MI 48507-5508

This is the flagship campus of Baker College.

Contact: Kevin Eikey, Associate Dean
Phone: 810-766-4193

Baker College of Muskegon
1903 Marquette Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49442

The Muskegon campus of Baker is located in Western Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan, with many leisure and recreation facilities such as boating hiking and camping. It offers a full-time program, with a May 15 application deadline, or an extended program, with a November 1 application deadline.

Contact: Peter A Schaub, Director/Department Chair
Phone: 231-777-8800

Delta College
6263 Mackinaw Road, P-172
Bay City, MI 48710-0001

Applicants to Delta College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program now needs to have completed 40 hours of observation to be eligible to apply. The main course sequence begins in the fall of each year, and a minimum grade C is required in each technical component. PTA courses are available in the day and evening schedules and must be taken in the prescribed sequence.

Contact: A Michael Spitz, Professor, PTA Program Coordinator
Phone: 989-686-9478

Finlandia University
PTA Department
601 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930-1882

Finlandia University dates back to 1896, and has connections with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its PTA program is offered in a two or a three-year schedule.

Contact: Cameron T Williams, Program Director
Phone: (906) 487-7308

Henry Ford Community College
5101 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128

Henry Ford Community College was established in 1938 and offers a range of two-year courses with approximately 14,000 students on its roll.

Contact: Cynthia M Scheuer, Program Director
Phone: 313-317-6575

Kellogg Community College
450 North Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Kellogg dates from 1956, and offers two-year courses for a variety of academic, vocational, and general education needs. The college has a Physical Therapist Assistant Club, which aims to complement education for students, sponsor community service, and promote awareness of physical therapy in community and campus activities.

Contact: Julie A Roberts, Program Coordinator
Phone: 269-965-3931 ext 2270

Macomb Community College
44575 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038-1139

Macomb operates a selective entry policy for admission, to handle the numbers of candidates applying for the program and to assess students’ competencies for the technical and skilled nature of the course.

Contact: Carol G Plisner, Program Coordinator
Phone: 586-286-2074

Mid Michigan Community College
Doan Center
2600 S Summerton
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

Mid Michigan Community College was established in 1965. Candidates interested in applying for the PTA course must view an Information Meeting online and take a quiz. 20 students are admitted to the program each year for admission in the fall.

Contact: Amanda Wismer, Director
Phone: 989-317-4609

Mott Community College
Southern Lakes Branch Campus
2100 W Thompson Road
Fenton, MI 48430

Mott Community College dates back to 1923 and has approximately 10,500 undergraduate students. It admits 24 students to the program each year, and interested candidates should visit the website to find out more about the requirements for being placed on the PTA Eligibility List.

Contact: Rebecca Myszenski
Phone: 810-762-5021

Washtenaw Community College
Occupational Education Building, Room 102
4800 East Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-9394

Established in 1965, Washtenaw has over 13,000 students. Students applying to the PTA program need to have completed at least 20 hours of observation or volunteer work in at least three types of physical therapy settings — a minimum of three hours in each.

Contact: Patricia Hill, Program Director
Phone: 734-477-8918

Licensure for Graduates of PTA Schools in Michigan

Since 2009, graduating students from physical therapy assistant schools in Michigan have had to be licensed before they can work. Licensing is managed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), where you can find out more information about the three dates available each year for the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs, and the deadlines for registration.

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