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About the Profession

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical or health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.  Physical therapists must obtain a doctorate degree.  Learn more about the role of the physical therapist.

There are 2 Physical Therapy Programs in Kentucky.

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Each PT may supervise up to four PTAs in Kentucky.  PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs must currently complete a 2-year associate's degree and are licensed, certified, or registered in most states. Learn more about the physical therapist assistant profession.

There are 5 Physical Therapist Assistant Programs in Kentucky.

There are several organizations that have an impact upon the profession and upon programs.  These include:


Are you interested in attending college, but unsure which career is best for you? The Education Cabinet has produced the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2014 to help you learn more about a number of careers, including physical therapist assistant.