If a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) strongly appeals to you then there could be no better time to pursue your dreams.
In order to become a Physcial Therapist Assistant in Arkansas you must have graduated from an accredited school.
How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Arkansas
1. Graduate from a CAPTE Accredited Pnysical Therapy Assistant Program
2. Apply for your Arkansas PTA License
3. Complete National and State Examinations
4. Arkansas Physical Therapy Assistant Salaries and Employment
5. Ongoing Professional Development and Licensing Requirements
6. Explore Related Career Options
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Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Programs in Arkansas
|Arkansas State University||Arkansas||Accreditation||Fall 2022|
|Harding University||Harding||Accreditation||Fall 2018|
|University of Central Arkansas||Central Arkansas||Accreditation||Fall 2024|
Arkansas Physical Therapy Assistant Licensing Requirements
Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Arkansas law that you obtain a license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Arkansas.The Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy regulates the licensing of Physical Therapist Assistants in Arkansas. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:
Address: 9 Shackleford Plaza Suite 3, Little Rock, AR 72211
Phone: (501) 228-7100
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Physical Therapy Assistant Salary and Employment in Arkansas
The average Physical Therapy Assistant salary in Arkansas is $52,030 which is almost 6% less than the national average. The average hourly wage is $25.02.
In 2015 there where 990 persons employed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the State. Texas is the highest paying State for Physical Therapist Assistants in the USA.
The table below illustrates key employment and salary data for PTA’s in the main metro and city areas in Arkansas;
|Area||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area||60||$30.77||$64,010.00|
|Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR||300||$27.12||$56,410.00|
|Fort Smith, AR-OK||90||$25.95||$53,980.00|
|East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area||100||$23.54||$48,970.00|
|West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area||70||$23.26||$48,390.00|
|North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area||80||$22.53||$46,870.00|
Related Healthcare Careers
Physical Therapy Assistants fair very well by comparison to similar careers such as Occupational Therapy Assistants, Massage Therapists and Home Health Aides in terms of average salaries, from entry level to well experienced – achieving one of the highest average salary levels. Additionally in terms of employment figures and growth it has been flagged as one of the top 5 fastest growing careers in healthcare by the Bureau For Labor Statistics (BLS).
The table below illustrates key data for similar healthcare careers in Arkansas;
|Career||Number Employed||Hourly Wage||Salary|
|Home Health Aides||7040||$9.05||$18,830.00|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||200||$31.41||$65,340.00|
Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2017. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians.
Area: 53,180 sq mi