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I am currently thinking to become a PTA. I have some questions. Whats the difference between a PTA and a COTA? I was wondering how much it would cost to get the certificate and the degree? I know it takes two years. You have to chose the state you want to get certified its not transferable? Whats a typical day of a PTA? Looking forward to any replies. I am 35 year old male from the East coast of America and I am now in good shape. Just lost 60 pounds in 8 months!!

Stephani in Snoqualmie, Washington

78 months ago

ian oneil in Kawasaki, Japan said: I am currently thinking to become a PTA. I have some questions. Whats the difference between a PTA and a COTA? I was wondering how much it would cost to get the certificate and the degree? I know it takes two years. You have to chose the state you want to get certified its not transferable? Whats a typical day of a PTA? Looking forward to any replies. I am 35 year old male from the East coast of America and I am now in good shape. Just lost 60 pounds in 8 months.

First, congrats on losing 60 pounds. That's awesome! I am not a PTA yet, but have done a lot of research in the past few months and plan to go PTA once we can afford for me to quit my job for school. Here are my answers to your questions as I have learned through my research. I would highly recommend walking into some clinics, calling care facilities. and hospitals and asking PTA's first hand. also ask some PT's what qualities they look for in PTA's.

1. PTA vs. COTA: COTA's become more involved in the therapy and recovery from a broader scope. For example, a COTA might help someone learn how to dress, brush their teeth, move independently again, etc. Patients might be elderly, recovering from a stroke, special needs children. etc. My son actually saw an OT for a short time when dealing with some infant delays with gross motor skills. A PTA will be more involved in the recovery from an injury, outpatient sports

therapy, recovering from surgical procedures, etc. The list is very long for both, actually. Do a search in the forums for COTA or PTA and you should find many threads about both.

2. Cost: That will differ significantly by school and region. I'm in Washington state and the Community College programs are 2 years and anywhere from 7,500 to 12,000 not counting prerequisites. Keep in mind you'll also have lab fees and insurance fees. and I think some programs require a background check that is a cost as well.

Stephani in Snoqualmie, Washington

78 months ago

ian oneil in Kawasaki, Japan said: I am currently thinking to become a PTA. I have some questions. Whats the difference between a PTA and a COTA? I was wondering how much it would cost to get the certificate and the degree? I know it takes two years. You have to chose the state you want to get certified its not transferable? Whats a typical day of a PTA? Looking forward to any replies. I am 35 year old male from the East coast of America and I am now in good shape. Just lost 60 pounds in 8 months.

I can't answer the "typical day of a PTA" part, but from the 2 locations I've shadowed (and my own PT experience as a patient) indicates that the PT evaluates and organizes the treatment plan. The PTA then builds the one on one relationship with the patient and tracks their progress. During my shadow at a clinic, the PTA had 2 patients at the same time in different phases of treatment. One, she was doing stim and heat/ice while the other was doing exercises. She asked questions and basically carried on chat conversations, all the while making notes. I LOVED the vibe. The other place I shadowed was a SNF and the man I was with spent most of his time with one patient, a woman with acute arthritis, go through range of motion exercises in her arms and legs. It was harder for me to tell the difference between what he did and what a COTA might do. I have not been in a hospital. but hope to shadow there as well before starting the program.

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