Struggling in PTA school

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kkb5072 in Reading, Pennsylvania

95 months ago

I'm a second year pta student in pennsylvania. I've had to spread out the program by another year because it is so demanding. I'm worried about the work load, not being able to graduate, having to take a semester off because of the program set up etc. Has anyone else felt like this or had to spread out their program because of the work load? These classes are so technical and to try and focus on all of them is impossible. I've gone to my teachers several times and there is no tutoring available. You're basically on your own. Just wondering if I'm the only one and if you have any words of encouragement.

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aphex in Falls Church, Virginia

95 months ago

Hi there,
I'm a 1st year PTA student and I exactly feel what you are saying. You are on your own. It's a very tough and demanding program and I have study all the time. I have no life, but I have to do it for my future. I quit my job and I took loans and I have no other option but to graduate and get my PTA license. My advice to you is to study harder, try to reduce work hours or even quit your job, and definitely try to pair with some smart students who know what they are doing. It's always great to make friends in this program as you will absolutely need them sometime during the program.

Good luck and keep holding on.

~Ashraf

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davidt in Berwyn, Illinois

95 months ago

Im working with a 1st PTA student right now at my facility and we are constantly helping her and teaching her things she didnt quite get or understand at school and she is doing amazing in the course. I personally taught her all the transfers and she aced one of her practical exams because of me lol..I suggest you try to find a Physical Therapy Aide/Tech job and get help that way..

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Koojah Herper in Dallas, Texas

93 months ago

kkb5072 in Reading, Pennsylvania said: I'm a second year pta student in pennsylvania. I've had to spread out the program by another year because it is so demanding. I'm worried about the work load, not being able to graduate, having to take a semester off because of the program set up etc. Has anyone else felt like this or had to spread out their program because of the work load? These classes are so technical and to try and focus on all of them is impossible. I've gone to my teachers several times and there is no tutoring available. You're basically on your own. Just wondering if I'm the only one and if you have any words of encouragement.

Try and get a good support system at home first. Then at school seek out a group system of study buddies. These two might assist you. Good luck.

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Summer in Martinsburg, West Virginia

58 months ago

kkb5072 in Reading, Pennsylvania said: I'm a second year pta student in pennsylvania. I've had to spread out the program by another year because it is so demanding. I'm worried about the work load, not being able to graduate, having to take a semester off because of the program set up etc. Has anyone else felt like this or had to spread out their program because of the work load? These classes are so technical and to try and focus on all of them is impossible. I've gone to my teachers several times and there is no tutoring available. You're basically on your own. Just wondering if I'm the only one and if you have any words of encouragement.

I think the most importaint fact you state is their is NO tutoring for these types of classes. I had to take kinesiology twice because I could not understand it from a book, and it's extremely difficult to find a kinesiology tutor. If this is what you really want to do don't give up. Working as an aide is great idea. The pay is low but you are also learning at work.

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RHJ in Howell, New Jersey

30 months ago

kkb5072 in Reading, Pennsylvania said: I'm a second year pta student in pennsylvania. I've had to spread out the program by another year because it is so demanding. I'm worried about the work load, not being able to graduate, having to take a semester off because of the program set up etc. Has anyone else felt like this or had to spread out their program because of the work load? These classes are so technical and to try and focus on all of them is impossible. I've gone to my teachers several times and there is no tutoring available. You're basically on your own. Just wondering if I'm the only one and if you have any words of encouragement.

How did things work out?

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Darlene Kent, WA in Seattle, Washington

30 months ago

The work load in school does not even compare to the work load in the "real" world. If you are unable to handle the work load of a 2 year program, how are going to manage patients & don't forget your boss-many don't care about you as a person-they are thinking of the bottom line-reimbursement monies. Give it a lot of thought about this career, you will not get what you put into it at all!!!

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ptaintraining in Florida

30 months ago

Posts like this are a bit disheartening. I'm having trouble getting people to talk to me about getting into the program because i have some misdemeaners 8 years ago. Then i come here and there is someone complaining about the coursework. In 2 minutes after reading this i searched kinesiology into youtube and tons of video's come up. Then i google it and tons of books and info come up for it. Before i even get into the program i will have reviewed all this stuff since i know kinesiology is one of the courses students find very difficult. I think if you want to do something you can do it. If you don't really want it and are just in it for the money then you come on a forum like this and complain you can't understand it. No ability to get help from the teachers or a tutor? That seems a bit harsh, but there are other ways to figure it out. If i can find all this stuff in 2 minutes i'm sure you can do this.

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bigchevydude in Springfield, Illinois

29 months ago

PTA programs are very intense. I know I couldn't do it unless i was 100% dedicated, but that's just how I work with things. I quit my 50+ hour a week job and for the only time in my life I didn't have a job since I was able to work. I was at school for about 50 hours a week probably, sometimes more. I'd be there until 9-10 at night sometimes prepping for stuff. Make good friends get into study groups stay extra in lab and talk stuff out with students and just make your entire life passing the program. That's what I had to do and I'm not stupid or anything lol

You can try reading all your books/buying other texts online and reading those on your own before you cover the material and lots of other things to help

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Relentless in Marietta, Georgia

29 months ago

Does it matter what PTA school you attend. I'm seeing the different schools are all accredited by different associations

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