Labs, classes, clinical work and internships will provide hands-on training for Physical Therapist Assistant students at Gateway. Labs will teach students how to use equipment and techniques that are used with real patients. Students practice these techniques with classmates, to gain confidence and competency in their skills. Many classes will include actual patients with specific conditions that volunteer to come to lab giving students practical, real-life experience. Gateway’s lab is equipped with the latest in physical therapy treatment devices, including: ultrasound, iontophoresis, TENS units, neuromuscular electrical stimulation units, whirlpools for hydrotherapy, traction devices, exercise equipment and assistive devices like crutches, canes and walkers, for gait training. Lab experiences will help students as they progress to their clinical rotations, where they will work under the supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist aide, treating patients. Initially, students will observe their clinical instructor and will progress to hands-on patient care as appropriate. By the end of the final full-time clinical rotation, students are expected to be independently providing care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.