Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapist Assistant Programs
General Program Description
The PTA program spans a 21-month period, beginning in late August. Students must be able to make a full-time commitment to the program. Although students can be admitted immediately following high school graduation, most successful candidates have previous college experience. The mission of the program is to graduate physical therapist assistants who are prepared to pass the licensing examination and be employed in any health care setting as a part of the health care team. Commencement ceremonies are held in May following the second year of the program.
Clinical education is an important part of the physical therapist assistant program. By spending part of each semester in health care delivery settings, students have the opportunity to practice techniques learned in the laboratory. Clinical rotations begin in the second semester with five 1-day observation sessions followed by a 2-week summer practicum. A 3-week practicum occurs in the fall semester. Two 5-week rotations are completed in the spring semester of the second year prior to graduation. Clinical sites are situated throughout West Virginia.
There are two full-time faculty members. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:20.
Pierpont Community & Technical College shares a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, West Virginia, and a branch campus at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, with its partner institution Fairmont State University. With an enrollment of more than 2,800, Pierpont offers more than 50 associate degree programs, skill sets and certificates, as well as a variety of courses at more than 15 sites in North Central West Virginia, including our Braxton County Center in Sutton. Through its Center for Workforce Education in downtown Fairmont, Pierpont provides workforce training and community education for its 13-county region. Pierpont’s Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport offers programs in flight and aviation maintenance. We value scholarship, opportunity, achievement and responsibility. Visit www.pierpont.edu.
Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants are ranked according to ACT or SAT scores, grade point average (GPA), and grades in selected high school and/or college courses. Before being considered for placement in the program, the applicant must: be a graduate of an approved high school or have a GED; have a minimum GPA of 2.0; have a C or better in physics and algebra (1 high school credit or 1 semester of college); and have a score of 19 or above on the English section of the ACT or a score of 450 or above on the verbal portion of the SAT. Twenty students are admitted each year. 84% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
76% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Tuition, fees and financial aid
Tuition for the 2011 academic year is approximately $1,800 per semester for West Virginia residents and $ 4,450 for nonresidents. Books and equipment expenses are approximately $550 per semester. Residence hall room and board is approximately $ 3,800 per semester. Financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment is available to worthy students who need assistance in meeting their college expenses. All funds are administered by the financial aid officer with approval of the Financial Aid Committee.
Established in 1974, Pierpont Community & Technical College provides flexible scheduling in multiple locations in North Central West Virginia and online to accommodate non-traditional students. In two years or less, students can have the training they need for a new career. By sharing a main campus in Fairmont with Fairmont State University, Pierpont gives its students the opportunity to participate in cultural and academic events that are not available at other community colleges. Fairmont is close to outdoor adventure locations and within a short drive of larger cities such as Morgantown and Pittsburgh. The area offers a wealth of outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting and fishing.
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