Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapist Assistant Programs
General Program Description
The PTA program is a 1 + 1 format designed to facilitate problem-solving, critical thinking and group interaction. Through selective admission, the program accepts students into the second year after the prerequisite courses have been sucessfully completed. This year consists of the technical education courses to include a comprehensive curriculum in adult, orthopedic, pediatric and spinal cord rehabilitation. Students begin class in mid June and finish in mid July of the following year. Upon successfull completion of the degree requirements, students are eligible to sit for the national licensing examination.
Each student is required to successfully complete three clinical experiences for a total of 720 hours of full-time clinical education. The first clinical experience is 4 weeks long and occurs at the end of the fall semester of the second year. The third and fourth clinicals are terminal, consecutive experiences, each 7 weeks in duration. Clinical sites range throughout the region and promote learning experiences that include acute care, pediatric, outpatient, long term care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. The costs of clinical education to include travel, housing and incidentals are the responsibility of the student. Students should also be aware that they will be required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening prior to clinical placement. A clinical education scholarship is available and awarded on a selective basis. Potential applicants may contact the program for additional information.
There are two full-time and three adjunct faculty members. The faculty consists of both PT and PTA members which serve to promote professional interaction and role delineation. All faculty members are actively engaged in clinical practice and participate in professional development activities to promote teaching and practice currency. The faculty to student ratio in the laboratory is typically no greater than 1:12
The PTA program accepts up to 24 students, one time per year, each May.
To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have completed the first year of general prerequisite courses prior to the beginning of the technical phase of the PTA program. The applicant must submit an application packet and official transcripts for all college level course work completed. The applicant must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to apply to the program with a C or better in each prerequisite course. Applicants are further evaluated through a Health Occupations Aptitude Exam and personal interview (as warranted). The top 24 applicants are admitted into the program with the remaining, qualified applicants to be placed on a ranked alternate list. Application packets are available beginning November 15th from the Division Office. The application deadline is March 15. Admissions information is available at 304-710–3513.
Program outcomes are based upon the latest 3-year average (2011-2013): 78% of students admitted to the program graduate 89% of students from the program pass the national licensure examination 90% of graduates were employed within six months of completing the national licensing exam
Tuition, fees and financial aid
Tuition was approximately $4,334 (in-state) for the 2013-14 academic year. Books, professional fees, and equipment expenses were approximately $1,500. Financial aid information is available through the Financial Aid Office at 304-710-3370.
Please contact the MCTC Advising Center at 304-710-3365 for information regarding activities and facilities available to students.
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