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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Main Page

OVERVIEW

Physical therapy is a health profession that provides services to help individuals restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent disabilities. Physical therapy professionals work in a variety of settings from hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation units, home health, schools, and nursing homes. The Physical Therapist Assistant works under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist.

 

JOB OUTLOOK

Salaries for the PTA vary; according to the US Department of Labor states the average salary is between $34,000 and $42,000 annually. For more information on the job outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants, visit the US Department of Labor website at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos 167.htm .

 

NTCC PTA

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Northeast Texas Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Northeast Texas Community College offers a two year Associate Degree of Applied Science and upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the PTA licensure exam administered by Texas Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners. Graduates must be licensed to practice as a PTA in the state of Texas.



Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the licensing exam.

Please visit www.ecptote.state.tx.us for information regarding licensure of persons with history of criminal conviction/substance abuse.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. All applicants must meet general admission requirements to NTCC
  2. High School graduate or GED equivalent
  3. Demonstrate proficiency per THEA or ACCUPLACER
  4. Observation hours in the area of Physical Therapy
  5. HOBET results of 73% or better
  6. Complete submission of application and all required documentation

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Application and admission to the PTA program is a multiple phase process.
  • Phase 1: Evaluation and selection of candidates for interview based on point system. The top scoring applicants are invited to interview.
  • Phase 2: Applicant interviews with a panel of Admission Committee members made up of area licensed clinicians. The On-site writing assignment is also submitted in this phase.
  • Phase 3: Selection of the top 16 applicants and 8 alternate applicants

 

RETENTION, EMPLOYMENT, & LICENSURE RATES

Average retention rate of program students is 90%; Licensure rates over the past 3 years are 100% with all graduates employed within 6 months of graduation.
Any concerns or issues about the PTA Program, by individuals who are not students, should be directed to Dr. Nancy Wilson, PT, NTCC PTA Program Director

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS

All information sessions will be in the University Health Sciences Center, room #246.
October 8, 2014 4:30 PM
November 20, 2014 11:00 AM
January 15, 2015 10:00 AM
February 4, 2015 1:00 PM
March 17, 2015 9:00 AM



    
    
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is located in the University Health Sciences Center on the NTCC Main Campus.
For More Information Contact:
Dr. Nancy Wilson, PT
PTA Program Director
903-434-8323

Deanna Moody, MS, PT
Director of Clinical Education
903-434-8358

Julie Smith
Secretary for Allied Health
903-434-8124
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
P.O. Box 1307
Mount Pleasant, Texas 75456-1307
903-434-8124
Fax 903-434-4423


 
 
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This page last updated by N. Wilson on 11/12/2014

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