Physical Therapist Assistant Program Main Page
Physical Therapy is a health profession that provides services to help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Their primary purpose is restoring, maintaining and improving the quality of life and health of those with injury or dysfunction. Their patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and cerebral palsy. Tools such as physical agents (i.e., heat, cold, ultrasound, traction, and electrical stimulation), gait training, massage, and various forms of exercise are used. Physical therapy professionals work in a variety of settings from hospitals, private clinics, rehab units, home health, schools, and nursing homes. Physical Therapist Assistants work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. Their job tasks involve carrying out treatment programs according to the plan of care set by the Physical Therapist. This may include training patients in exercises and activities of daily living, or conducting treatments with special equipment (electrical stimulation, paraffin baths, hot and cold packs, traction, and ultrasound). Physical Therapist Assistants document the patient's responses to treatment and report the outcome of each treatment to the Physical Therapist.
The Northeast Texas Community College PTA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia; telephone: 703-706-3625; email: email@example.com; 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 apply and sit for the PTA licensing exam administered by the state of Texas Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners. Graduates must pass the state board exam to practice as a PTA in the state of Texas. Salaries for PTA's vary but in East Texas the average salary is between $34,000 - 42,000 annually. The national average is approximately $38,000 annually. The US Department of Labor states the employment outlook of Physical Therapist Assistants is expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2012. For more information on Physical Therapy you may contact the American Physical Therapy Association at 1-800-999-APTA or visit the web site at http://www.apta.org. If you would like more information on the job outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants you may visit the US Department of Labor web site at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos167.htm
PTA Information Sessions: (Optional)
Program Admission Requirements
1. All applicants must meet general admission requirements to NTCC.
2. High school graduate or GED equivalent.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in state-mandated general knowledge content through approved means (Texas Higher Education Assessment/THEA; ACCUPLACER)
4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all transfer courses and/or courses completed at NTCC.
5. Minimum of 60 hours of observation under the supervision of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant in at least 3 different areas of PT (20 hours in each area)
6. Submit a complete PTA Program application packet. Applications accepted January 1 - March 31, 2013.
7. HOBET (Health Occupations Beginning Entrance Test) results
Licensure of Persons with history of Criminal Conviction/Substance Abuse
*According to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners PT Rules 343.5 the Board may deny a license to or discipline an applicant/respondent who has been found to have a history of substance abuse.
*According to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners PT Rules 343.9 the Board may revoke or suspend an existing valid license, disqualify a person from receiving or renewing a license or deny to a person the opportunity to be examined for a license because of a person's conviction of a felony or misdemeanor if the crime directly relates to the practice of physical therapy.
Prospective PTA students/applicants who have a conviction or felony or misdemeanor must now complete the Criminal History Evaluation Form available on this website www.ecptote.state.tx.us (see the NEW link under the Online Services heading) and submit it to the Board for review. As mandated by the Legislature, it will now cost $50.00 for this review.
Additional information regarding rules governing licensure may be found in the complete 2011 Physical Therapy rules located on the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy web site at http://www.ecptote.state.tx.us/pt/rules.html
The PTA Program selection process entails two phases. First phase: selection of candidates for interview; based on a point system (number of support courses completed, observation hours, reference letters, essay, HOBET score, advanced degree, in-district resident). The top scoring applicants are then invited to interview with a panel of members making up the admission committee (area licensed PTs, OTâ€™s, and PTAs). Second phase: Interview with members of the admissions committee; as part of the interview process, the candidate is required to complete an on-site writing assignment.
*Sixteen students are accepted annually; therefore, a number of applicants who meet the program admissions requirements may not be admitted to the program. Qualified applications are ranked from highest to lowest points. It is strongly advised that applicants not admitted to the program come by the UHS building and retrieve all application materials. The program retains application material up until 30 days after the beginning of the subsequent fall semester. The program will dispose of all materials not claimed after the 30 day period.
A new applicant pool is established for each fall class; printable application and forms are available on the programâ€™s web-site with links located to the right of the main page. The deadline for submission of completed application is the last day of March. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April, tentatively. Please contact the PTA program's office at (903) 434-8124 for additional information. For up-to-date program information, application procedures, admission criteria, forms for admission, and selection process go to ntcc.edu quick links to physical therapist assistant
The program has increased the retention of students since 2007; increasing from 67% to 88%.
Class of 2007: Matriculated 16; graduated 11
Class of 2008: Matriculated 16; graduated 11
Class of 2009: Matriculated 16; graduated 11
Class of 2010: Matriculated 16; graduated 14
Class of 2011: Matriculated 15; graduated 14
To earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant, a student must meet college graduation requirements and complete all coursework as prescribed in the Physical Therapist Assistant degree plan with a minimum grade of C. Graduation rates of retained students in the PTA program yield 100%.
Employment and Licensure
The State of Texas requires licensure in order to practice as a PTA. After successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible to sit for the licensure examination.
100% of the PTA Program graduates seeking employment in physical therapy have obtained positions as PTAs utilizing temporary licensure (continued employment contingent upon passing licensure examination). Program graduates are employed in a large variety of practice settings.
Pass rates as of 2/2012:
Class of 2007 (inaugural class): 82% with 100% of graduates employed
Class of 2008: 100% pass rate with 100% of graduates employed
Class of 2009: 100% pass rate with 100% of graduates employed
Class of 2010: 100% pass rate with 100% of graduates employed
Class of 2011: 100% pass rate with 100% of graduates employed
Any concerns or issues about PTA program, by individuals who are not students, should be directed to the program director.
For information on NTCC's Physical Therapist Assistant Program contact:
Nancy Wilson , DPT, Program Director
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This page last updated by N. Wilson on 11/05/2013
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