Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapy is a rewarding health profession that provides services that help individuals restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent disabilities.  The physical therapist assistant, under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist, utilize mechanical force and movements, manual therapy, exercise therapy, biophysical agents, and patient & family education to improve an individual’s quality of life.  Physical therapy professionals can work flexible hours in a variety of settings such as hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation units, home health, schools, and nursing homes.

 

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 ptot.texas.gov  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. HESI A2
  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

The PTA program student outcomes for the recent 3 years (2015-2017) are as follows:

  • Graduation rates: 100%
  • National Licensure Exam pass rates: 100%
  • Employment rates: 100%

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 Building, room #246.

  • September 13, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
  • October 24, 2018 @ 5 p.m.
  • November 13, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
  • December 12, 2018 @ 1 p.m.
  • January 24, 2019 @ 10 a.m.
  • February 11, 2019 @ 1 p.m.
  • March 7, 2019 @ 10 a.m.
  • April 24, 2019 @ 1 p.m.
  • May 16, 2019 @ 10 a.m.
  • June 4, 2019 @ 10 a.m.