Physical Therapist Assistant

Information sessions will be held on November 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. and on February 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The information sessions will be in the UHS building on campus in classroom #246. If attending, please follow campus guidelines by wearing a face cover to enter the building and classroom. We will also be practicing social distancing for your protection.

 

Application Deadline

Prospective students should upload applications by the March 31st deadline. If you are unable to meet the deadline due to COVID 19, please contact Bree McAdams at 903-434-8124; bmcadams@ntcc.edu  for further information/consideration.  

Updated change as of 1/12/21: If you are unable to complete at least 8 observation hours, submit all hours completed to date. If unable to accrue required 8 hours, please contact Bree McAdams at 903-434-8124; bmcadams@ntcc.edu for advisement as soon as difficulty arises. Do not wait until March to attempt gaining observation hours.

Course in Progress forms can be directly emailed to professors for completion. It is the applicant’s responsibility to upload the completed signed Courses in Progress form with the application.

Forms due onsite or by mail (Student Observer Evaluation Forms and Reference forms) should be mailed (signed and sealed envelopes) to:

NTCC PTA Program
P.O. Box 1307
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456-1307

*These forms should be postmarked by March 31st.

 

Do not let COVID 19 concerns prevent you from applying. All reasonable requests for deadline extensions will be considered on an individual basis. Contact Bree McAdams about any concerns with the application process or deadlines ASAP.

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.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 903-434-8323 or email nwilson@ntcc.edu.



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 TSI, 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 2 years (2018-2019) are as follows:

  • Graduation rates: 90%
  • National Licensure Exam pass rates: 100% (first attempt)
  • 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 nwilson@ntcc.edu

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS

All information sessions will be in the University Health Sciences Building, room #246.

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