Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive the AAS degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. This entitles the graduate to take the national licensure examination. Successful passing of this examination and completion of the state licensure requirements will allow the graduate to function as a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA). The program integrates classroom and laboratory experiences into a structurally sound curriculum that develops the competencies required to function as a safe, ethical, and competent PTA. Students are required to complete three clinical education affiliation experiences in hospitals and clinics affiliated with the program. Requirements for participation in these clinical experiences include having: 1) current CPR and First Aid cards; 2) a current personal health insurance policy; 3) a yearly negative TB test; 4) the appropriate immunizations; 5) a satisfactory physical examination; 6) drug and alcohol screen; and 7) background check. The program is a limited-entry program and students considering applying to the program MUST attend a health programs orientation and meet with a health programs advisor for additional counseling. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 706-3245, www.capteonline.org, email: Contact Us.
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