Physical Therapist Assisting
Physical therapist assistants (PTA) are educated health care providers who assist the physical therapist (PT) in providing physical therapy services. They work closely with patients of all ages, as directed by a supervising PT, helping them manage movement difficulties caused by injury or disease, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disability.
ECC's program of study for PTAs includes classroom instruction, theory and laboratory practice. In addition to PTA classes, students must take communications courses and science courses to assure a complete education. Although the associate of applied science degree (AAS) to become a physical therapist assistant is designed for immediate employment; many opportunities exist to include these courses in a bachelor's degree. See a counselor for complete information.
Note: Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students applying to the health professions programs must provide a valid social security number in order to complete the criminal background check required by clinical agencies and to take licensing/certification exams. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.
The PTA Program’s graduation rate: Over the last three years (graduation class of 2009, 2010, 2011), 75 percent of admitted students graduated from the PTA program.
Licensure pass rate: The three year weighted average ultimate pass rate for ECC graduates from 2009-2011 is 95.35%.
Employment data: One hundred percent of PTA graduates who sought jobs were employed at a job of their choice within 6 months of passing the state licensure exam.
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A specialized admission procedure is required for the PTA program. Students must submit admission materials and meet admissions requirements before their application is considered for review. Application deadline is February 15th for following fall admission. Students may complete as many general education requirements as they wish before going through the application process. If the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of seats available, admission to the program will be competitive and selective. All candidates must submit an official high school transcript or GED scores and official transcripts from other colleges/universities attended.
- Attend information session (mandatory)
- Apply with ECC - how to apply»
- Pay health professions application fee - get details»
- Complete and submit health professions application
- Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam
- Observation/experience documentation required
- Grade of C or better in MTH 098 or equivalent or appropriate placement score
- High school diploma or GED certificate
- Please note: Must be 18 years of age or older to sit for state licensure examination
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