Physical Therapist Assistant Program Effectiveness Data

The ECC PTA Licensure Exam Pass Rates


Expected Outcome: ECC's ultimate 2-year average licensure pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) offered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) will be 80%. The PTA program has consistently achieved this outcome.
Cohort#1st-time examinees# passed 1st attempt% passing 1st attemptUltimate ECC % passingNational % passing 1st attempt (U.S. Accredited by graduation year)Ultimate pass rate (U.S. Accredited candidates)ECC 2-year average pass rate
Years%
2019 14/14 14 100% 100% 84.7% 91.6% 2018-2019 100.0%
2018 15/15 13 86.66% 100.00% 84.6% 91.4% 2017-2018 100.0%
2017 16/16 14 87.50% 100.0% 87.4% 94.8% 2016-2017 100.0%

The ECC PTA Program Completion Rate


Expected Outcome: The program expects a retention rate of 60% or higher over a 2 year period. Program retention is defined as the number of students who complete the program. The program length is 5 semesters or 2 years. The program accepts 20 students annually from qualified applications.
Year graduating from Program% completedECC 2-year average retention rateECC 2-year average graduation rate
Years%Years%
2020 81% 2019-2020 81.0% 2019-2020 81.0%
2019 77% 2018-2019 77.0% 2018-2019 77.0%
2018 75% 2017-2018 77.5% 2017-2018 75.0%

The ECC PTA Program Graduate Employment Rates


Employment rate.

All licensed graduates who had sought PTA employment had been employed as a PTA at the job of their choice in a part-time or full-time position as they preferred. The data is collected by contacting each graduate in follow-up communications by the PTA Program Director and independently by the Institutional Research Department of Elgin Community College.
Cohort% of program completers# students employedECC Graduate employment rateECC 2-year employment average
2017-2019 14 14/14 100.0% 100.0%
2016-2018 15 12/14 85.71% 89.73%
2015-2017 16 15/16 93.75% 96.87%