Physical Therapist Assistant Program Effectiveness Data

ECC PTA Licensure 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
2009 13/12 (1 graduate never took exam) 6 50% 75% 82% 76%  
2010 15/15 14 93.3% 100% 82% 73% 2009-2010=87.5%
2011 17/16 (1 graduate never took exam) 14 87.5% 100% 83% 76% 2010-2011=100%
2012 15/15 12 80.0% 93.3% 85% 80% 2011-2012=96.6%
2013 17/17 17 100.0% 100.0% 84% 95% 2012-2013=96.65%
2014 16/16 14 93.75% 93.8% 87% 95% 2013-2014=96.70%
2015 16/16 15 93.75% 93.8% 85% 95% 2014-2015=93.80%
2016 18/18 18 100.0% 100.0% 86.9% 95.8% 2015-2016 = 96.87 %
2017 16/16 14 87.50% 100.0% 87.4% 94.8% 2016-2017 = 100.0%
2018 15/15 13 86.66% 100.00% 84.6% 91.4% 2017-2018 = 100.00% 

Program Completion Rate


Expected Outcome: The program expects a retention rate of 75% 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
2009 65%    
2010 75% 2009-2010 = 70.0% 2009-2010 = 70.0%
2011 85% 2010-2011= 80.0% 2010-2011= 80.0%
2012 75% 2011-2012=80.0% 2011-2012=80.0%
2013 100% 2012-2013=87.5% 2012-2013=87.5%
2014 80% 2013-2014=90.0% 2013-2014=90.0%
2015 88% 2014-2015=84% 2014-2015=84%
2016 90% 2015-2016=89.0% 2015-2016=89.0%
2017 80% 2016-2017=85.0% 2016-2017=85.0%
2018 75% 2017-2018=77.5% 2017-2018=77.5%
2019 70% 2018-2019 =72.50%  2018-2019 = 72.50%

Licensed Graduate Employment Rates


Employment rate since 2009 was 100% until June 2017.

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 up to June 2017. 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
2014-2016 18 18/18 100.0% 100.0%
2015-2017 16 15/16 93.75% 96.87%
2016-2018 15 12/14 85.71% 89.73%

Pass Rates on Licensing Examinations

Percentage of students (January to December) who pass licensing examinations in their professional disciplines.