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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Effectiveness

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 85%. The PTA program has consistently achieved this outcome.
Cohort #1st-time examinees # passed 1st attempt % passing 1st attempt Ultimate ECC % passing National % passing 1st attempt (U.S. Accredited by graduation year) Ultimate pass rate (U.S. Accredited candidates) Years ECC 2-year average pass rate
2023 13 12 92.9% 100% 81.4% 87.5% 2022-2023 92.5%
2022 13 10 76.9% 84.6% 81.4% 91.0% 2021-2022 92.3%
2021 17 16 94.1% 100% 79.6% 86.3% 2020-2021 100%
2020 14 12 85% 100% 83.1% 92.6% 2019-2020 100%
2019 14 14 100% 100% 84.7% 91.6% 2018-2019 100%

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 % completed Years ECC 2-year average graduation rate %
2023 80% 2022-2023 83.75%
2022 87.5% 2021-2022 86%
2021 85% 2020-2021 83%
2020 81% 2019-2020 80%

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 employed ECC Graduate employment rate ECC 2-year employment average
2021-2023 13 13 100% 94.75%
2020-2022 13 12 93% 96.5%
2019-2021 17 17 100% 100%
2018-2020 14 14 100% 100%

Video Overview

Physical therapist assistants (PTA) are educated health care providers who assist the physical therapist (PT) in providing physical therapy services.

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COMPLAINTS to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs (PT or PTA). Please refer to the CAPTE website for complaints.

College Complaint Policy and Procedures

Complaints from clinical education sites, employers of graduates, and the general public will follow this procedure for investigation and resolution. This policy and procedure follow the organizational structure of ECC and the PTA Program. Learn more about the college procedure.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

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