Margaret (Peggy) Oreskovich
MT Building, Rm 172
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook put out by the US Department of Labor, the national median salary for Physical Therapist Assistants is $52,160 as of May of 2012 and employment in the field is projected to grow much faster than average. The local average wage is $23.45 per hour according to our 2014 graduate surveys.
Program Start Date: Fall
Average Class Size: 20
Program Length: 2 Years
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time
Course Availability: Day Classes
Program Location: Pueblo
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Career InformationPTAs work under the direction of physical therapists, helping to manage conditions such as back and neck injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, strokes, multiple sclerosis, birth defects, injuries related to work and sports, and others. You will work in a broad range of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing, extended care, or subacute facilities, homes, schools, fitness centers, and sports training facilities.
Employment rate for PTA Program Graduates in 2013 was 93.7% and for 2014 it was 100%, for a 2-year average employment rate of 97.3%. The graduation rate of admitted PTA students for 2014 was 100% and for 2015 was 90.4% for a 2-year average graduation rate of 95.3%. The 2-year pass rate on the National PTA Exam for the class of 2014 and 2015 is 95.1%.
What Will I LearnSTUDENT OUTCOMES - The AAS degree prepares you to serve as a PTA within 5 semesters. The program is offered 2 - 2 ½ days per week except during the clinical experiences which occur in the third and fifth semester. Clinical experiences are scheduled for 40 hours per week, and placement is typically anywhere in Southern Colorado. Learning experiences include lecture and interactive lab opportunities in a spacious lab with state of the art equipment.
Our Experienced FacultyThe PCC PTA program instructors have over 100 years of combined experience in Physical Therapy and over 40 years of combined experience in teaching. There is a diversity of expertise and backgrounds in orthopedic rehab, neurological rehab, pediatric rehab, modalities, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and functional training. Our instructors have a love for Physical Therapy, and a passion for educating our students to be the prepared for to take on this valuable and exciting career.
THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.
Would you like to help patients in their rehabilitation from musculoskeletal diseases or injuries? Do you have excellent people skills and like working directly with a patient? You should consider a career as a physical therapy assistant!