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  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Contact Us

    Department Chair
    Margaret (Peggy) Oreskovich
    MT Building, Rm 172
    719-549-3433
    margaret.oreskovich@pueblocc.edu

  • Did You Know?

    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 $20.05 per hour according to our 2012 graduate surveys.

  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Date: Fall

    Award: AAS

    Average Class Size: 20

    Program Length: 2 Years

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Day Classes

    Program Location: Pueblo

    Download Program Guide

  • Career Information
    PTAs 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 2011 was 100%. In 2012 it was 100% and for 2013 it was 93.7%, for a 3 year average of 97.5%. Graduation rate for 2011-2013 was 83.3%. Our three-year pass rate on the National PTA Exam for 2012-2014 is 87.7%.

    What Will I Learn
    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. The PTA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

    Our Experienced Faculty
    The 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.

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Pueblo Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703- 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

    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.