Physical Therapist Assistant

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree
Department Chair: Margaret (Peggy) Oreskovich
Location: MT, Rm 172
Phone: 719-549-3433
Faculty: Gunilla Rushing, Peggy Oreskovich  

Career Opportunities
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.

Nationally, the median annual salary for PTAs was $49,690 in 2010, with a salary range of $37,170 to $54,900. PCC program graduates have been employed in nursing homes, hospitals, home health, and outpatient facilities. Locally, the average hourly salary for Spring 2011 graduates was $20.05.

Program Description
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 CAPTE of the American Physical Therapy Association.

In addition to tuition and fees, additional PTA program costs include a lab coat, name tag ($5.00), liability insurance ($15.00/year), drug screening ($35.00), and background check ($59.00). You are responsible for all expenses associated with internships and must provide your own transportation to and from clinicals. Financial aid is available through the PCC Financial Aid Office. Additional scholarship and grant information will be posted on the PTA bulletin board as they become available.

Program Requirements
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program has a selective admissions policy due to the limited number of clinical sites available to the program.  A maximum of twenty (20) applicants will be chosen for each Fall Semester.  Acceptance into the PTA program will be based on PTA general education courses, cumulative GPA, reading ability, PT and PTA interview report, PTA Essay, letters of recommendation and a personal interview.  Interviews will be the latter part of May/first of June each year.  An applicant may be conditionally accepted after the interview process and allowed to continue to work on the program requirements that include; a background check, pass a drug screen test, a college reading class (if required), a college level 4 credit physics course with lab (conceptual physics) and a college human anatomy and physiology class (BIO 201)—a 4 credit course with a lab (with a minimum grade of “C”). Once admitted into the PTA Program you must provide proof of current immunizations, purchase liability insurance through the college and you must also have a health care provider CPR card to attend clinical experiences.

Applications will be accepted through May 21st of each year for a Fall admission.  All applications with all required materials must be current and complete. The applications must be received or postmarked by 5:00 PM, May 21st of each year.  It is the student's responsibility to see that all the application materials have been received by the deadline.  Incomplete or late applications will NOT be processed for summer selection by the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.  Applicants are urged to contact the PTA Program Office for advisement and/or assistance prior to or during the application period.

Admissions Information
Items needed to submit a PTA application:

ü Unofficial college transcripts
ü Proof of College level English or reading or ACT,SAT or Accuplacer reading scores
ü Two (2) letters of recommendation
ü Essay on why you are pursuing the career of the physical therapist assistant at PCC
ü PT and PTA Interview report/APTA page

Additional items for final acceptance

ü Apply to PCC
ü Completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 201) with a "C" or above
ü Completion of Conceptual Physics (PHY 105) course with a "C" or above
ü Completed personal interview process
ü Background check and drug screen must be satisfied BEFORE applicants may enroll in the
       PTA Program.

Other Links:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Pueblo Community College is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria Virginia 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; email; website; The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see:


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