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  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • 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

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  • NEW REQUIREMENT ADDED TO APPLICATION PROCESS – The Physical Therapist Assistant Program will require all applicants who advance to the interview round of the application process to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills exam (TEAS) as part of the admission process. 

    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.

    The 2-year average employment rate for PTA program graduates of 2018 and 2019 is 100%.  The graduation rate of admitted PTA students for 2019 was 95% and for 2020 is 95.2%, for a 2-year average graduation rate of 95.1%. The 2-year first-time pass rate average on the National PTA Exam for the classes of 2018 and 2019 is 68.4%. The ultimate pass rate average on the National PTA exam for the classes of 2018 and 2019 is 84.2%.

    What Will I Learn
    STUDENT 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 Faculty
    The PCC PTA program instructors have over 40 years of combined experience in Physical Therapy and over 22 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: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 719-549-3433 or email Margaret.Oreskovich@pueblocc.edu.

    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, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.