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  • Physical Therapist Assistant
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    Department Chair
    Margaret (Peggy) Oreskovich
    MT Building, Rm 172

  • Did You Know?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow much faster than average because of increasing demand for physical therapy services. In May 2017, the median annual wage for physical therapist assistants was $57,430 nationally and the median hourly wage was $27.70. In May 2017, the median annual wage for physical therapist assistants in Colorado was $52,780 and the median hourly wage in Colorado was $25.37. Employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and growing rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity.Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings such as hospitals or in offices of physical therapists. Others worked primarily in nursing care facilities, offices of physicians, home health care services, and outpatient care centers.

  • 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

  • Due to the restrictive circumstances presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program’s Application Committee will allow the interviews for the Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Interview Report to be conducted via phone or telecommunication tool such as WebEx or Zoom. Applicants will still be required to attain the signature of the clinician on the interview form by sending the form to the interviewee electronically for the interviewee to sign and send back to the applicant electronically.

    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. Interviewees will need to show documentation of their TEAS Total Score prior to or on the date of their interview.

    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 PTA Program Graduates for 2017 was 100% and for 2018 it was also 100% for a 2-year average employment rate of 100%. The 2-year graduation rate for 2018 and 2019 is 100%. The 2-year pass rate on the National PTA Exam for the classes of 2017 and 2018 is 91.8%.

    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 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: 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.