PTA Program Specific Information

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

The two-year Physical Therapist Assistant Regional Program leads to the Associate in Applied Science degree. The curriculum combines general education and physical therapy courses. Various facilities are utilized for clinical experiences.

Enrollment in this program is limited; therefore, a selective admissions process utilizing a point index system is followed.


Expenses and Financial Assistance

In addition to tuition, students are responsible for transportation to the various clinical sites, housing, professional liability insurance, books, and uniforms. Any student seeking financial assistance should contact the Financial Aid Office.

Students may be required to have a criminal background check and/or drug screening. Students are responsible for the cost. Based on the results, healthcare facilities have the right to deny students admission to the clinical sites.


Program Curriculum

First Year:

Summer Session

 Courses

Credit Hours

BIO 137

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

ENG 101

Writing I

3

Digital Literacy*

0-3

Fall Semester

 Courses

Credit Hours

PTA 101

Orientation to Physical Therapy Practice

5

PTA 125

Neuroanatomy for the PTA

1

BIO 139

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

PSY 110

General Psychology

3

Heritage/Humanities

3

Spring Semester

 Courses

Credit Hours

PTA 150

Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology

6

PTA 160

Medical & Surgical Conditions in Physical Therapy

3

PTA 170

Clinical Practicum I

1

PSY 223

Developmental Psychology

3

Second Year:

Summer Session

 Courses

Credit Hours

MAT 150

College Algebra

3

Oral Communications

3

     

Fall Semester

 Courses

Credit Hours

PTA 200

Modalities & Procedures in Physical Therapy

5

PTA 220

Physical Therapy Principles & Procedures

5

PTA 240

Clinical Practicum II

2

Spring Semester

 Courses

Credit Hours

PTA 250

Neurological Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy

5

PTA 260

Seminar in Physical Therapy

2

PTA 280

Clinical Practicum III

5

 


Application Process for Admission to the Program

In order to be considered for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Regional Program, the following credentials must be on file by April 1 of each year.

  1. Application for admission to a KCTCS institution.
  2. Official transcripts of all post-secondary education, excluding KCTCS institutions.
  3. ACT National Exam or SAT score report
  4. Proof of attendance at a pre-admission conference with the coordinator or the coordinator's designee is required prior to an applicant's consideration by the Physical Therapist Assistant Admissions Committee. This must be completed on an annual basis.

Criteria for Admission

  1. Selection of students for the Physical Therapist Assistant Regional Program will be made by the presidents of the colleges or the presidents' designee after considering the recommendations of a Physical Therapist Assistant Admissions Committee.
  2. Applicants admitted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Regional Program must have completed BIO 137, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, or its equivalent, with a "C" or higher, prior to entering the program.
  3. Applicants admitted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Regional Program must have completed a program-approved CPR course prior to entering the program.
  4. Preference may be given to applicants who demonstrate above average standing in high school or on the General Education Development Examination (GED).
  5. Preference may be given to applicants with an ACT national exam composite score of 19 or higher, or the equivalent on the SAT.
  6. Preference may be given to applicants who have completed 12 or more credit hours in the approved curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from any accredited college.
  7. Preference may be given to Kentucky residents and applicants from the college service area.
  8. A selective interview process may be employed.

Technical Standards

The physical therapist assistant works in a hands-on situation under the supervision of a physical therapist in providing patient services for the prevention and alleviation of physical impairment and the restoration of function. Therefore, in order to work successfully with patients, all applicants should possess sufficient:

  1. visual acuity, such as observation necessary for administering patient care and reading equipment gauges and settings used in treatments;
  2. auditory perception to receive verbal communication and to execute patient care through the use of monitoring devices;
  3. strength and gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement patient care skills, such as the manipulation of equipment, and positioning and lifting patients;
  4. communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient's interest; and,
  5. intellectual and emotional functions to implement the plan of care.

Readmission

  1. In order to be considered for readmission by the Physical Therapist Assistant Admissions Committee, the applicant must submit a written request to the Physical Therapist Assistant Coordinator, meet current admission guidelines, and may be required to have a PTA faculty member submit a letter of recommendation.
  2. A student may be readmitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program once. Students readmitted may be required to furnish evidence of remedial study, additional preparation, or resolution of factors contributing to previous unsuccessful completion.
  3. The student may be readmitted a second time only if recommended by the Physical Therapist Assistant Admissions Committee and if the student furnishes sufficient evidence of remedial study, additional preparation or resolution of factors contributing to previous unsuccessful completion. Under no circumstances will a student be readmitted a third time.
  4. If more than 3 years have elapsed since first enrolled in any Physical Therapist Assistant program, an applicant must repeat all Physical Therapist Assistant program courses.
  5. Readmission will be considered only if a vacancy exists in the class in which the student wishes to re-enroll.

Transfer

  1. Applicants who wish to transfer from one KCTCS Physical Therapist Assistant program to another, or from a Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist Assistant program outside of KCTCS:
    1. must meet all admission requirements of the receiving institution;
    2. must submit a written request stating anticipated entry date and reason for transfer to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator of the receiving institution;
    3. must have a faculty member from the program previously attended submit a letter of recommendation to the receiving institution;
    4. may be awarded transfer credit if the sequence and course content parallel those courses offered by the receiving institution; and
    5. may be required to meet readmission standards if deemed necessary by the admissions committee.
  2. If more than 3 years have elapsed since first enrolled in a Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist Assistant program, the applicant must repeat all Physical Therapist Assistant program courses.
  3. Applicants wishing to transfer from a Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist Assistant program:
    1. should apply at least two months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they wish to enroll;
    2. may be awarded transfer credit if the sequence and course content parallel those courses required in the KCTCS Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum; determination to be made by the Program Coordinator of the receiving institution;
    3. may be awarded transfer credit if the sequence and course content do not parallel those courses required in the Physical Therapist Assistant program under the following condition(s):
      1. only after careful evaluation of transcripts and course syllabi by the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator, Registrar, and Admissions Committee;
      2. after successful completion of a special examination or additional course(s) deemed necessary by the Admissions Committee in order to enter or complete the program.
    4. will be considered for admission only if a vacancy exists in the class in which they wish to enroll.

Student Outcomes

Graduation Rate Data:

(Utilizing the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Annual Accreditation Report Graduation Rate Calculation)

Class Year Graduation Rate
2015 73.3%
2016 66.7%
2017 72.2%
2018 80.0%


Licensure Examination Pass Rate:

Two Year Ultimate Pass Rate as reported by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Weighted Average Ultimate Pass Rate 2014-2015: 100

Weighted Average Ultimate Pass Rate 2015-2016: 100


Employment Rate:

Percentage of graduates who sought employment and were employed as PTAs within one year of graduation:

Class Year Employment Rate
2015 100%
2016 100%
2017 100%

 


Contact Information

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Faculty

Tracy Bowling, PT, MS, DPT, Professor

Jill Dixon, PT, DPT, Associate Professor

Dawn Stamper, PT, DPT, Associate Professor

Program Assistant

Terri Fields, Program Assistant

Call toll-free: (800) 246-7521, ext. 73394


Accreditation Status

The Physical Therapist Assistant Regional Program at Hazard Community & Technical College/Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical 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 606-487-3379 or email tracy.bowling@kctcs.edu