Work with a physical therapist to help patients decrease pain and increase function.
|Fall Start Date||Fort Morgan Campus|
|AAS in PTA||Competitive Admissions|
|Two-year, full-time program||Rigorous Curriculum|
A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT) in various areas of rehabilitation, wellness, and injury prevention. PTA’s care for individuals in a variety of settings to improve strength, decrease pain, and reach their maximum physical potential.
While a Physical Therapist (PT) is educated at the Doctorate level, an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant can be completed in two years.
This AAS degree program trains students in helping patients decrease pain, increase function, and reach their maximum physical potential and optimum health. The Physical Therapist Assistant works under the supervision of a physical therapist in various areas of rehabilitation, wellness, and prevention of injuries.
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone;703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org, is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Morgan Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2016. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to the implementation of the professional/ technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in the professional/technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
By following CAPTE guidelines, the college hopes to be granted Candidate for Accreditation status in order to enroll our first class in the Fall semester, 2017. A decision on candidacy status will be made prior to the May 15, 2017 application for admission deadline. Should the PTA program at Morgan Community College fail to be granted Candidate for Accreditation status, the admissions process for the fall of 2017 applicants will cease.
A final decision on accreditation for the program is expected no later than May 1, 2019, prior to graduation for the initial class admitted in the Fall of 2017. Should CAPTE decide to grant accreditation, graduates in the class of 2019 and thereafter will be considered graduates of an accredited institution. The initial graduating class of 2019 will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Examination (PTA) no earlier than July of 2019.
Should the PTA program at Morgan Community College fail to be granted accreditation by CAPTE in the spring of 2019, a contingency plan is in place that would allow for students to transfer to other institutions accredited by CAPTE.