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11 AM – 3PM

Area of Study

Physical Therapist Assistant
PTAs work under the direction of physical therapists, helping to manage conditions such as back and neck injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis, and other ailments.

PTA APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

Applications for the Physical Therapist Assistant program will continue to be accepted beyond the previously published May 10th deadline. Prerequisite courses may be taken over the summer semester, which begins on June 1st. If interested in submitting an application, please contact Jeffrey Coon at
Jeffrey.Coon@Morgancc.edu or Gwen Steffen at Gwen.Steffen@Morgancc.edu

Work with a physical therapist to help patients decrease pain and increase function.
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. The PTA Program at Morgan Community College will graduate skillful, knowledgeable, professional and ethical physical therapist assistants that will work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Program Application

Program Guide

Quick Program Facts

  • Complete the AAS in PTA in 21 Months
  • 2-3 Days Per Week on Our Fort Morgan Campus
  • Fall Start Date
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Competitive Admissions
  • Rigorous Curriculum
  • Quality Clinical Education Experiences
Admission Requirements
ATI TESTING INFORMATION
Additional Program Requirements

Proof of requirements is submitted through an online record tracking system.  See Student Success Advisor for Health Occupations for instructions.

  • Pass background check
  • Pass 10-panel drug screen.
    • Although possession and use of marijuana is no longer a crime in the State of Colorado, the possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.  Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana continues to be prohibited for students seeking admission or enrolled in a health program at Morgan Community College. Therefore a student with a drug screen showing positive for use of marijuana is ineligible for admission and/or continuance in the program.
  • Proof of current immunizations and influenza vaccination.
  • Valid American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR card.
  • Purchase student liability insurance, make payment for clinical ID badge at the College Store.
  • Proof of signed MCC workers compensation policy form.
  • Appropriate scrubs/uniforms required by program to be purchased through the College Store.
Financial Responsibilities
About the Faculty

Jeffrey Coon, MPT

Jeff received his BA from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1989 and his Master of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California in 1999.  He has a clinical background in outpatient worker’s compensation, inpatient orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, inpatient acute care and several years as both a clinician and rehabilitation director in the home health setting.  His areas of interest include balance, fall prevention and vestibular rehabilitation in the geriatric population.  Jeff serves as the Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator in addition to his faculty duties.

Jason Glasnapp, PT, DPT

Jason holds a BS in Education & Sport Science from University of Kansas in 1993 , a Master of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in 1996 and in 2010 received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Montana.  Jason is a full-time faculty member in the PTA program at MCC with clinical interests in outpatient orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, and injury prevention & wellness.  Jason is passionate about movement, exercise, and utilizing proper biomechanics to prevent injury and improve performance.  Jason takes pride in staying up to date on current evidence by taking extensive continuing education to help maximize patient and student outcomes.

Program Outcomes
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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Student Awards

Each year the Physical Therapist Assistant program recognizes two outstanding graduates in the areas of academic and clinical excellence.

The Academic Excellence Award was presented to Kayla Pierce. Kayla earned a grade point average of 3.96 in the PTA curriculum and was consistently among the top performers in each course. A resident of Hillrose, Colorado, Kayla entered the PTA program after earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. During her time as a student, she worked as a rehabilitation aide at East Morgan County Hospital in Brush where she will begin her new career as a Physical Therapist Assistant upon graduation.

The Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Jacob Hutchison. Jacob completed his student internships at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, and ProActive Physical Therapy in Greeley. At each internship, Jacob was recognized as an outstanding student clinician and consistently received positive feedback for his professionalism,
communication skills, and clinical problem-solving. A native of La Junta, Colorado, Jacob entered the PTA program after earning an Associate of Science Degree from Otero Junior College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to his excellent clinical
performance, Jacob completed the PTA curriculum with a grade point average of 3.91.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program graduated six students this spring and this group earned an overall average GPA of 3.63 in their PTA studies. These graduates are now scheduled to take the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants in May as the next step toward their physical therapy careers. Congratulations to all of the PTA program graduates on their outstanding performance!

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Morgan 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 (970) 542-3225 or email Jeffrey.Coon@morgancc.edu

Contact

Jeffrey Coon PT, MPT

Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program
(970) 542-3225
Spruce 332
M.P.T. Physical Therapy - Samuel Merritt College; B.A. General Studies - Aquinas College; Career & Technical Education (CTE) Credential

Jason Glasnapp PT, DPT

Faculty, Physical Therapist Assistant
(970) 542-3226
Spruce 331
D.P.T Physical Therapy - University of Montana; M.S. Physical Therapy - Wichita State; B.S.E. Sports Med/Athletic Trainer - University of Kansas

Gwen Steffen

Student Success Advisor
(970) 542-3224
Cottonwood 102B
B.S. Organizational Management - Colorado Christian University; A.A.S. - Morgan Community College; Career & Technical Education (CTE) Credential

Degree Options

Physical Therapist Assistant

Careers & Salaries

Position Median
Physical Therapist Assistants $58,040