Work with a physical therapist to help patients decrease pain and increase function.

Program Mission

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.

What is a PTA?

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.

Our Program

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.

Program Facts

Fall Start Date

AAS in PTA

Two-year, full-time program

Smaller Class Sizes

2-3 Days on Campus

Instructors with experience as Physical Therapists

Fort Morgan Campus

Competitive Admissions

Rigorous Curriculum

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. 
Faculty
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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.

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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.

Accreditation

On April 26 2017, the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Morgan Community College was granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314:phone: 703-706-3245;email:accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward full accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

This decision by CAPTE allowed Morgan Community College to admit an inaugural class of students to the newly developed Physical Therapist Assistant program in the fall 2017 semester. A second class of students will be admitted to the program in the fall 2018 semester.

A final decision on accreditation for the program is expected no later than May of 2019, prior to graduation for the initial class admitted in the Fall of 2017. Should CAPTE decide to grant full 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 students to transfer to other institutions accredited by CAPTE.

Careers and Salaries
PositionMedian
Physical Therapist Assistant$55,170

Data compiled from O*NET OnLine August 2015.

For more information:
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Jeffrey Coon, Director – Physical Therapist Assistant (970) 542-3225 jeffrey.coon@morgancc.edu

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Jason Glasnapp, Faculty – Physical Therapist Assistant (970) 542-3226 jason.glasnapp@morgancc.edu