VC’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA Program) offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Successful completion of the PTA Program will enable graduates to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant licensing examination.
VC’s Associate of Applied Science degree core curriculum courses (non PTA Program technical courses) may transfer to a four-year university. There are many specialization options available to continue your education in healthcare.
As a PTA, you will work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to provide services for patients who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
You may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more.
APPLICATION PROCESS DUE TO COVID-19: Due to COVID-19 we are aware that it may be difficult to complete the required 30 hours of observation in two different physical therapy settings. Skilled nursing facilities and hospitals currently are not allowing students to come to their facilities to observe. Some free standing out patient clinics are still allowing students in for observation, however it might be for limited hours. Due to these facts, the requirements for observation hours will be very flexible. Please try to observe as much as possible. If you cannot complete the full 30 hours or are unable to observe in two different settings, your application will still be considered complete and it will be evaluated for acceptance in the program. If you have any questions please contact us.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Victoria College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.
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