Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S.

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Program Director: 
Caroline Rogers
Office: 
HSC 2037
Phone: 
(423) 697.4730
Fax: 
(423) 493.8771

Deadline Dates

Program - 1st Monday in February of each year
TEAS - February 5, 2018
Physical therapy assistant and patient

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist (PT). PTA’s perform physical therapy treatment interventions delegated by the supervising Physical Therapist. The PTA Program is a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical practice designed to prepare the student in the use of therapeutic exercise, physical therapy modalities, clinical communication skills, and special treatment procedures. Program content is based on recommended guidelines as established by the American Physical Therapy Association and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The program prepares students to take the board examination for Physical Therapist Assistants administered by the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy for the state. Students preparing to enter an educational program in physical therapy should have a strong math and science background.

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Chattanooga State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

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In addition to the CAPTE complaint process linked above, the following information is provided. The Student Complaint Policy and Procedure is located in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Students are encouraged follow the prescribed procedures (due process) if they feel that they have been subjected to unfair treatment by other students or college employees. Complaints from other parties (outside of due process) should be reported to the PTA Program Director, Caroline Rogers

Mission

Consistent with the mission of Chattanooga State Community College, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will transform individual student lives, support professional growth of faculty members and provide development opportunities for members of the physical therapy workforce in our area. The program will educate and develop safe, competent, compassionate, knowledgeable and ethical Physical Therapist Assistants who are able to secure employment and provide high quality contemporary physical therapy services under the supervision of a Physical Therapist

Licensure

Upon completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, the student is eligible to take the state licensing exam. Successful completion of the exam is required to be licensed as a PTA in Tennessee. Other states have similar requirements.  The PTA Program has a 98% ultimate licensure pass rate for 2011-2013 (100% 2011, 95% 2012 and 100% 2013) and 100% for 2014.

Goals

The program develops goals each year that are linked to the goals of the Division of Nursing and Allied Health and College goals. These goals are published in the Division and Program Strategic Plan each year. Accomplishment of these goals is intended to improve overall program quality and is available for review if requested.

Program Outcomes

There are published expected outcomes that the student must be able to accomplish by graduation. These outcomes are accomplished via the combination of courses included in the “summary of required hours.” The program’s “expected outcomes” are included in all course syllabi and target: decision making, communication/teaching, providing physical therapy interventions, and displaying professional behavior.

Success Rates

Licensure: Upon completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, the student is eligible to take the state licensing exam. Successful completion of the exam is required to be licensed as a PTA in Tennessee. Other states have similar requirements. The PTA Program has a 98% ultimate licensure pass rate for 2014-2015.

Employment: 100% of 2014 and 2015 PTA graduates were employed within 6 months of passing the licensure exam.

Graduation Rate
Year Graduation Rate National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) Ultimate  Pass Rate Employment Rate within 6 months of passing NPTE
2014 100% 100% 100%
2015 96% 100% 100%
2016 96% 100% 100%
Employment Opportunities: 

Employment opportunities are diversified. Physical Therapist Assistants may be employed to work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist in hospitals, home health agencies, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, school systems/pediatric center, and outpatient clinics.

Physical therapist assistants help physical therapists to provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients.

Physical therapist assistants need a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required in assisting patients with their treatment. In some cases, you may need to lift patients. Frequent kneeling, stooping and standing for long periods also are part of the job. Physical therapist assistants should be well-organized, detail oriented, and caring. They usually have strong interpersonal skills and a desire to help people in need.

Program Cost

First Semester (19 hours) (fall)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2,303.508,991.50
Truescreen: myRecord Tracker Fee17.5017.50
Upload documentation for:
Physical Examination300.00300.00
Hepatitis B (estimate)175.00175.00
CPR25.0025.00
Liability Insurance (estimate)11.0511.05
"Fit" Testing20.0020.00
Truescreen Criminal Background Check30.0030.00
Truescreen Drug Screen (10 panel)31.0031.00
Uniform100.00100.00
Textbooks (estimate)1,000.001,000.00
Lab Kit (estimate)175.00175.00
Subtotal4,188.0510,876.05
Second Semester (16 hours) springIn-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2,207.508,595.50
Textbooks (estimate)212.15212.15
Subtotal2,367.658,587.65
Third Semester (15 hours) (fall)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2,175.508,463.50
Truescreen: myRecord Tracker Fee:7.507.50
Upload documentation for:
TB Skin Test15.0015.00
Liability Insurance11.0511.05
Textbooks (estimate)63.3763.37
Subtotal2,272.428,560.42
Fourth Semester (15 hours) (spring)In-StateOut-of-State
Maintenance Fee2,175.508,463.50
Textbooks (estimate)122.90122.90
State License Fees500.00500.00
Uniform100.00100.00
Miscellaneous22.0022.00
Subtotal2,920.409,208.40
Total11,800.5237,452.52

Costs Disclaimer

These are estimated program costs. Actual costs may vary due to changes in tuition and/or fee increases as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents. This cost will also be reduced for students since some of the required course work is completed prior to acceptance into the program. These general and support courses taken before the program is to lessen course load in a given semester.

Note: College fees are included in the maintenance cost. To view current calculation table, go to Bursar’s Office on Chattanooga State website. This website will also give you information on refund policies, fee payments and the refund calendar.