Associate of Applied Science | 74 credits including prerequisites
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The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program provides both general and technical education. The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
The Program consists of four semesters of physical therapist assistant coursework and skill-based instruction in addition to several selected prerequisite courses. Upon successful completion, graduates are awarded an associate of applied science degree. Graduates are able to sit for the National Examination for Physical Therapy Education (NPTE), which allows the individual to be eligible for licensure. To practice as a physical therapist assistant in Utah, licensure is required.
The physical therapist assistant is a health care provider working with individuals and their families under the supervision of a physical therapist in providing patient/client care by applying a variety of therapy treatments in a variety of health care settings. Treatment techniques include therapeutic exercises, and physical agent and mechanical modalities. Health care settings include hospitals, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, out-patient clinics, sports medicine clinics, workplaces, schools and homes. The physical therapist assistant will be involved in the modification of treatment programs, client/family education and discharge planning under the direction and general supervision of a physical therapist.
Estimated Cost for Students
Current tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Course Fees: $388.00
APTA Membership: $85.00
NOTE: Fees may vary based upon specific registration and are subject to change.
Program Entry Requirements
GENERAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
- Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See http://www.slcc.edu/apply/index.aspx and declare your major as Pre-Medical and Health Sciences
- High School Graduate or equivalent.
- For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.
SLCC Office of the Registrar and Academic Records
4600 South Redwood Road
P.O. Box 30808
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808
- Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript(s) must be submitted to the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office. The form is located at: http://www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/. This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered
- Complete SLCC placement process, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and ENGL courses as prerequisites). See: www.slcc.edu/testing
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM SELECTIVE ADMISSONS APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Verification of high school graduation or equivalent (GED) will be required before the (program) admissions deadline. Send official high school transcripts to HighSchoolTranscripts@slcc.edu.
NOTE All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the application deadline for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of other prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated Program prerequisite course may be taken.
- See the Physical Therapist Assistant webpage for essential information regarding completion of application and additional requirements at www.slcc.edu/ptassistant/admissions.aspx. Application submission does not guarantee admission to the Program. Students should see the Physical Therapist Assistant academic advisor for further information.
- HESI Pre-admission exam - A minimum score of 75% is required for consideration for admission to the Program; however, this does not guarantee admission into the Program. Please see the Physical Therapist Assistant Program academic advisor with questions.
- Proctored Essay – See the Physical Therapist Assistant Program webpage for essential information regarding the essay requirements. www.slcc.edu/ptassistant/admissions.aspx.
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry in the Program.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Once admitted into the program, students may be required to complete the following to receive a full offer toward matriculation.
2. Background Check
3. Drug Screening
4. American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR certification
*Please note: Additional conditions may need to be met depending on program, please see program website for details.
It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) to seek advice regarding eligibility for licensure and requirements needed to progress in this profession if the criminal background check discloses issues of concern.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Salt Lake Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education,1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: www.capteonline.org.
Graduation from the Physical Therapist Assistant program does not guarantee the ability to obtain a Utah state license to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of each state. In order to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant, students must satisfy individual state requirements, independent of SLCC graduation requirements. It is highly recommended that students consult in advance with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), or similar agencies in other states, to find out more about eligibility for licensure. DOPL can be reached at 801-530-6628 or at their website.
For students who plan to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in another state, here is one suggested website for researching state licensure requirements: License Finder sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help.