Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting
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Overview

Physical Therapist Assistant Overview

People who work in the physical therapy field enjoy a certain type of gratification. They are often times privileged to help patients recover from serious injuries. Whether it’s back or neck issues, arthritis, neurological conditions, or just simply pains and strains, the rewards of helping someone regain their mobility is great.

At ECPI University’s College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), you could earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assisting in as little as 1.5 years through MCI’s year-round program.

Commission on Physical Therapy Education

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) at the following ECPI campuses: Newport News and Richmond/ Emerywood, Virginia. This is a programmatic accreditation by CAPTE, a specialized accreditation agency for qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. For more information, visit www.capteonline.org.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 757.490.9090 or email PTADirector@ecpi.edu.

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

50 Semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
PTA101Professional Issues for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PTA105Musculoskeletal 3
PTA108Pathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PTA111Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PTA120Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 3
PTA135Rehabilitation I Assessment 2
PTA136Rehabilitation II Therapeutic Modalities 3
PTA139Rehabilitation III Therapeutic Exercise 3
PTA145Medical & Surgical Conditions I 2
PTA146Medical & Surgical Conditions II 2
PTA206Neurological Rehabilitation 3
PTA208Rehabilitation IV Devices 2
PTA210Motor Development & Aging 2
PTA255Clinical Education Experience I 4
PTA256Clinical Education Experience II 4
PTA257Clinical Education Experience III 4
PTA258Clinical Education Experience IV 4
PTA275Physical Therapist Assistant Preparatory 3

Arts and Sciences

20 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO111Anatomy & Physiology I w/Terminology 3
BIO111LAnatomy & Physiology I with Terminology LAB 1
BIO116Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology 3
BIO116LAnatomy & Physiology II with Terminology LAB 1
ENG110College Composition 3
HUM205Culture and Diversity 3
MTH131College Algebra 3
PSY105Introduction to Psychology 3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

3 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS108Office Applications2
COR191Career Orientation1

This program consists of 1,800 contact hours.

Program Description

Medical Careers Institute’s physical therapist assistant program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge required to work under the supervision of a Physical Therapist in the rehabilitation process. Curriculum focuses on a variety of areas including:

  • Human anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Aging of muscles and bones as it relates to exercise and its impact on mobility, strength and coordination

Students also gain hands-on experience in the use of physical modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, traction, massage, and electrical stimulation to help decrease pain, increase motion, and improve function.

Possible Career Track

Upon completion, graduates with an Associate of Science Degree in Health Science with a concentration in Physical Therapist Assisting could possibly pursue a career in a wide array of settings including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Skilled nursing
  • Extended care facilities
  • Sports training facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Homes
  • Schools
  • Occupational environments
  • Fitness centers

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at ECPI University, School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA Campus and Richmond, VA Campus (Emerywood/West End Location) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.

The Richmond, VA program is an expansion of the accredited parent PTA program at ECPI University, School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA.

1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314
Phone: 703-706-3245
email: accreditation@apta.org
website: www.capteonline.org
website: Admissions and Outcomes Information

Outcomes

Student/Graduate Level Goals:

  • The PTA program is designed to help prepare graduates for entry-level practice as physical therapist assistants who will work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner.
  • The PTA program is designed to help prepare graduates to demonstrate entry-level critical thinking skills to effectively address patient care situations and to adapt to the rapidly changing challenges in healthcare and physical therapist assistant responsibilities.

Program Level Goals:

  • The PTA program is designed to help educate the students in cultural diversity, effective communication and professional behaviors.
  • The PTA education program is designed to help facilitate participation in community service and lifelong learning activities.
  • The PTA Program is designed to help provide a contemporary, comprehensive and evidence-based curriculum appropriate for an entry level physical therapist assistant.

Program Faculty Level Goals:

  • The PTA faculty is designed to engage in on-going professional development related to enhancing knowledge of contemporary physical therapy practice, pedagogy, and service.

Newport News Campus: Graduation rate for 2018 – 2019 is 85%. National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants pass rate 2018 – 2019 is: 87%. PTA graduates who sought employment that were employed within 12 months of graduation for 2018 – 2019 is 97%.

Richmond West Campus: Graduation rate for 2018 – 2019 is 85%. National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants pass rate for 2018 – 2019 is: 94%. PTA graduates who sought employment that were employed within 12 months of graduation for 2018 – 2019 is 93%.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), which requires the calculation of employment rates. These annual rates, as reported in the program’s Annual Accreditation Report (AAR), are calculated as the percentage of graduates who sought employment that were employed as a Physical Therapist Assistant within one year following graduation. This accreditor has established the employment rate threshold as the employment rate averaged over the most recent two years that is consistent with national trends as determined by annual reporting mechanisms. Therefore, this rate represents the program’s employment rate averaged over the most recent two years (graduating cohorts 2018 – 2019).

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