The field of Physical Therapy is continually evolving and the demand for these professionals is expanding nationally. Students majoring in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Mount Aloysius College benefit from the close support of outstanding faculty who are committed to your success. Class sizes are kept small, offering students a warm, close-knit learning environment. The program takes (5) semesters to complete with graduation in late August after completion of full-time clinical placements in the summer of the second year.
Aimed at helping patients maximize physical function; this career path offers years of fulfilling engagement as a respected paraprofessional. Graduates of the Mount Aloysius Physical Therapist Assistant program need academic focus and the ability to put the well-being of their patients first.
Students pursuing this profession at Mount Aloysius enjoy the support of an experienced and caring faculty and quality clinical partners. Their commitment is focused on helping you gain the knowledge and experience needed to excel; successfully navigating the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination, and entering this exciting profession with competency and compassion.
Mount Aloysius College offers students enrolled in the PTA program the opportunity to continue on to complete a Bachelor’s degree enabling them to be eligible to apply to a Physical Therapy program. They can work as a PTA once they have passed the National Exam and work as a PTA while pursuing a higher degree.
Upon completion of the Associate of Science Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program, the graduate will:
perform as a competent and skilled physical therapist assistant at the entry level, having an in-depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences, relative to patient/client management from the simplest to the most complex patient conditions;
apply knowledge to prevent, correct and/or alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunctions;
function in a clinical team atmosphere, appropriately referring patients/clients to other healthcare providers/agencies/ resources within the context of managed patient care;
demonstrate awareness for the commitment to a pursuit of personal and professional development and growth, becoming lifelong learners seeking experiences necessary to remain current with changes in healthcare policy and patient care;
demonstrate competency in the use of current and emerging technologies in providing physical therapy services across the continuum of patient care;
demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Core Values, and Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy as a guide for practice;
demonstrate advocacy skills for the professional and the consumer; and
be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) to enable entry-level employment in the physical therapy field.
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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mount Aloysius College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Emily Houseknecht at 814-886-6533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minimum Requirements for Eligibility for Admissions
Completed work equal to standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units, including four units of English, three units of a social studies, two units of mathematics and two units of science with a related laboratory.
One course in chemistry or physics, one course in algebra and one course in biology at either high school or college level with a minimum grade of “C.” Note: Higher grades in the sciences are indicative of success in the program and will be taken into consideration for admission purposes.
Students transferring into the program from another major within the College, transferring from Pre-Physical Therapy Assistant (PTAP), or transferring in from another College must have a minimum of a 2.75 overall GPA, have completed BIOL 201 (Anatomy and Physiology I) with a “C” or better and completed at least 6 credits successfully per semester enrolled.
Students transferring into the program from a Physical Therapist Assistant or Doctor of Physical Therapy program at a different institution will be required to complete the physical therapist assistant specific course work at Mount Aloysius College, including clinical rotations, regardless of courses completed at another college. Students may transfer in general education and medical terminology credits.
Note: Meeting minimum program requirements does not approve program entry.
PTA Program Acceptance and Matriculation Rates
* Acceptance Rate refers to the percentage of applicants who met the admission criteria for entrance into the PTA program at Mount Aloysius College.
**Matriculation Rate refers to the percentage of accepted applicants who actually attended the PTA program at Mount Aloysius College.