Associate of Applied Science Degree
The PTA program prepares students to become licensed physical therapist assistants who, under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, work with patients to improve mobility and function. Treatments may include prescribed exercises for strength, coordination, balance and flexibility as well as the application of various modalities to reduce pain, inflammation and to promote healing. A licensed physical therapist assistant may work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, sports medicine facilities, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, in-home care and schools. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the state licensing examination.
In addition to the 2.0 GPA required for graduation, all students enrolled in the program must achieve a "C" or better in each Physical Therapist Assistant course. Students failing to maintain a "C" average in all course work or who obtain a "D" or "F" in a PTA course will be dismissed from the program and may be readmitted only one time on a space available basis. Please see Owens Community College Course Catalogue for specific readmission criteria.
Professional Course Format
Theory is presented in lectures. Students learn hands-on application skills during class laboratories. This provides a foundation of knowledge for students to refine skills during their clinical education. Students participate in approximately 700 clinical education hours before graduation. Students must complete a physical exam prior to starting their clinical education and are responsible for the costs (approx. $300).
The Physical Therapist Assistant program accepts 26 students once a year for enrollment starting Fall semester. There is a May 15 application deadline each year. Twenty-four hours of verified observation in a physical therapy setting are required as part of the application. Please see the Observation Hours form for additional information.
The PTA program is subdivided into pre-PTA classes and professional PTA classes. See the College Catalog for the complete course listing.
Faculty belong to, and students are highly encouraged to belong to the American Physical Therapist Association. Students also have opportunity to join the student Physical Therapist Assistant organization.
Facilities and Equipment
Owens Community College offers students state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including a dedicated physical therapy lecture/lab room. Students will be able to access the 80,000+ sq.ft. Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC).
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Licensure Pass Rate
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy reported that the ultimate pass rate for Owens PTA graduates of 2010, 2011 and 2012 cohorts was 98.3%.
Responses to a survey sent out to Owens PTA graduates of 2008, 2009, and 2010 indicated that 100% of graduates who sought employment were successful in securing full-time, part-time or on-call jobs.