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Physical Therapist Assistant

healthcare workers

Improving the quality of patients' lives through movement.

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are licensed technical health care workers who, under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist, provide services to promote movement to reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. 

HCC's Physical Therapist Assistant associate career degree is a full-time, daytime, fall semester entry program designed for successful graduates to be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination needed for licensure and employment as skilled PTAs. In compliance with CAPTE standards, public results for the HCC Physical Therapist Assistant program's cohort student outcomes for graduation rate, licensure examination pass rate, and employment rate for the recent 2-year average are available in the PTA Program Outcomes Report.

The curriculum instructs students in safe and effective techniques for therapeutic soft tissue massage and other mobilization techniques, patient education, exercise training, use of modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound, and measuring patient/client response and performance changes as a result of the treatment provided. Essential to the student’s development as a PTA, the program includes clinical practice experience within a student skills lab as well as at a clinical site.

 
  • Accreditation

    The Physical Therapist Assistant degrees at Howard Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education(CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 443-518-3042 or email kcrivelli@howardcc.edu.  In compliance with CAPTE standards, public results for the HCC Physical Therapist Assistant program's cohort student outcomes for graduation rate, licensure examination pass rate, and employment rate for the recent 2-year average are available in the PTA Program Outcomes Report.

        
  • Admissions

    Students interested in this or any other HCC allied health or nursing program should first contact the Office of Admissions and Advising for any requirements and procedures supplemental to HCC's general application and enrollment process. Further information is available from the Nursing and Allied Health Admissions web page, or contacting the Allied Health team at 443-518-4230, alliedhealth@howardcc.edu, or RCF-242.

    Howard Community College celebrates diversity. HCC and its PTA program reflect and respect all differences in age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnic backgrounds, and ability/disability as well as the values of equal rights, equal access, and equal treatment.

  • Costs

    PTA Program Costs

    In addition to tuition, fees and textbooks, students enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program are notified that there are additional cost. They will be required to purchase specialized equipment and there are additional costs associated with travel to clinical education sites for the four clinical education courses PTAP-213, PTAP-214, PTAP-270 and PTAP-275.

    The following are additional fees that the student may encounter:

    Category

    Supply

    Approximate Price

    Uniform

    HCC Polo

    $42-45

    PTA Kit Measuring tape, Goniometers – 6 in and 12 in, Gait belt $55.98

    BP and Stethoscope

    BP and Stethoscope

    $61.98

    Health Clearance

    Health screening

    Criminal background check(s)

    Immunizations

    CPR

    $900.00

    Licensure Fees

    Varies per state but MD is…

    $150.00

    Licensure Examination

    FSBPT NPTE- National License Exam

    $485 (as of 1/1/2019)

     

    Total= $1,695-1,698

    Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the various clinical sites which may include tolls and parking fees.

    Total Cost with tuition, fees, textbooks, etc.

    · Public institution, in-district student: $15,098.00

    · Public institution, out of district student: $20,994.00

    These costs are subject to change. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the program director, Ken Crivelli, please call 443-518-3042 or email kcrivelli@howardcc.edu

 
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