Physical Therapist Assistant
The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is a two-year program of study that prepares a PTA to perform interventions under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner. PTAs enhance the delivery of physical therapy services by providing delegated interventions, assisting the PT with data collection, communicating with other members of the health care delivery team, interacting with members of the patient's family and caregivers, and working cooperatively with other health care providers.
Upon graduation the student is eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for licensure.
Students successfully completing the program receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Graduates are eligible to take the state licensure examination. PTAs are involved in the care of patients from birth to geriatrics. They are able to work in specialized areas that include pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology, sports medicine, ergonomics, cardiac rehabilitation, wound care, burn management, amputation rehabilitation and pain management. Employment settings may include hospitals, outpatient clinics, long term care facilities, home health agencies, schools and private clinics.
Information sessions are held at the Nursing/Allied Health Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m., except holidays. These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to talk with faculty, counselors, and financial aid representatives and to tour school labs.
The PTA Program at Hinds Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Department of Accreditation
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission Requirements and Program Information
Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS
- Application for Admission to Hinds Community College.
- Application for Selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
- Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, GED® equivalency transcript, or college transcript.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
- ACT composite score of 18 (if taken before October 1989 - 15).
- Sixteen hours of documented observation with a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in at least two different clinical settings. Documentation must be submitted by March 31st. (Contact Chairperson for details at 601-376-4825)
- Physical Therapy Observation/Experience Form
Process for Selection:
- Deadline for file completion for fall classes is March 31st.
- Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes: ACT Composite Score with sub-score; Completion of documented observation; Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs and College Algebra (only the first two attempts in required Science and Math Courses will be considered for selection into the program); and previous military service/certificates/degrees.
- Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new application for selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
Prerequisites by first PTA class:
- Must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs and College Algebra with a 2.5 GPA.
- All required courses must be completed with a “C” or above, and Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first physical therapist assistant class. Upon Admission: Students are required to furnish a current health form signed by a physician. The health form that lists what required health information and test needed can be obtained from the Hinds Community College website. This health information is necessary to go to the clinical sites for clinical training that will begin in the Fall semester of the first year. Therefore, it must be completed and submitted to Angie Burt, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education by the end of the second week of the first fall semester.
The health form should include proof of immunization for measles and rubella.
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