Physical Therapist Assistant

About

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) 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 Physical Therapist 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.

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Curriculum

For a complete list of courses, please see our college catalog.

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Admission Requirements

  • 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 or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, TASC™, or Mississippi Competency-Based High School Equivalency). (For currently enrolled high school students, an updated transcript, validating high school graduation, will be required prior to beginning the program.).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  • ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs and College Algebra with a minimum 2.5 GPA on the highest of all attempts.
  • 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.
  • The program accepts one class per year with a maximum of 25 students.

Selection Process

  • Applications for Selection will be available January 1st thru March 31 with all admissions requirements due by March 31.
  • Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents by the March 31st deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes: ACT Composite Score with sub-scores; documented military service; highest previous certificate or degrees and grades in Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs and College Algebra (only the higher of a student’s first two attempts in the required science and math courses will be considered in the rating scale).
  • Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hinds Community 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: accreditation@apta.org
website: http://www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Pam Chapman, Program Director, 601-376-4825 or email ptchapman@hindscc.edu.

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

Contact

Pam Chapman
Chairperson
601-376-4825
Angie Burt, LPTA
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
601-376-4837
Program Entry Navigators
601-376-4807
Cooper McCachren
Nursing and Allied Health Center Advisor
601-376-4803
Christie Adair
Nursing and Allied Health Center Advisor
601-376-4813
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