Physical Therapist Assistant
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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For a complete list of courses, please see our college catalog.
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- 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)
- A total of 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.
- Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs and College Algebra with a minimum 2.5 GPA
- The program accepts one class per year with a maximum of 25 students.
- Deadline for file completion for fall classes is March 31st.
- 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; completion of documented observation; documented military service/certificates; 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).
- 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 class.
- Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hinds Community College is accredited by:
If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Pam Chapman, Program Director, 601.376.4825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Angie Burt, LPTA
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education