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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Physical Therapy 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.

Employment Opportunities

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

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.

Accreditation Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hinds Community College is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: 703.706.3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Web: 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.

Admission Requirements and Program Information

  1. Application for Admission to Hinds Community College.
  2. Application for Selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC).
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. 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.
  7. Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs and College Algebra with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  8. The program accepts one class per year with a maximum of 25 students.

Process for Selection

  1. Deadline for file completion for fall classes is March 31st.
  2. 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 subscores; 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

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