Olympic College offers a two-year curriculum designed to prepare graduates to be employed as Physical Therapist Assistants. The curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) www. apta.org/capte. The program utilizes a selective admission process to enroll 24 students annually. The deadline for application to the program is April 30th, for Fall Quarter admission. The program offers a balance of general education courses, physical therapy theory and physical therapist assistant practice. Students accepted into the program will complete 640 hours of clinical education as part of the professional curriculum. Following acceptance, the professional phase of the program can be completed in six consecutive quarters. PTA program courses require a minimum 2.7 grade point or above to progress in the program. Clinical education courses are pass/fail. Graduates are prepared for immediate employment as physical therapist assistants (PTA) in various health care settings including hospitals, longterm care and skilled nursing facilities, private out-patient practice, school settings and home health. Students are prepared to take the national licensing examination for physical therapist assistants (NPTE).
- Same tuition as other OC students;
- TEAS and Accuplacer test prior to admission ($81 – TEAS, $20 Accuplacer)
- Laboratory fees (maximum $35/course);
- PTA student malpractice and liability insurance;
- Proof of health insurance;
- NPTE and WA State licensure exam fees;
- Washington State Patrol (WSP) background check ($10)
- Transportation to and from clinical facilities not located on campus.
- Completion of Prerequisite Courses with a 2.0 grade or higher in each course: BIOL& 175 and PHYS 110, or CHEM& 121 and BIOL& 241/242*.
- Note: Either BIOL& 175, or PHYS 110, or BIOL& 242 may be taken in spring quarter of the year the student anticipates entry to the PTA program. Such applicants may receive a ‘provisional admission’ if they have met all other requirements and have an adequate number of factor points. A grade of 2.0 or higher must be achieved or the provisional admission will be revoked.
- Reading Comprehension level score on the Accuplacer (or COMPASS) reading comprehension test. A score of 84 or higher (88 on COMPASS) must be achieved. Students with a previous Bachelor level degree or higher from an accredited college are not required to take the Accuplacer assessment.
- Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills Assessment (TEAS)
- Completion of Required Support Courses, with a required grade of 2.0 or higher, is recommended: PSYC& 100, MATH 099 (or higher), and ENGL& 101
- Note: Support courses must be complete by the end of the spring session of the first year of the program.
- Completion of 40 Total Hours of Volunteerism in at least two different physical therapy facilities. Hours must be documented on the Volunteer/Work Verification form.
- A faculty advisor must approve the program for degree/certificate completion.
*To meet graduation requirements, all prerequisite science courses must have been completed no more than ten years prior to graduation from the PTA program. If completion of the specified courses exceeds the time limit, the student may repeat the course(s) or challenge the course content through the Excelsior College Examination.
**Starting in 2016, all first-time applicants are restricted in the number of retakes for prerequisites and required support courses. For the purpose of factoring, if an applicant has retaken a course multiple times, only the second attempt will be considered.
Former Olympic College PTA students must submit a PTA application for admission and all credential requirements to be eligible to re-enroll. Upon the first academic or voluntary withdrawal a student is granted priority for readmission the following year, but must reapply to the program. Students with a second academic or voluntary withdrawal must reapply as a first year (new) student.
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Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
- Demonstrate occupational skills necessary to obtain employment as a physical therapist assistant.
- Function under the supervision of the physical therapist in a safe, legal, ethical and effective manner.
- Demonstrate professional behavior and communication skills necessary to effectively interact with clients and family members, members of the health care team, and other professional colleagues.
- Demonstrate critical problem solving to assist the supervising physical therapist in monitoring and modifying plan of care within the knowledge and limits of practice.
- Perform and document physical therapy data collection and interventions safely and efficiently under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
- Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
- Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities.