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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Applied Science

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares students for entry level practice as Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA); provision of physical therapy services under the supervision and direction of the Physical Therapist (PT). This includes collecting of data and/or patient interventions; making appropriate judgements; modifying interventions within the PT's established plan of care; participating in discharge planning and follow up care; documenting the care provided; educating and interacting with PT and PTA students, aides, volunteers, patients, families and caregivers, and demonstrating an understanding of the significance and impact of cultural and individual differences. Physical Therapist Assistants contribute to society and the profession through the provision of PT services, teaching and administration.

PTA Job Duties

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) work under the supervision of physical therapists in providing specific patient services for the prevention or alleviation of physical impairment. It is an interesting, varied, people-oriented, hands-on occupation.

Career Possibilities

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PTA Program Information

Pre-Admission Information Time Commitment, Tuition, Travel, & Additional Cost

The following information has been gathered to help the prospective Physical Therapist Assistant student make an informed decision concerning participation in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mott Community College.

Time Commitment

The PTA program requires a large time commitment for classroom hours, study, open labs, check-offs and clinical participation. Expect to study two hours for each lecture hour. Some evening and weekend classes may be required when enrolled in the program. Classes may be scheduled as early as 8:00 am and end as late as 7:00 pm. The student will not be in school all of these hours, but in any semester you may have a varied schedule. Students are typically in class 14-21 hours per week during the program. Clinical practice courses are scheduled each semester or session beginning in the Spring Session of Year One. The student must follow their clinical instructor’s (CI) schedule. This may be anywhere between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM. The final PTA Clinical is scheduled during the Spring Session of Year Two of the program. Students are in the clinic for eight weeks, 40 hours per week. The student must follow their CI’s schedule.

Some students are able to work 15-20 hours per week in the Fall and Winter Semester of Year Two, but more than this may result in being unable to keep up with the material and maintain the required grades to continue in the program.

Tuition

Tuition is based on contact hours. Currently (subject to change) one contact hour at MCC is $122.50 (plus enrollment and technology fee) for in-district residents and $177.96 (plus enrollment and technology fee) for out-of-district residents. For the Fall and Winter of Year Two the student will be registering for 23 contact hours. In the Spring Session, the student is registering for 10-12 contact hours in each session.

Please see the /cashier/cashier_tuition.shtml schedule for actual costs. The Board of Trustees of the College may raise tuition as necessary. Approximate tuition cost for a College in-district resident for 1st year students is $7544 2nd plus lab fees and $8373 for 2nd year students. For a Michigan out-of-district resident is approximately $10,428 plus lab fees (See next page) 1st year students and $11,977 plus lab fees 2nd year students (See next page).

Additional Expected Cost

Year One
Winter Semester Lab fees: $35 A recent physical examination(no older than six months) is required with paperwork COMPLETED and turned in during the Winter Semester (January 15th) at the Health Sciences Office in the Curtis Mott Building in Flint (May cost up to $200/depending on health insurance). A delay in this may impede progress in the PTA program and delay graduation. The physical examination form is available in the Division of Health Sciences office in the Curtis-Mott building on the main campus A criminal background check is required before orientation to the program (approx $70-80).
Rubber soled (gym type) shoes, elastic waist shorts and a tank top for labs
A stethoscope is not required but strongly recommended ($7-$30)
A goniometer (measuring instrument) is required ($15-$30)
A watch with a second hand is required. ($6.00 and up), a name badge ($6.00)
Lace-up or Velcro: Tennis/sneaker type shoes ($25-$75)
LICENSE APPLICATION FEE – Michigan = $135.00
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/cis_fhs_bhser_ptaltdpkt_292578_7.pdf
NATIONAL LICENSE EXAM FEE = $370 (total cost approximately $638)
Year One: Spring Semester
Lab fees: $15
Stethoscope is required ($7-$30)
A white hip or knee length lab coat or other professional clothing as described by the program is required ($20-$50).
Year Two: Fall Semester Lab fees: $20 Year Two: Winter Semester Lab fees: $45 Year Two: Spring Semester Lab fees: $35

Travel

Reliable transportation is required for Spring Session Year One. During this session and all of Year Two, part of the student's training includes clinical practice. The students will be traveling to health care settings in the Spring Session Year One, Fall Semester Year Two and in the Winter Semester Year Two for their clinical practice. Students will then travel to a clinical site for eight weeks (forty hours per week) in the Spring Session of Year Two. Students may be required to drive as long as 75 minutes from their home to participate in clinical practice. Some of the clinical sites are not within commuting distance of the campus. Clinical sites are selected based on obtaining a well-rounded variety of learning experiences for the student and student interest. Clinical sites are not based solely on location. Students may travel up to 70 miles to their clinical. The faculty chooses the clinical sites with student input concerning their interests. It is possible to arrange a special affiliation (at a site not already contracted with Mott Community College PTA program) if enough advance notice is given (6 to 12 months prior to scheduling the clinical internship).

Textbooks

Cost of required textbooks varies by the term. The cost generally varies from $250 to $450.

Grades

Students must receive at least a "2.0" for each Occupational Related courses. The students must pass each practical examination at 80% to continue in the program, one re-take is allowed. The grading scale for the PTA Program at present is as follows:
60 = 0.0
60-66% = 1.0
67-72% = 1.5
73-77% = 2.0
78-82% = 2.5
83-87% = 3.0
88-91% = 3.5

92-100% = 4.0
The scale for PTA Program courses that are graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory is as follows:
Satisfactory 80-100%
Unsatisfactory 0-79%
**Mott Community College will not discriminate in any of its admissions, educational programs/activities or employment policies or practices on the basis of race, gender, age, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, physical or mental handicap, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.

Printable Pre-Admission Information Sheet - regarding Physical Examination, Time Commitment, Tuition, Travel, and Additional Cost

PTA Eligibility Waiting Listing and Admission to Program

Criteria to be placed on the waiting list and to qualify for admissions include:

  1. Comprehension Level II on MCC Placement Test
  2. 100 level Math or test out by placing into MATH-130 (see pathway)
  3. Complete a minimum of (8) hours of Physical Therapy observation/job shadowing
  4. Submission of Supplemental Application for the PTA program and job shadowing verification form.
  5. NOTE: A Criminal Background Check must be completed prior to orientation.
    Seven year limit on science courses before entry into the first year to the PTA program.
    If outdated, AHLT 150 can be taken versus repeating BIOL 151 and BIOL 152.

Note: *Placement on the PTA Eligibility List does not guarantee admission into the PTA program. A maximum of 24 students are admitted to the program each year. Deadline dates for receipt of Supplemental Application and Verification of Physical Therapy Observation are January 15th, May 15th and September 15th of each year. Students are placed on the eligibility list three times per year in order of matriculation date (semester first attended courses) at MCC.

PTA program complaint process

PTA program complaint process: If you have any concerns or complaints, please contact the PTA Program Coordinator, Dr. Anar Guru, PT, DPT at 810-762-5021. If your concern or complaint is not resolved, please then contact the Dean of Health Sciences, Rebecca Myszenski, PT, DPT, at 810-762-0317.

PTA forms and Student Handbook

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 63
  • Contact Hours: 109.75

Recommended Math Pathway: MATH-120

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 or ENGL-103 and ENGL-102 or ENGL-104

Degree Pathway

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Year One
Fall
ENGL-101
  or
ENGL-103
English Composition I
  or
Composition for Technical Fields I
3
  or
3
3
  or
3
BIOL-151
  and
BIOL-151L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  and
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
4
  and
0
3
  and
3
MATH-120Intermediate Algebra 44
HEALTH-125CPR 11
PSYC-281General Psychology 33
OTPT-113* and OTPT-113L*Applied Anatomy
  and
Applied Anatomy Lab
3
  and
0
2
  and
3
Total 1822
Winter
ENGL-102
  or
ENGL-104
English Composition II
  or
Composition for Technical Fields II
3
  or
3
3
  or
3
BIOL-152
  and
BIOL-152L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  and
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
  and
0
3
  and
3
PTA.-102*
  and
PTA.-102L*
Physical Therapy I
  and
Physical Therapy I Lab
2
  and
0
1
  and
3
OTPT-100*Physical Medicine Terminology 11
PTA-114*PTA Data Collection 13
Total 1117
Spring / Summer
AHLT-113Multicultural Health 11
PTA.-104
  and
PTA.-104L
  and
PTA.-104C
Physical Therapy II
  and
Physical Therapy II Lab
  and
Physical Therapy II Clinic
4
  and
0
  and
0
1.5
  and
3
  and
5.5
Total 511
Year Two
Fall
PTA.-202*
  and
PTA.-202L*
Musculoskeletal Interventions I
  and
Musculoskeletal Interventions I Lab
5
  and
0
3.5
  and
4.5
PTA.-210*
  and
PTA.-210L*
Rehabilitation Procedures I
  and
Rehabilitation Procedures I Lab
5
  and
0
3.5
  and
4.5
PTA.-270*Clinical Practice I 26
PTA.-271*Health Care Management 11
Total 1323
Winter
PTA.-204*
  and
PTA.-204L*
Musculoskeletal Conditions II
  and
Musculoskeletal Conditions II Lab
3
  and
0
1.5
  and
4.5
PTA.-212*
  and
PTA.-212L*
Rehabilitation Procedures II
  and
Rehabilitation Procedures II Lab
3
  and
0
2.5
  and
1.5
PTA.-205*
  and
PTA.-205L*
Life Span
  and
Life Span Lab
1
  and
0
0.5
  and
1.5
PTA.-208*
  and
PTA.-208L*
Physical Agents
  and
Physical Agents Lab
3
  and
0
2
  and
3
PTA.-280*Clinical Practice II 26
Total 1223
Spring / Summer
PTA.-290*
  and
PTA.-290L*
Clinical Practice III
  and
Clinical Practice III Lab
2
  and
4
6
  and
10.8
Total 616.8
Notes
*PTA coordinator signature required

PTA FAQs

General Duties

  • Assisting the physical therapist in collection of information about the patient. This may include performance of varied tests to determine limitations or changes in range of motion, strength, functional ability, or neurological status.
  • Administer treatment interventions such as therapeutic exercises to condition, strengthen or stretch muscles.
  • Administer treatment interventions to decrease pain, muscle spasm, or swelling through the use of physical agents such as light, heat, water and/or electricity.
  • Education of patients and/or their families in exercise activities of daily living, self-care and other health care promotion areas.
  • Observing the effects of various treatments and modifying the treatment within the plan of care established by the physical therapist.

What kind of classes will I need to take at MCC?

In addition to general education classes required of all students seeking associate's degrees, in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program you will study anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, physical science, psychology, therapeutic procedures and modalities, medical terminology, and rehabilitation procedures. All PTA laboratory courses are held at the Southern Lakes Branch Center - Fenton. PTA lecture courses, as well as General Education courses are offered at both SLBC and the Main campus. As you advance in your studies you will take part in a clinical practice and internship in which you will apply your knowledge and skills to actual patient care under the close supervision of a physical therapist.

What are my career options and job opportunities in this field?

Salaries vary depending upon location within the state. For current Salary information visit salary.com. There are PTA employment opportunities in the physical therapy departments of acute care hospitals, rehabilitations centers, outpatient clinics, school systems, industrial clinics, sports medicine centers, nursing homes, and home health care agencies.

What about cooperative, internship, or apprentice opportunities?

The Mott Community College PTA program is affiliated with approximately 65 physical therapy centers within a 70-mile radius of the college. Your part-time clinical practicums are scheduled at these facilities. Full-time internships may be local or out-of-state. There are many volunteer opportunities at local outpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, children's camps or with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

What degree will I hold when I finish?

When you complete the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mott Community College you are a candidate for an Associate in Applied Science degree.

All PTA laboratory courses are held at the Southern Lakes Branch Center - Fenton.

Some PTA lecture courses are offered at the main campus. General Education courses are offered at both SLBC and the main campus.

The program coordinator will answer specific questions and assist you with scheduling: 810-762-5021 or 810-762-0317.

Accreditation Status and Relevant Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mott Community College is accredited by:
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
703-706-3245
accreditation@apta.org
www.capteonline.org.

Sources of additional information are:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
    1111 Fairfax St. Alexandria,
    VA 22314-1488
    www.apta.org
  • Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    P.O. Box 21236
    Lansing MI 48909
    www.mpta.com

Graduation rates & National Examination pass rates

Graduation Year # Students Graduated # Students Enrolled Percentage
Graduated
Percentage of Graduates Employed with in 6 months of passing the licensure exam
2013 22 24 92% 100%
2014 14 ** 21* 67% 100%
2015 19 22 86% 100%
2016 19 20 95% tba

*enrolled student number in the winter semester of the 1st year of the PTA Program
** there are additional students of this group with anticipated graduation of this year

Graduation Year # students that took the NPTE #NPTEs passed Percentage passed
2013 21 21 100%
2014 15 14 93%
2015 19 18 95%
2016 19 19 100%

** = National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination National average summary data is provided at the Commission on Accreditation in: Physical Therapy Education web site

 

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August 29, 2016
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