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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty. 

Physical therapist assistants are technically educated healthcare providers who work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to restore function when disease or injury results in pain and limited movement abilities.  Physical therapy intervention can also prevent further injury.  When a patient seeks physical therapy services, the physical therapist performs an initial evaluation and develops a plan of care.  The physical therapist assistant carries out the plan of care and reports the patient’s response to the supervising physical therapist.


The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant:

  • Within the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant, safely and effectively collect patient data and perform interventions identified in the plan of care established by the supervising physical therapist.
  • Complete accurate and timely documentation that follows the guidelines of state practice acts, the clinical setting, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Effectively manage daily operations of physical therapy services including scheduling, billing/reimbursement and quality assurance.
  • Implement individualized patient intervention(s) established by the physical therapist including modifications based on patient status, pathophysiology, and plan of care reporting changes to the supervising physical therapist.
  • Under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist, participate in coordinating continuity of care with patient, caregivers and members of the health care team concerning education, discharge planning and follow up care.

Responsibilities of a physical therapist assistant may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting the physical therapist during the evaluation;
  • Performing data collection (test and measurement) techniques;
  • Administering intervention treatments utilizing heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical current, water, light, massage, exercise programs, and balance activities,
  • Fitting and instructing patients in the use of assistive devices such as crutches, walkers, canes and wheelchairs;
  • Instructing patients in activities of daily living;
  • Documenting relevant aspects of patient care;
  • Maintaining and setting up treatment equipment;
  • Maintaining department inventories;
  • Participating in quality assurance activities;
  • Scheduling patients; and,
  • Performing as a manager of a rehabilitative services department.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program consists of a year of general courses followed by a year of technical course work and clinical experiences.

Additional Outcomes


Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hocking College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Mary Ann Simon, Program Manager at 740 753-6404 or email simonm@hocking.edu

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Total Credit Hours:
66.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$2,535.00

Class Hours: 49.0
Lab Hours: 63.5

Total Credit Hours:
66.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$2,535.00

Class Hours: 48.0
Lab Hours: 66.0

 

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  BIOS-1113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  HLTH-1101 Medical Terminology 2.00 0.00 2.00 $20.00
  PTA-1100 Introduction to Physical Therapy 1.00 0.00 1.00 $10.00
    Totals 11.00 2.00 12.00 $330.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  BIOS-1114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
  PSYC-1101 General Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  MATH-2250 Introductory Statistics 4.00 0.00 4.00 $132.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
    Totals 13.00 2.00 14.00 $357.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  BIOS-2201 Advanced Anatomy 2.00 2.00 3.00 $190.00
  PTA-2200 Fundamentals of Physical Therapy 3.00 4.00 4.00 $175.00
  PTA-2203 Physical Therapy Procedures 3.00 4.00 4.00 $175.00
  PTA-2211 Pathophysiology of Disease 2.00 0.00 2.00 $15.00
  PSYC-2151 Developmental Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
    Totals 13.00 10.00 16.00 $570.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  PTA-2202 Kinesiology 1.00 2.00 2.00 $125.00
  PTA-2204 Musculoskeletal Problems 2.00 2.00 3.00 $175.00
  PTA-2215 Principles of Exercise 1.00 2.00 2.00 -
  PTA-2210 Cardiopulmonary Function 1.00 2.00 2.00 $155.00
  PTA-2214 Rehabilitation Procedures 2.00 2.00 3.00 $275.00
  PTA-2208 PTA Directed Practice I 1.00 9.50 2.00 $228.00
    Totals 8.00 19.50 14.00 $958.00

  COURSE NO. FIFTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  PTA-2216 PTA Directed Practice II (Capstone) 1.00 15.00 4.00 $125.00
  PTA-2226 PTA Directed Practice III (Capstone) 1.00 15.00 4.00 $125.00
  PTA-2207 PTA Clinical Issues and Role Transition 1.00 0.00 1.00 $55.00
  ENGL-1104 Job Search Techniques 1.00 0.00 1.00 $15.00
    Totals 4.00 30.00 10.00 $320.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Hours: 11.00 Lab Hours: 2.00 Cost: $330.00

SECOND SEMESTER
Course Hours: 13.00 Lab Hours: 2.00 Cost: $357.00

THIRD SEMESTER
Course Hours: 13.00 Lab Hours: 10.00 Cost: $570.00

FOURTH SEMESTER
Course Hours: 7.00 Lab Hours: 24.00 Cost: $958.00

FIFTH SEMESTER
Course Hours: 4.00 Lab Hours: 30.00 Cost: $320.00

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hocking College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Mary Ann Simon, Program Manager at 740 753-6404 or email simonm@hocking.edu

Prospective PTA Students: TEAS Information

If you are planning to apply to the PTA program for the clinical year beginning August 2018, the deadline for submission of all materials is June 1, 2018.  Please check out your program completion information on your WEB ADVISOR account.

The TEAS will be available beginning Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  It is a four-hour test and is divided into the following categories: Reading, Math, Science, English. Cost is $70.00, and payable by credit card on the ATI website.

  • Register on-line at the ATI website
  • If you already have an existing ATI account, please log in using that information. If you do NOT have an account, you must create one prior to logging in
  • Follow the directions on the ATI website, school is Hocking and you must take the TEAS at Hocking, DVD 108.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled test time
  • When you come in to test bring a valid ID (State ID or Driver’s License-not your Hocking College ID), two number 2 pencils, and your ATI user name and ATI password
  • Calculators are permitted on the math portion of the exam and the college will provide
  • By clicking the “Register” button I agree to test on the selected date. I understand that I am responsible for repaying and rescheduling for a new test in the event that I am unable to attend my scheduled date
  • If a student is not satisfied with their score, they make retake the TEAS x2 –for a total of 3 attempts.  The best composite score will be used for the admission process.

 

To All PTA Students applying for Admission to the August 2019 class

  • The TEAS test is now available but before you sign up we want you to be successful on the TEAS.
  • The better you do on the TEAS the better chance that you will be admitted to the program.
  • Results of TEAS are good predictors of how you will do once admitted to the PTA Program. 
  • Historically students who score a 70 or above in reading and a composite of 60 or higher are successful in the program. 

 We have several resources available for you:

  • The TEAS is a Test of Essential Academic Skills- which include Reading, English, Math, Science
  • Study materials are available in the Hocking College Success Center-1st floor-Davidson Hall
  • Tutors and Educational Specialists are available to help you succeed-whether you want to work on study skills or specific areas on the TEAS test

ABOUT THE TEAS TEST

  • Test is scheduled for 4 hour blocks, and can be scheduled in morning and afternoon slots
  • Cost is $70.00 payable by credit card at the time of registration
  • Registration is at atitesting.com
    • You must create an account
    • Create username and password –this will be required to log in at the testing center on the test date
    • Click online store in the upper right corner
    • In the Register for column, click TEAS
    • Go to step 2: REGISTER FOR A TEAS SESSION
    • Make sure you are registering for TEAS for Allied Health
    • For school use drop down box to identify Hocking College
    • When you register, click on non PSI site

Once you complete the TEAS, the program will automatically have access to your score.  You are able to retake the TEAS a maximum of three times.  For admission, the program will use your best composite score.


The following changes have been implemented effective May 5, 2014.

Students desiring to be selected into the clinical year of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program (semesters three, four and five) beginning autumn 2016 will:

  • Apply to the Hocking College Physical Therapist Assistant program (admission to the first year – semesters one and two – of the PTA program).  Once your file is complete, you will be considered for admission to the 2nd year of the program.  Application.  Students must have a completed file by June 1 of each year to be considered for August admission.
  • Submit an official high school transcript or GED.
  • Complete all semester one and semester two course work with a grade of “C” or higher. Students may take a class no more than two times to earn the “C” or higher grade.  If the student does not achieve the required grade in two attempts they are not eligible for the PTA program.
  • Obtain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. This applies to courses completed at Hocking College as well as credits transferred from another institution.
  • Students with transferable college credit will request that an official transcript be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar, JL 253 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764.
  • Complete 50 observation/volunteer hours. Twenty (20) hours must be completed in an acute care setting, and thirty (30) hours must be completed in a non-acute setting such as a clinic, rehab or long-term care center OR the equivalent in full-time or part-time employment  in a physical therapy department.  Observation hours must be performed no more than two years prior to the date of application to Hocking College. Completion of these hours must be submitted on the Hocking College observation log form found on the Hocking College website.
  • Obtain two positive recommendations from the Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), not related to the applicant, under whom you observed or were employed.
  • Recommendations must be completed on the Hocking College PTA recommendation form found on the Hocking College website.
  • Complete the TEAS V exam and submit the score. The test score must be dated within the past 18 months to be eligible for selection into the clinical year of the program. Information related to the TEAS exam schedule will be available on the program’s website.
  • Applicants will be rank ordered and admitted based upon their grade point average and TEAS score using the following calculations:
    • Student GPA/4.0= % x 100 — For example: GPA 3.2/4.0= .80 x 100 = 80 points
    • TEAS scores: Adjusted Individual Subtest Score in each category added together (Reading + Math + Science + English)/400 = % x 100 — For example: Reading 76 + Math 76 + Science 60 + English 80 = 292/400 = .73 x 100 = 73
    • Total GPA points: 80
    • TEAS points: 73
    • Total: 153

 It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements have been met and verified with their advisor. Selection of the students will be completed in early June for admission into the autumn semester.

Applicants will be notified of selection via US Mail.  Please do not call for information regarding the selection results. Those not selected will be rank ordered on an alternate list.

If a selected student declines their seat before July 1 the first student on the alternate list will be offered that seat. The process will continue until all seats are filled. Students who remain on the alternate list after July 1 along with other applicants, for the next year.  Alternate list placement does not guarantee a seat for the following year.

Hocking College advisors are available to help you; answer questions about the selective admissions process; develop a student educational plan to meet your goals; and assist with general education course registration. To schedule an advising appointment, contact the PTA Program Director at 740.753.6404. We look forward to assisting you with your career goals.


Forms

 PTA Observation Timesheet PTA Volunteer Experience Form

 


Additional Resources

A Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant offers a flexible future

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants are technically educated healthcare providers who work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to restore function when disease or injury results in pain and limited movement abilities. 

Physical therapy intervention can also prevent further injury.  When a patient seeks physical therapy services, the physical therapist performs an initial evaluation and develops a plan of care. 

 Physical Therapist Assistants are employed in a variety of settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health settings, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and school systems. 

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PTA PROGRAM STATS

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Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant:

  • Within the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant, safely and effectively collect patient data and perform interventions identified in the plan of care established by the supervising physical therapist.
  • Complete accurate and timely documentation that follows the guidelines of state practice acts, the clinical setting, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Effectively manage daily operations of physical therapy services including scheduling, billing/reimbursement and quality assurance.
  • Implement individualized patient intervention(s) established by the physical therapist including modifications based on patient status, pathophysiology, and plan of care reporting changes to the supervising physical therapist.
  • Under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist, participate in coordinating continuity of care with patient, caregivers and members of the health care team concerning education, discharge planning and follow up care.
 Download 2017-2018 Data

 

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 45%
2015 - 2016 52%
2014 - 2015 31%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    _________________________________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 4.46%
2015 - 2016 20%
2014 - 2015 33.62% 

 

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hocking College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Mary Ann Simon, Program Manager at 740 753-6404 or email simonm@hocking.edu

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