• The PTA program is a two-year 65-70-credit course of study. • Prerequisites comprise 14-19 credits that must be completed before entry. • 11 credits of additional required courses can be taken before entry. • The remaining 40 credits (PTT) must be taken in sequence over two years. • Students must be accepted for entry into the Program and start in the fall. • Students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS).
• Students combine academic study in PTA procedures, anatomy, kinesiology, and medical conditions with clinical education and practice.
• Program graduates are prepared for successful employment in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, schools, and out-patient clinics. • Graduates must take a national exam to qualify for licensure. • They work under the supervision of licensed Physical Therapists. • They treat patients suffering from physical disabilities due to disease, injury, or post-surgery with the purpose of improving their function, strength, and mobility.
• They implement the treatment plan using a variety of procedures, modalities, therapeutic exercises, functional training, and patient education.
• There is an increasing public awareness of the importance of rehabilitation and wellness and a demand for services. • More positions are opening up in hospitals, Extended Care Facilities, Home Health, Wellness Centers, and Private Practices as the general population needs more health care. • The variety of physical therapy settings continues to increase nationwide. • Job opportunities in the metropolitan area continue to increase. • Full-time, Part-time, week-end and PRN (as needed) positions are available. • Full time salaries for new graduates vary, but are currently start at ~ $45-50,000 per year.
• Hospitals pay a little less than private clinics, but have better benefits.
• Part-time and PRN hourly rates are ~$30 - 50 per hour
Selective Admissions Requirements
• Pre-requisites for the Program (14-19 credits) and all transcripts from other institutions must be completed prior to admission for the fall semester. • Written verification of 30 hours observation/volunteer work in a physical therapy setting via the Admission's Recommendation Form and a 2 page Reflection Essay of ones observation/volunteer work in a physical therapy setting, must be submitted with the PTA application packet. • Interested students must submit applications to the Selective Admissions Counselor for the following fall admission: 410-462-8411.
Allied Health Office
PTA Program Coordinator
James M. Dyett, Jr., PTA, LMT, M.Ed., PhD.