Physical Therapist Assistant

  • About this Program

    Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs implement selected components of patient treatment, obtain data related to treatment and make modifications as directed by a physical therapist. PTAs assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform daily functional activities.

    BCCC’s two-year Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares students to work as PTAs in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care and sub-acute facilities, out-patient clinics, private practices, schools and pediatric centers.

     

    Vision:

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baltimore City Community College strives to be the leader in the state of Maryland that produces quality Physical Therapist Assistants, who will impact future trends in Physical Therapy practice and add value to their own lives as well as the health care community.

    Mission:

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baltimore City Community College provides an accessible and affordable quality education in rehabilitation to a diverse student population within Baltimore City and its surrounding areas. The program responds to the changing needs of the health care community by providing the academic, technical, and life skills training needed to produce graduates who are qualified to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants and become successful licensed Physical Therapist Assistants.

     

Accreditation

  • The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baltimore City Community 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: www.capteonline.org. This accreditation classification is granted to an educational program achieving or exceeding the basic requirements for the accreditation period granted.

    Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) to qualify for licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant. BCCC’s PTA program provides an extraordinary opportunity for students interested in entering the Physical Therapy field, and who have as their goal the furtherance of their education and professional development. By law, the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners may deny licensure for a variety of reasons. These include conviction of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude, if the nature of the offense bears directly on the fitness of the person to practice Physical Therapy.

    Acquisition of Physical Therapy competency is developed through a combination of college-based lectures and skills laboratories, as well as direct involvement with patient care during part-time and full-time clinical internships. Successful completion of all courses in the PTA program, including any necessary remedial coursework, will lead to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Physical Therapist Assisting.

    BCCC’s two-year Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students to work as Physical Therapist Assistants in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care and sub-acute facilities, out-patient clinics, private practices, schools and pediatric centers.

    The program is designed to prepare graduates to become respected members of the Physical Therapy team, providing direct patient care under the general supervision of a Physical Therapist. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is located on the second floor of the Student Services Wing in the Main Building of the Liberty Campus.

    The Licensure/certification examination pass rates:

    FY 2013 = 100%
    FY 2014 = 100%
    FY 2015 = 100%
    FY 2016 = 100%
    FY 2017 = 85.7%

Skills You Will Learn

  • Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program learn how to:

    • Apply knowledge of the structure and function of the normal human body while delivering patient care within an established plan of care
    • Perform safe, effective, and entry-level physical therapy services such as assisted movement, exercise treatment and heat/cold therapy under the guidance of a physical therapist
    • Interpret and implement a treatment plan
    • Educate client or caregivers in therapeutic exercise, functional training in self-care and work integration and reintegration

    PTA students need manual dexterity and excellent critical thinking skills. They must demonstrate universal precautions, proper body mechanics, be able to lift persons and objects in excess of 100 pounds and tolerate prolonged standing, stooping, pushing and bending.

Career Pathways

  • The Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares students for employment in a variety of different settings that include:

    • Hospitals
    • Extended care facilities
    • Home health care
    • Wellness centers
    • Outpatient practices

    Learn more about national and state employment trends and wage data on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website www.bls.gov under overview of BLS wage data by area and occupation.

Program Faculty

Selective Admissions Requirements

    • Pre-requisites for the Program (14-15 credits) and all transcripts from other institutions must be completed prior to admission for the fall semester.

    • A video and quiz must be completed.
    • A Purpose Statement (350 words minimum) should be submitted with the program application: 1) Please describe your academic experiences and either your work experience, volunteer experience, or observational experience; 2) Please explain why you wish to gain entry into the PTA program; and 3) How will this program help you contribute to the broader community?

    • Please see the PTA application packet for additional details. 

    • Interested students must submit applications to the Selective Admissions Counselor for the following fall admission: 410-462-8411.