The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares you to become a physical therapist assistant (PTA) and perform selected components of interventions and data collection under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The curriculum combines general education and physical therapy courses. Various facilities are utilized for clinical experiences. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the national licensing examination for the physical therapist assistant. Enrollment in this program is limited; therefore, a selective admissions process is followed. Students enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each required general education course; a minimum grade of “C” in each required PTA didactic course; and a grade of pass in each clinical practicum course to complete the program.
For program course requirements, consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that this field is expected to grow at a very fast pace (greater than 36%) through the year 2010 due to the rapid growth in the number of middle-aged and elderly individuals. Employment opportunities median annual earnings in 2006 $41,410, and the employment growth rate from 2006-2016 is 25%.
Physical Therapist Assistants are among the top 10 fastest growing jobs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky according to the Kentucky Department for Employment Services, Research and Statistics Branch. The projected employment growth rate from 1998-2008 is 47.5%. Jobs in physical therapy and other fields can be found through Madisonville Community College's Career Services Listings.
PTA is a selective admission program accepting 16 students each year. The deadline for the application process is October 1 annually.
In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must meet the following minimum standards:
Preference may be given to applicants who:
Applicants will earn points based on certain levels of performance (see Point System for Admission). Applicants that meet the minimum standards for admission requirements will be considered qualified applicants. All qualified applicants will be required to participate in a formal interview with the PTA Program Admission Committee. The intent of the interview is to evaluate the applicant’s qualities such as communication abilities and professional demeanor.
The PTA Program at MCC uses an online application process. Students interested in applying for admission to the PTA Program should email the PTA Program (email@example.com) during the open enrollment period to request access to the PTA Program Admissions e-Community course in Blackboard. Open enrollment will last from January 1 – October 1 annually.
You can obtain an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years. Following the completion of required general education coursework, and successful admission to the program, you will complete the technical component of the curriculum after three consecutive semesters. The program admits one cohort of students each year. Once admitted to the program, the technical component of the curriculum begins in January.
For questions about the PTA program, please contact:
Melinda Weil, Division Assistant
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.