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Why choose Physical Therapist Assistant at PPCC?

 

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTAs work in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home health
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Sports facilities
  • And more

PTAs must complete a 2-year associate of science degree and are licensed in most states. 

Care provided by a PTA may include:

  • Teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility
  • Strength and coordination
  • Training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • And the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.

 

Program Information

Graduation from a physical therapist [assistant] education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave. Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Pikes Peak Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Prerequisites For the PTA Program

Focuses on an integrated study of the human body including the histology, anatomy and physiology of each system. Examines molecular, cellular, and tissue levels of organization plus integuments, skeletal, articulations, muscular and nervous systems. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience covering microscopy, observations and dissection. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence. Prerequisite: BIO 111 (Grade of C or higher), Biology Placement Test with a score of 70 or higher, or permission of Department Chair or Advisor
Focuses on mechanics, heat, properties of matter, electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics. Incorporates laboratory experience. Prerequisite: CCR 092, MAT 050
Introduces the student to the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining the most common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures and imaging. Class structure provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the healthcare setting
Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Prerequisite: Next Gen Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 265, SAT 500, or MAT 050 (Grade of C or higher), or MAT 087 or concurrent enrollment Note: Next Gen Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 265-264 may be advised into MAT 107 and must be taken concurrently with MAT 091 or MAT 087

FAQ for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program

When can I enroll in classes?

The PTA program is currently in pre-accreditation process.  We submitted our application for candidcay  December 6th, 2021.  If we are approved for candidacy, we can enroll 20  students in the late spring of 2022 with a start date of the first class the Fall of 2022.  There will be an selective application process to enter the program.  Please, see application and information for the application process and required materials.  The 20 students that can enroll will be selected from the applicants.  This is not a direct enrollment program.   Please see a medical sciences advisor for more information and qualifications.

 

What campus will the program be located?

The program will be located and the Center for Health Education and Simulation (CHES):

1850 Cypress Semi Dr, Colorado Springs, CO. 80921.

 

What does a PTA do?

Physical therapist assistants provide physical therapist services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs implement components of patient care, obtain data related to the treatments provided, and collaborate with the PT to modify care as necessary.

 

Do I have to take the prerequisites before I apply?

The prerequisites are not required prior to entry the program but it is recommended completing them prior to application. Completing and passing those courses prior will increase your application score.  However, the courses will be offered in the Summer of the starting year of the program.  If you do not pass the course, you will have to apply again the next year and be disenrolled in the program.

 

Are there any physical requirements for the PTA program?

Sit 2-5 hours per day with lecture blocks up to 3 hours.

Stand 1-6 hours with lab time blocks up to 3 hours.

Lift up to 60 pounds.

Push/pull up to 50 pounds of force exerted at waist level.
Squat or stoop.

Use auditory, tactile, and visual senses to assess physiological status of an
individual.

Demonstrate good standing and unsupported sitting balance.

Demonstrate good finger dexterity

Coordinate verbal and manual instructions

Communicate effectively with a variety of people through written
verbal, and nonverbal methods.

Use hands repetitively

Shift weight in sitting or standing

Demonstrate the ability to use a firm grasp while using physical
therapy equipment and while performing physical therapy
interventions.

Reach above shoulder level.

Kneel, kneel-stand, and half kneel.

Use equipment that emits electrical, ultrasonic, and thermal energy.

Physically move and transfer patients

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be able to:
Work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and
professional manner. 

Implement a comprehensive treatment plan developed by a physical therapist
promoting optimal outcomes for patients.

Recognize the relationship between concepts learned from liberal arts and basic
science coursework and physical therapy knowledge and skills.

Demonstrate effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication in a culturally
competent manner with patients and their families, colleagues, other health care
providers, and the public.

Interact skillfully with patients across the life span.

Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and life-long learning

General Information Sheet About the PTA Program

 

PPCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program- Summer 2022 (Pending approval of Candidacy status from the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education)

Who Are Physical Therapist Assistants?

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs may also measure changes in the patient's performance because of the physical therapy provided.

Dr. Joseph Miller is the current Program Director/Dept. Chair for the Physical Therapist Assistant program. He is located at CHES| Medical Sciences Division Office and can be reached via 719-502-3486| joseph.miller@ppcc.edu. Please contact Dr. Joseph Miller if you have any program or application specific questions. Applications for the summer 2022 cohort will open Fall 2021.   Information sessions will also start Fall 2021 and run through the March 2022. 

The PPCC PTA Program is 80 academic weeks or ~2 years. There is only one cohort of 20 students per year.

2022 Program Requirements

·        Minimum of 2.5 GPA in the prerequisite classes for entry into the AAS Physical Therapist Assistant program

·        Attend the info session prior to application

·        Be at least 18 years of age

·        Complete an application (Available online from December 1st – March 1st)

·        Proof of all required immunizations before starting clinical rotations (summer 2023)

·        Current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR card (can be taken at PPCC or at an outside facility)

·        Pass a background check/drug test through PPCC sometime during the semester before clinicals begin (Spring I)

·        Interview with Dr. Joseph Miller and Dr. Dana Gregory, the Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator

·        Must receive acceptance to the program from Program Director

·        Applicants who are selected for an interview will be required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Allied Health examination (TEAS Adjusted Individual Total (AIT) Score of at least 50% - may be modified based on applicant pool)

Prerequisites for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

The following courses are recommended to be taken prior to application to the program.  However, they can be taken the first summer of the program start year.  If the courses are not passed prior to the fall, you will be unenrolled from the program and will have to apply again the next year.

·        HPR 139 Intro to Medical Terminology or equivalent

·        BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 111 Prerequisite or test out)

·        PHY 105 Conceptual Physics with a Lab

·        MAT 107 Career Math

·        Science classes more than 7 years old, will require program director approval to use without retaking classes.    

General Education Courses (can be taking prior to or during the program)

·        ENG 121 English Composition or ENG 131 Technical Writing (preferred)

·        PSY 101 Intro to Psychology

·        COM 115 Interpersonal Communication

·        Any General Education classes more than 10 years old, will require program director approval to use without retaking classes.

Required PTA Physical Therapist Assistant courses:

·        HPR 1017 Anatomical Kinesiology

·        PTA 1010 Basic Patient Care in Physical Therapy

·        PTA 1015 Principles and Practice in Physical Therapy

·        PTA 1020 Modalities in Physical Therapy

·        PTA 1024 Rehab Principles of Medical Management I

·        PTA 1031 Professional Communication I

·        PTA 1034 Rehab Principles of Medical Management II

·        PTA 1040 Clinical Kinesiology

·        PTA 1041 Professional Communication II

·        PTA 2005 Psychological Issues in Healthcare

·        PTA 2030 Orthopedic Assessment and Management

·        PTA 2031 Neurological Assessment and Management

·        PTA 2051 Professional Communication III

·        PTA 2078 PTA Seminar

Clinical Rotations (40 hours per week unpaid):

PTA 280 ~4 weeks long (160 hours) (Summer II)

PTA 281 ~7 weeks long (280 hours) (Spring II)

PTA 282 ~7 weeks long (280 hours) (Spring II)

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Pike Peak Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE.  On 6 December 2021, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

 

If you would like to learn more or have questions, please go to the Application and Information on the physical therapist assistant website and sign up for an information session (under information session tab) or request more information if not sessions are available. 

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PTA Faculty Contact

Dr. Joseph Miller, PT, DSc, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Joseph.miller@ppcc.edu

(719)-502-3486

Contact PTA Program

Complaints regarding the program should be first addressed to the PTA Program Director.

  • Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Director should be directed to the Dean of Heath, Wellness, and Public Safety.
  • All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility.
  • No retaliation will occur to the individual filing the complaint by the PTA Program or by the college.

Complaints regarding accreditation issues regarding the program should be addressed to the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 3030 Potomac Ave. Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314

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