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DESCRIPTION

Physical Therapist Assistants, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, assist with specific components of treatment interventions. Their duties may include a variety of interventions including therapeutic exercises, functional training in both self-care and work reintegration, use of adaptive equipment, wound management, and the use of physical agents. They attain their requisite skills through extensive academic and clinical education. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is competency-based and provides sequential learning experiences progressing from theoretical to applied using patient simulations in the laboratory and finally to actual patient treatments in clinical education centers. During clinical education courses, students may practice at facilities throughout Maine under the supervision of clinical instructors

ACCREDITATION

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Kennebec Valley 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: http://www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 207-453-5147 or email pta@kvcc.me.edu 

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PROGRAM MISSION

The program will produce entry-level physical therapist assistants who are capable of performing safe and ethical interventions under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. Graduates will possess the skills and values necessary for continuing their professional growth to meet the needs of both a dynamic profession and health care delivery system.

PROGRAM GOALS

  1. Graduates will be competent physical therapist assistants who work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists.
  2. Graduates will engage in lifelong learning activities.
  3. Graduates and the program will meet the human resources needs of the community.

 

Click here for a checklist outlining this program's admissions requirements.

  

FIRST SEMESTER   CREDIT HOURS
BIO213 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG101 College Composition 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PTS105 Self-Paced Medical Terminology for PTAs 1
PTS107 Introduction to Kinesiology for the PTA 2
PTS111 Physical Therapy I 6

SECOND SEMESTER

  CREDIT HOURS
BIO214 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
COM104 Introduction to Communication 3
PTS112 Physical Therapy II 6
PTS116 Pathology 3
PTS117 Kinesiology for the PTA 3

SUMMER SESSION

(7-WEEKS) CREDIT HOURS
PTS120 PTA Clinical Education I 5

THIRD SEMESTER

  CREDIT HOURS
MAT117 College Algebra 3
PSY215 Developmental Psychology 3
PTS215 Neuroscience 3
PTS211 Physical Therapy III 6

FOURTH SEMESTER

  CREDIT HOURS
PTS216 PTA Clinical Applications 1
PTS218 PTA Clinical Education II 8
* Humanities Elective 3
  TOTAL CREDITS FOR AAS 70

 

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION


Students must complete 70 credits in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, achieve a minimum grade of "C," or as applicable "PASS" criteria, in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.00 or higher. Most states, including Maine, require licensure to practice as a physical therapist assistant. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Physical Therapist Assistant Licensing Examination.

 

PROGRAM STATISTICS

Rates are based on a 2-year average (2016-2017):

  • Accepted: 27
  • Enrolled: 19 

 

STUDENT OUTCOMES

Rates are based on a 2-year average (2016-2017):

  • Graduation rate:  89%
  • Ultimate pass rate on liscensing examination:  100%
  • Employment rate: 100%

 

PTA Program Clinical Site List (Updated: February  2019)

 

*** Clinical placements are dependent upon such factors as CI availability, setting, and patient census. This list is subject to change.

 

Advanced Health Physical Therapy & Fitness (OP)

Augusta, ME

*and Waterville, ME

 

Alfond Center for Health & Rehab (IP)

Augusta, ME

 

Back in Motion (OP)

Gorham, ME

*and Portland and South Portland, ME

 

Brentwood Center for Health & Rehabilitation (SNF)

Yarmouth, ME

 

Brewer Physical Therapy & Spine Clinic (OP)

Holden, ME

*and Ellsworth, ME

 

Brewer Center for Health and Rehab (SNF)

Brewer, ME

 

Bucksport Rehabilitation (OP)

Bucksport, ME

*Division of Blue Hill Hospital, Blue Hill, ME

 

Calais Regional Hospital (IP/OP)

Calais, ME

 

Cary Medical Center (IP/OP)

Rehabilitation Services

Caribou, ME

 

Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital & Nursing Facility (IP/OP/SNF)

Greenville, Maine

 

Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Physical Therapy (OP)

Brunswick, ME

 

Maine General Center for Orthopedic Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine (OP)

First Park

Oakland, ME

 

Central Maine Medical Center (IP/IP Rehab)

Lewiston, ME      

 

Cedar Ridge HCF (SNF)

Skowhegan, ME

 

Clover Manor (SNF)

Auburn, ME

 

Down East Community Hospital (IP/OP)

Rehabilitation Services

Machias, ME

 

Dragonfly Therapy (OP)

Bangor, ME

 

D’Youville Pavillion (SNF)

Lewiston, ME

 

Eastern Maine Medical Center (IP/IP Rehab)

Bangor, ME

 

Maine Rehabilitation Outpatient Center (OP)

EMMC Healthcare Mall

Bangor, ME

 

Falmouth by the Sea HCF (SNF)

Falmouth, ME

 

Flaming Physical Therapy (OP)

Bath, ME

 

Foothills Physical Therapy, PA (OP)

Cornish, ME

 

Franklin Memorial Hospital (IP/OP)

Farmington, ME

 

Glenridge Nursing Care Center (SNF)

Augusta, ME

 

Graybirch Nursing Care Center (SNF)

Augusta, ME

 

Bayside Neurorehabilitation Services (OP Rehab)

Portland, ME

(Goodwill Industries)

 

West Side Neurorehabilitation Services (OP Rehab)

Lewiston, ME

(Goodwill Industries)

 

Harbor Hill HCF (SNF)

Belfast, ME

 

Hawthorne House HCF (SNF)

Freeport, ME

 

Hibbard’s Nursing Home (SNF)

Dover-Foxcroft, ME

 

Houlton Hospital (IP/OP)

Houlton, ME

 

Inland Hospital (OP)

Rehabworks

Waterville, ME

*clinics in Unity and Madison, ME

 

Kennebunk Center for Health & Rehab (SNF)

Kennebunk, ME

 

Lakewood Continuing Care Center (SNF)

Waterville, ME

 

Mainely Kidz PT and                 (pediatric OP)

Saco Medically Oriented Gym

Saco, ME

 

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (IP/OP)

Rehab Services

Ellsworth, ME

 

Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation (OP Rehab)

Brewer, ME

*Also Fairfield and Rockland, ME

 

Maine General Rehabilitation Services (OP)

Augusta, ME

 

Maine General Medical Center (OP)

Manchester Rehab & Sports Medicine

Manchester, ME

 

Maine General Medical Center (IP Rehab)

The Alfond Center for Health

Rehab Institute

Augusta, ME

 

Maine Medical Center (IP)

Portland, ME

 

Maine Veterans Home (SNF)

Augusta, ME

*Also Scarborough and Bangor, ME

 

Marshwood HCF (SNF)

Lewiston, ME

 

 

Massabesic Health Resources (OP)

Waterboro, ME

 

Mayo Regional Hospital (IP/OP)

Rehabilitation Services

Dover-Foxcroft, ME

 

Mercy Hospital (IP/OP)

Rehab Services

Portland, ME

 

Memorial Hospital (IP/OP)

North Conway, NH

 

Mid Coast Hospital (IP)

Rehabilitation Department                      

Brunswick, ME

 

Mid Coast Outpatient Rehab Services (OP)

Brunswick, ME

 

Mid Coast Senior Health Center (SNF)

Brunswick, ME

 

Norway Center for Health & Rehabilitation (SNF)

Norway, ME

 

Lincoln Health Miles Campus (IP/OP)

Damariscotta, ME

 

Lincoln Health (OP/SNF)

St. Andrews Campus

Boothbay Harbor, ME

 

Millinocket Regional Hospital (IP/OP)

Millinocket, ME

 

Montello Manor (SNF)

Lewiston, ME

 

New England Rehabilitation Hospital (IP Rehab/OP Rehab)

Portland, ME

 

Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Clinic, PA (OP)

Portland, ME

 

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Associates (OP)

Sanford, ME

*also Scarborough, ME

 

Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OP)

Waterville, ME

Penobscot Bay Medical Center (IP/OP)

Rockport, ME

 

Winship Green Center for Health & Rehabilitation (SNF)

Bath, ME

 

Redington-Fairview (OP)

Rehab & Fitness Services

Skowhegan, ME

 

RSU 18 (pediatric school system)

School system

(Waterville, Sydney, Oakland, ME)

 

Results Physical Therapy and Wellness Center (OP)

Brewer, ME

*Also Dover-Foxcroft and Dexter, ME

 

Ross Manor (SNF)

Bangor, ME

 

Saco Bay Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (OP)

Saco, ME

*Also South Portland, Windham, Kennebunk, Bridgton, Scarborough, York, Standish, Westbrook, ME

 

Sandy River Center (SNF)

Farmington, ME

 

Seaside Nursing & Retirement (SNF)

Portland, ME

 

Seal Rock Health Care Facility (SNF)

Saco, ME

 

Sebasticook Valley Hospital (IP/OP)

Rehab Services

Pittsfield, ME

*and Newport, ME

 

SMHC Sports Performance Center (OP)

Saco, ME

 

St. Joseph’s Hospital

Bangor, ME

 

St. Mary’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation (OP)

Auburn, ME

 

Stillwater Healthcare (SNF)

Bangor, ME

 

 

Stephens Memorial Hospital (IP/OP)

Norway, ME

 

Somerset Rehabilitation & Living Center (SNF)

Bingham, ME

 

The Aroostook Medical Center (IP/OP)

Rehab Services

Presque Isle, ME

 

The Cedars (SNF)

Portland, ME

 

Togus VA Medical Center (IP/OP)

Rehab Dept.

Augusta, ME

 

Waldo County General Hospital (IP)

Belfast, ME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

All non-physical therapy courses required for the physical therapist assistant program, except the Humanities elective, must be completed prior to the spring semester of the second year in order to participate in Clinical Education II (PTS218). General education courses supportive to the Program may be taken prior to or concurrently with technical (PTS) courses. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” and/or “Pass” in all required general education and technical (PTS) courses in order to progress through the curriculum.

 

Clinical education centers are statewide. Students may be assigned to a clinical education center that requires the student to commute a distance from home or assume a temporary residence near the center. 

 

A criminal background check is required while enrolled in the Program, and as a condition of employment in the field; health care facilities may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon a prior or current criminal offense.

 

Technical Requirements

For students to successfully complete the Physical Therapist Assistant program, they must be capable of performing with or without reasonable accommodation the following:

  1. The physical ability to lift, move, and reposition patients; safely guard patients when standing and ambulating patients on level surfaces and stairs.
  2. A visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify equipment calibrations, distinguish color changes of a patient’s skin, and collect patient data.
  3. The manual dexterity to manipulate instrument dials and perform various therapeutic interventions.
  4. The tactile ability to palpate pulses and palpate specific components of the musculoskeletal system.
  5. A hearing ability with auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face, hear timers and call bells from  patients, take/hear blood pressure and lung sounds with a stethoscope, and hear alarms and emergency signals.
  6. Effective communication when explaining procedures, receiving information verbally and from written documentation; documenting in a patient’s  chart; exhibiting appropriate interpersonal skills; and recognizing and responding appropriately to nonverbal behavior of self and others.
  7. The ability to function safely under stressful conditions and the ability to adapt to an ever changing environment inherent in clinical situations  involving patient care.

  

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 

Students who have been accepted must:

        1. Obtain a short white lab coat, KVCC/SPTA name pin, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, watch with a sweep second hand, a gait belt, and goniometer.
        2. Hold current Basic Life Support certification (CPR for the Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer from the American Red Cross).
        3. Provide proof of immunization against diphtheria and tetanus; provide proof of titers (with results) for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and Hepatitis B (series and titer) and a negative test for tuberculosis.
        4. Agree to work with an outside agency to collect, document, and track  criminal background checks as required by the PTA program. Each student is responsible for the cost of this service.
        5. Have Internet access for online/Blackboard enhanced courses and/or discussions.
        6. Assume responsibility for transportation and/or other living costs to and from clinical sites.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Hospitals  
Rehabilitation Centers 
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Outpatient Clinics 
Home Care Agencies 
Community Health Centers 
Pediatric Facilities 
Private Practices 
Sports Medicine Clinics

 



Program Director

Verla Ubert, MA PT, MBA
(207) 453-5147
vubert@kvcc.me.edu 
 

Clinical Education Coordinator

Jessica Gleason, PTA
(207) 453-5142
jgleason@kvcc.me.edu
 
 
 

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