Physical Therapist Assistant

Program 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.

More Information on the Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

Career Opportunities

PTAs work at:

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

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

External Complaint Policy

Mission & Program Goals

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.

Admissions Checklist & Application

Click here for a checklist outlining this program’s admissions requirements and application.

Graduation Requirements

Program Outcomes

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%

Additional PTA Information & Resources

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.
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