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Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at BC3 is an academically-based program that prepares the graduate for employment in the role of a Physical Therapist Assistant and as a member of the health care team acting ethically and effectively under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.

The Physical Therapist Assistant carries out the treatment for the patient which has been designed by the Physical Therapist, documents the relevant aspects of the treatment, and communicates any changes in the patient’s condition which requires the Physical Therapist to reassess the patient’s treatment program. The Physical Therapist Assistant program includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical components.

Employment

Employment is available in a variety of structured health care settings including hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, school settings, rehabilitation, and home health settings.

Fully Accredited

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Butler County Community College is fully 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.

Graduates

The graduation rates for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program for the previous three years of 2016, 2017, and 2018 were 68%, 63%, and 92%, for an average graduation rate of 74.3%.

Graduates are required to pass a licensing examination in order to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The licensing examination (National Physical Therapy Examination, or NPTE, for PTA’s) passing rates for the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 were 100%, 100%, and 90.9% for an average passing rate of 97%.

Graduates who obtained any form of Physical Therapist Assistant employment within six months of licensure were considered to be employed. Employment rates for the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 were 94.1%, 100%, and 95.5% for an average employment rate of 96.5%.

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

Lead patients from the care of a physical therapist’s to their own while in preparation for the exam that makes you eligible for initial licensure.

View the required courses and curriculum semester-by-semester for Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Butler County 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 724-287-8711 ext. 8372 or email randy.kruger@bc3.edu.

Learn more about the Physical Therapist Assistant program's admission requirements.