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Physical Therapist Assistant


The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Navarro College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22317; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.



ABOUT


The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program helps prepare students to enter the field of physical therapy through academic and clinical studies. The PTA curriculum includes both classroom education at Navarro College and clinical training in traditional and non-traditional physical therapy practice settings. Upon successful completion of academic and clinical studies, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for physical therapy assistants provided by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Additional employment requirements, such as state licensure, vary from state to state and among countries. Each student is encouraged to determine the additional employment requirements of the state or nation in which he or she wishes to work.

MISSION


Through visionary leadership and contemporary teaching, Navarro College Physical Therapist Assistant Program provides students the technical skills necessary to provide evidenced based care and leadership within their communities and practices while maintaining high ethical standards and professional behaviors of a physical therapist assistant under the supervision of the physical therapist.

GOALS


GOAL 1:  The program will provide exceptional educational experiences that reflect contemporary practice.

GOAL 2:  The faculty will provide contemporary curricula that reflects current practice models.

GOAL 3.:  Graduates will achieve an effective transition from student to entry level professional member of the health care team.

GOAL 4:  Graduates will demonstrate behaviors congruent with the high ethical standards as established by the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant and the Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant.

DEGREE PLAN


See the Navarro College Catalog for degree plans for A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant

Pre-Requisites:

  • ENGL 1301 English Composition
  • HPRS 1101 Introduction to Health Professions (online, 8-Week class)
  • BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II

Observation Hours:

Mandatory 40 hours in 2 settings with a minimum of 10 hours in an in-patient setting

TEAS Score:

Minimum score of 59.7

GPA Minimum:

Minimum of 2.5 required

Information Session:

Attendance at one (1) Information Session required before application due date

COURSES


See the Navarro College Catalog for course listings at www.navarrocollege.edu/courses

INFORMATION FOR PTA APPLICANTS:


COMPLAINTS


Complaints regarding the program can be addressed to the PTA Program Director, Sarah Austin at sarah.austin@navarrocollege.edu and / or Dean of Health Professions, Guy Featherston at guy.featherston@navarrocollege.edu.

CONTACT INFO


Dean’s Office
Corsicana Campus
903.875.7585

Program Coordinator
Midlothian Campus
972.775.7270

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