Total Program Credits: 92-100
Total Program Prerequisites: 15-16 credits
Estimated Program Length: Two years
Offered by the Health Professions Division, 541.463.5617
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements
Program Coordinator Christina Howard, PT, MPT, Health Professions, Building 30, Room 124, 541.463.5764, email@example.com
Dean Grant Matthews
Purpose Prepare the graduate to practice as an entry-level, licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA).
Learning Outcomes Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program learning outcomes are based on the guidelines of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Program graduates must demonstrate broad, integrative and specialized knowledge, technical and communication skills, and behavior and conduct consistent with entry-level PTA practice. Learning outcomes have a strong emphasis on safely and effectively implementing a plan of care under the direction of a supervising physical therapist. PTAs work under the direction of the supervising physical therapist in promoting wellness, health, and recovery from health conditions that affect the movement system. The graduate:
- Communicates verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery personnel, and others in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner.
- Recognizes individual and cultural differences and responds appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services.
- Exhibits conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of the members of the profession of physical therapy and members of society receiving health care services.
- Exhibits conduct that reflects safe practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe.
- Communicates an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes.
- Demonstrates competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist, including functional training, infection control, manual therapy, physical and mechanical agents, therapeutic exercise, and wound management.
- Demonstrates competency in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care, including tests and measures for aerobic capacity, pain, cognition, assistive and prosthetic devices, joint motion, muscle performance, neuromotor development, posture, self-care and home/community management, ventilation, respiration, and circulation.
- Recognizes and initiates clarifications with the supervising physical therapist when indicated.
- Adjusts treatment interventions within the plan of care to optimize patient safety, progress, and comfort; reports outcomes to the supervising physical therapist.
- Instructs and educates patients, family members, and caregivers as directed by the supervising physical therapist.
- Instructs members of the health care team as directed by the supervising physical therapist, using appropriate instructional materials and approaches.
- Demonstrates a commitment to meeting the needs of the patients and consumers.
- Interacts with other members of the health care team in patient care and non-patient care activities.
- Provides accurate and timely information for billing and reimbursement purposes.
- Participates in quality assurance activities.
- Demonstrates an awareness of social responsibility, citizenship and advocacy, including participation in community and service organizations and activities.
- Identifies career and lifelong learning opportunities.
Accreditation The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Lane 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:firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (541) 463-5617 or email email@example.com
Licensing & Certification Graduates meet education eligibility for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
Admission Information Students are admitted once a year. Admission is restricted and is based on a program application. Please consult lanecc.edu/hp/pta.
Advising Early academic advising is highly recommended. Drop-in advising is available in Building 1, Room 103, 541.463.3800. Online advising is available at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooperative Education (Co-op) Co-op is required for second year students enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Students must complete 18 credits of Co-op a program-designated co-op site. Contact Beth Thorpe, PTA Cooperative Education Coordinator, Bldg. 30, Rm. 126, 541.463.3274, email@example.com.
Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022
Career Pathways Roadmap
Lane County openings - 3 annually
Statewide openings - 40 annually
Lane County median hourly - $28.40; average annual - $58,972
Oregon median hourly - $27.97; average annual - $57,917
Estimated Program Cost
|Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals
|Program Specific Fees
|Resident Tuition and General Student Fees
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*This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program. These fees and other course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.
- Prerequisites are required for some Courses .
- If math is taken in the self-paced format through the Math Resource Center, then all credits must be completed to meet the math requirement.
- No more than 16 credits with a grade of Pass are accepted.
- The following requirements must meet universal standards order to begin clinical internships Physical examination Tuberculosis (TB) screen Substance abuse screening (10-panel drug and alcohol screen), and Criminal background check