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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

RCC is currently working with Lane Community College to potentially offer a Fall 2014 PTA Program Cohort. If approval is given, RCC will move forward with promoting an application process that mirrors the 2013 timeline. The only significant change will be the additional Physics prerequisite requirement that can be met by taking either GS104 or PH201 or PH202.

Rogue Community College has developed a partnership with Lane Community College to provide training for physical therapist assistants in Jackson and Josephine counties. The application to offer this partnership program model to students has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

This program prepares students to function as competent entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants in a variety of practice settings and to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and practice as an entry-level, licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).

This Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded by Lane Community College with RCC offering program prerequisites, general education classes and related coursework. Financial aid may be available through LCC. Contact Lane's Financial Aid office for details. The program has initial accreditation status with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Program graduates are eligible to take the National Licensing Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants.

A maximum of 10 students move through the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program as a cohort. Students use a distance education (DE) model of accessing the PTA program-specific courses through LCC. The program can be completed while a student is living in the Rogue Valley by taking a combination of RCC classes and LCC's distance-education courses. The curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, and fieldwork components. Students will complete laboratory and fieldwork components in the Rogue Valley at various locations. There will be periodic, mandatory program activities at the main LCC campus.

Career Overview

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide direct, hands-on physical therapy interventions for individuals recovering from illness or injury. PTAs document treatment and support the physical therapist by performing assigned routine clinical functions. PTAs are valued members of the health care team who educate and advocate for patients and families.

Job openings projected through 2018 indicate statewide openings of 34 annually. In addition to an Associate of Applied Science degree, PTAs are members of a professional and dynamic health care team, earning an average of $53,338 per year in Oregon.

Application Process

Students will be admitted to the PTA program via and application process; currently in development and to be published soon. Upon acceptance into the program, students will need to complete a criminal background check and drug screening.

Before applying, students must complete 25 hours of observation in at least two physical therapy settings (observing a PT or a PTA) and complete all pre-requisite courses for a grade of 'C' or higher. Experience in on-line courses is highly recommended prior to applying to the program. More information about obtaining observation hours is available at: Observation Code of Conduct for Potential PTA Students. Incomplete applications or requests for application exceptions are not considered. Upon acceptance into the program, students will need to complete a criminal background check and drug screening. Observation hours should be documented using the Observation-Work Experience Form.

2013 Application Dates
  • Opens: May 24, 2013
  • Closes June 20, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Interviews with Finalists
  • July 9-11, 2013
Admission Notification
  • Week of July 20, 2013
2013 Application Highlights
  • Limited admission (up to 10) Oregon residents; Point-based application.
  • All courses used for points must be completed and included on transcripts to be considered.
  • All non-RCC or LCC courses must meet equivalency on the Transfer Tool or be evaluated for substitution prior to submitting application.
2013 Program Changes
  • Math 65 or higher required to apply 25 min observation Hours, 2 clinical settings
  • GS 104 (grade C or higher) eligible for additional application points; required by Fall 2014

This project was funded $3,000,000 (100% of its total cost) from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Rogue Community College is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services, alternate form and language services are available to individuals with disabilities and limited English proficiency free of cost upon request.