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Physical Therapist Assistant

2017 Lane Community College Fall Application Information

Important Dates:

  • Application opens 12:15am  March 7, 2017 and Closes 4pm April 6, 2017

    Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Interview Notification via email April 25, 2017

  • Interviews May 1-4 2017

  • Final Notification via email: May 17, 2017

  • Mandatory Orientation: Required for accepted or standby students TBA

  • LCC Foundation Scholarship Applications now open.       Apply Now

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).

Information Session

Christina Howard the PTA Program Coordinator hosted a Question and Answer session on February 7. If you were unable to attend click here to view the presentation.

Program Information

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.

Students will 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 $55,817 per year in Oregon.

Application Process

PTA LabBefore 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 found on the LCC website, see  the Application Information link below.

2017 Applications are through Lane Community College
  • Application opens March 7, 2017 and Closes April 6, 2017
  • Interview Notify April 25, 2017
  • Interview Dates will be May 1-4, 2017
  • Final Notification via email: May 17, 2017
Links to Lane Community College Physical Therapist Assistant web pages for application: