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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant
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  • 2015 Information Session will be held at TRC on March 5, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm in TRC 126.
  • For the fall 2016 cohort all prerequisites will need to be completed by end of winter term.

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.

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


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.

2015 Application Dates:

  • Opens May 25th, 2015
  • Closes June 19th

Interviews with finalists

  • June 29 – July 2, 2015

2015 Application Highlights

  • Limited admission (up to 8) Oregon residents. Competitive points-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.
  • Application Points Breakdown
    Letters of Recommendation (2 minimum) 5 points possible
    Program Prerequisites met 4 points possible
    Employment Observation met 4 points possible
    Personal Statement 5 points possible
    Previous Health Care Experience 5 points possible
    Veteran / Trade Act 4 points possible

    Application =  27 points possible
    Group Interview (rubric) =  28 points possible
    Interview Questions = 45 points possible


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.