Physical Therapist Assistant
Fall 2015 application period has closed.
- For the fall 2016 cohort all prerequisites will need to be completed by end of winter term 2016.
Rogue Community College has developed a partnership with Lane Community College to provide a Physical Therapist Assistant program for students 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.
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.
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
Application period is closed.
Interviews with finalists
- June 29 – July 2, 2015
2015 Application Highlights
- Limited admission (up to 8) Jackson/Josephine County 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
- Daniel Wu DWu@roguecc.edu Advisor/Navigation Coach 541-245-7845
- Christine Morris CMorris@roguecc.edu RCC Health Professions Education Coordinator 541-245-7846
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.