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Physical Therapist Assistant

COVID-19 PROGRAM RESPONSE UPDATE

Additional changes will be made as information and safety guidelines are updated.

* April General Information Sessions (GIS) are cancelled
* Application deadline extended until July 10th to accommodate the completion of volunteer/observation hours

Important Dates:

June 1, 2020: Application deadline. All components of the application due to the PTA office by no later than 5pm CST
TBD: Interviews for the top applicants for the PTA program
August 7, 2020: MANDATORY Orientation for accepted students to the PTA program

Welcome

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year associate degree program which begins each year in the fall. The curriculum provides theory, lab practice and clinical experience to prepare students to perform quality patient care. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the licensure exam approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

To Get Started

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Admission to the McLennan Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program requires a competitive application process. To begin this process, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all 5 of the general academic courses required for the program. The PTA program will allow applicants to re-take a course in an attempt to improve their general academic GPA. If you choose to do so, the grade for the re-take will be AVERAGED with the original grade during calculation of your GPA for admission to the PTA program. Please look under the "START HERE" tab for a complete list of the general academic courses. Applicants will also need to acquire 40 total hours of volunteer time as part of their application to the PTA program. DO NOT wait until the last minute to begin volunteering as this process can take months to complete depending of facility policies and procedures. Please look under the "Application & Admissions Requirements" tab for details on the application process.

Mission

The mission of the McLennan Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program is to facilitate the development of critical-thinking skills, clinical competencies and ethical decision making behaviors in accordance with the Physical Therapy profession to produce exemplary physical therapist assistant clinicians who contribute to our profession and community.

General Academic Courses

Students are required to apply to be a part of the PTA program. In order to make your application as competitive as possible, students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to complete ALL FIVE of the general academic courses required in the PTA degree plan, maintaining a high GPA, prior to applying to the program.

The General Academic Courses Required are:

  • BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • ENGL 1301 Composition I
  • PSYC 2314 Lifespan (Human) Growth & Development
  • PHIL 2306 or other Language, Philosophy, Culture or Creative Arts Elective (Humanities)
    • NOTE: As Anatomy and Physiology are foundational for the practice of physical therapy, the Anatomy & Physiology courses cannot be more than five years old at the time the student applies to the PTA program.

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at McLennan 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: accreditation@apta.org website: http://www.capteonline.org

For More Information

Please contact Heather Davis, Program Director, at Community Services Center Room C200, 254-299-8715 or email hdavis@mclennan.edu.

For students in this program who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or program director. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

Title IX

Concerns dealing with TITLE IX and other non-specified Civil Rights Issues contact:

Drew Canham, Title IX Coordinator Vice President, Student Success
McLennan Community College
Administration Building, Room 408
1400 College Drive
254-299-8645
FAX: 254-299-8654
dcanham@mclennan.edu or
titleix@mclennan.edu

McLennan Community College provides equal opportunities to all individuals and does not discriminate against any individual regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or other legally protected category in its educational programs, activities, or employment.
http://www.mclennan.edu/employees/policy-manual/docs/E-XXXIV.pdf

A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission to and participation in career and technical education programs. La falta de conocimiento del idioma inglés no será un impedimento para la admisión y participación en programas de educación técnica y profesional.

McLennan Community College se compromete a proporcionar igualdad de oportunidades a todas las personas y no discrimina a ninguna persona independientemente de la raza, color, religión, origen nacional o étnico, género, discapacidad, edad, condición de veterano, información genética, orientación sexual, identidad de género, embarazo u otra categoría legalmente protegida en sus programas educativos, actividades o empleo. Para obtener información sobre el cumplimiento de esta política de no discriminación por parte dea institución, comuníquese con vicepresidente Éxito Estudiantil, 1400 College Drive, 254-299-8645, titleix@mclennan.edu.