Our PTA program began in 1985 and we graduated our first class in 1987. Presently we graduate approximately 35 students a year. Our graduates are employed in a variety of clinical settings.The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is fully accredited until 2020 by the Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. We hope that you find the information contained in this site helpful. Visit us often as we will consistently be updating this web site. FOR THE THREE YEAR PERIOD FROM 2010- 2012 THE PTA PROGRAM HAS:
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at LaGuardia Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 111 North Fairfax Street,
Alexandria Virginia 22314Phone: (703)706-3245 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.capteonline.org
The PTA Program is responsive to the health care needs in New York as well as the United States. Today's physical therapist addresses both preventative health care as well as post injury health care.PTAs entering the field of Physical Therapy are trained to provide therapeutic intervention throughout the rehabilitation process. The PTA Program trains students to work with patients in various settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, private practices, and the patient’s home.Students are trained to provide quality technical skills towards functional outcomes of the rehabilitation process. Students will be able to apply therapeutic concepts of exercise, manual techniques, and mobility training, along with the use of therapeutic modalities under the direct supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.The PTA Program is offered full time during the day. The program accepts students from various cultural and academic backgrounds. Support services, personal counseling, and academic advisement are offered by the college to assist in successful completion of the PTA Program. Successful completion of core course curriculum leads to three clinical fieldwork experiences in various clinical settings.
Upon successful completion of core course curriculum and three clinical fieldwork assignments, as well as general college requirements, the student is eligible to graduate from LaGuardia Community College, apply for New York State Licensure and is eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).
Students interested in applying to LaGuardia Community College should contact the Admissions Office located in room M-147, 31-10 Thompson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101. Applications are available for both freshman and transfer students. Transfer students with questions about the evaluation of credits earned at previously attended institutions should contact the Transfer Credit Office located in Room M-149. All inquiries regarding admission and transfer credit can be made by calling (718) 482-7206. All new students are admitted directly into the Pre-Clinical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Progression to the Clinical Phase of the program is competitive. Please note that the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Faculty does not directly admit new students into the program, nor does the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Faculty evaluate transfer credit. For more information regarding admission into the College click the link below: Admission at LaGuardia Community College PTA Admission Handbook
The minimum passing grade for all PTA Courses is a “C” and students must maintain the “C” average for both the laboratory and lecture portion for each course. Students are permitted to repeat only one Physical Therapy course during their entire Clinical Phase of the program. Students who fail or withdraw or request medical leave from more than one course will be dismissed from the program. GRADING GUIDELINES & STANDARDS FOR ALL PTA COURSES
Program Objectives: Competencies Upon Graduation
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program leads to an Associate in Applied Science:(AAS) degree and its graduates are eligible for certification by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions. The program is approved by the New York State Education Department and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).North Fairfax StreetAlexandria, Virginia website: www.apta.org Graduates work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in a variety of settings including: out patient practices, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and sports centers. Physical Therapist Assistants carry out the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist, and work with patients who have neuromuscular, musculokeletal, cardiopulmonary and integumentary impairmentsThe interventions performed by the Physical Therapist Assistant include therapeutic exercise, aerobic conditioning, mobility, gait training, and use of physical agents for pain management, tissue healing and motor retraining. The program consists of classroom and laboratory courses at the college, as well as clinical affiliations in different physical therapy settings.Special progression standards exist for students taking courses in the "clinical" phases of the major. To progress to the "clinical" phase, specific criteria must be met as described in the program's admissions handbook. These handbooks are available from the Program Director in Room E 300 and from the Admissions Office. Completion of 50 volunteer hours in a physical therapy setting with a letter from the physical therapy supervisor is required prior to entering the clinical phase.Students who need additional skill development as determined by the college placement exam will be required to take basic skills and /or ESL courses, prior to admission to the pre clinical phase. The particular courses students must successfully complete are determined by their scores on the college placement test.
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Q:1 HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE PTA PROGRAM?
A: There is a specific method of application into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. If you are already a student at LaGuardia Community College you first need to declare Physical Therapist Assistant as your major. Please refer to the following link for further information. Click here If you are not currently a student at LaGuardia Community College please click on the link below to obtain information on LaGuardia Community College Admission Information.
Q:2 IF I AM ALREADY AT LAGUARDIA HOW DO I CHANGE MY MAJOR?
A: Change of major can only be obtained from the Program Director. In order to proceed with this process you need to see the Program Director, during the posted office hours, and present with a copy of your transcript. No changes of major can be done without the Director reviewing you transcript.
Q:3 WHEN DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR CANDIDACY?
A: Application for Candidacy is done during either 12 week session; Fall I or Spring I.Students applying for candidacy during the Fall I session will begin their clinical phase studies during the Spring II (summer) of the following year.Students applying for candidacy during the Spring I session will begin in the Fall II (winter) of the following year.
Q:4 WHAT COURSES DO I NEED TO COMPLETE BEFORE APPLYING FOR CANDIDACY?
A: The course work required before applying for candidacy can be found on the link below. Click hereQ:5- WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING INTO THE PROGRAM?
A: All four key courses must be completed and a minimum of a 2.50 GPA will be considered for acceptance into the program. Since the number of students permitted to progress each semester is limited this GPA does not guarantee that a student will be selected for progression. Admission into the program is competitive based on ones overall GPA and seat availability.Q:6 IF I AM NOT ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM CAN I APPLY AGAIN?
A: Students are limited to a maximum of two attempts at candidacy.Q:7 HOW MANY CLINICAL HOURS DO I NEED TO COMPLETE?
A: There is one part time affiliation of 100 hours and two full time affiliations of 280 hours each. Each clinical affiliation is accompanied by a weekly seminar class that is held one evening per week. The part time affiliation begins after successful completion of three Clinical PTA courses. The two full time affiliations begin after successful completion of all Clinical coursework. There are no waivers or exemptions from these affiliations. It is usually not feasible for students to continue working while they are on their clinical affiliations. We recommend that students begin financial planning for this period as soon as they have been accepted into the clinical phase of the program.Q:8 WILL MY CREDITS BE ABLE TO BE TRANSFERRED TO A P.T. PROGRAM?
A: Currently no Physical Therapy Programs are accepting transfer of credits obtained during the Clinical Phase of the Program. The pre-requisites for entrance into the PTA Program, i.e. the basic science courses are sometimes transferable.