The faculty of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program would like to thank you for your interest in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
LaGuardia Community College offers an AAS Degree (Associates in Applied Science) for students who successfully complete the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
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.
FOR THE THREE YEAR PERIOD FROM 2010- 2012 THE PTA PROGRAM HAS:
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 111 North Fairfax Street,
Alexandria Virginia 22314CAPTEPhone: (703)706-3245
Students who graduate from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are eligible for New York State Certification and must take the National Certification Exam, to practice in New York State. Passing a National PT Exam is required in order to practice in most states including New York State. Federal law limits the issuance of professional licenses, registrations and limited permits to United States citizens or qualified aliens. Students with criminal records are examined on a case by case basis in regards to New York State licensure.
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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 reflects the mission and goals of the college and the field of Physical Therapy including:
Current laws generally permit a state licensing board or agency to deny a license to
practice nursing if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or other specified crime.
Like many state licensing boards, the Office of the Professions of the New York State
Education Department requires that a criminal background check be conducted prior to
granting a license to practice physical therapy. Questions should be directed to the NYS Office
of Professions at www.op.nysed.gov.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at LaGuardia Community College does not require a criminal
background check, but the educational requirements include placement at one or more
hospitals or other off campus clinical training sites, and these sites frequently require a
student to undergo a criminal background check before the student can be placed for
clinical learning experience. If, based upon the results of a criminal background check,
the site determines that a student's participation in its clinical training program would
not be in the best interest of the site, the site may deny that student admission to the
training program. Even if the student has already begun the placement when the results
are received, the site may elect to dismiss the student, regardless of the student's
performance while in the training program.
Each clinical training site that requires a criminal background check sets its own
standards and procedures, and you may be asked by the site to pay the cost of the
background check. You may also have to complete more than one criminal background
checks during the course of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at LaGuardia Community College,
depending on the number of sites where you are placed and the requirements of each
Please note that if a clinical training site determines that you may not take part in its
training program based on the results of a criminal background check, you may be
unable to complete your course requirements and to continue in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. It
is important for you to consider this before you enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
LaGuardia Community College has no obligation to refund your tuition or fees or to
otherwise accommodate you in the event you are ineligible to complete your course
requirements based on the results of a criminal background check, or if you are denied
a license to practice physical therapy.
Many students hold part-time jobs while attending the PTA program. The program must be taken during the day. Students who are working while going to school should notify their faculty advisors of this at the time of academic advisement, so that a course load that is reasonable and achievable for the student can be scheduled.
Various forms of financial assistance (loans and scholarships) are available through the Financial Aid Office at the college.
Additional information may be researched through the Career and Transfer Center.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the following free services: