Physical Therapist Assistant - PTE Program

FAQ - Physical Therapist Assistant - PTE Program

Physical Therapist Assistant - PTE Program

From which school is the degree granted?

Students will be granted a degree from the institution to which they have applied and received admission.  For example, students applying to CSI will receive an AAS degree from CSI.  This allows each student to pay local tuition and fees.

How long does the Physical Therapist Assistant Program take to complete?

The program is a two-year program.  There will be four semesters of coursework and two summer semesters of clinical affiliation.  Each summer will have approximately one month of time where there isn’t any school or clinical commitments.

Is the Physical Therapist Assistant program full-time? Is it during the day, night, and online?

The program is a full-time course of study.  Theory courses are held during the day.  Clinical courses are also mostly held during the day, but may have evening or weekend requirements.  Students are admitted as a cohort taking courses in sequential order throughout the program.

What prerequisites do I need before applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant program?

The only four pre-requisites are English 101, Medical Terminology - ALLH 101, BIOL 227 and a General Education Math course.

Can I obtain extra points on the application if I turn it in early?

Turning in your application in before the deadline does not account for extra points.

Can I still work while in the program?

Students have found it difficult to hold a full-time (32-40 hour/wk) position and attend the program.  For maximum performance in the program, we suggest no more than 15-20 hours per week.

It has been 15+ years since I was in college. Will everything transfer?

Transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis; if you took Anatomy and Physiology or Medical Terminology over 5 years ago, and have not used them in your line of work, we may require that they be retaken.

Other than the required 50 hours of observation or experience in physical therapy, what other types of healthcare experience should I document on my application?

The Physical Therapy Assistant program looks at all types of healthcare experience.  We are looking for experience that has the applicant interacting with patients, patient families, and multiple healthcare providers.

What kind of grades do I need to maintain to pass?

For continued progression within the program:  a “C” or above is required in every theory course and a “Pass” is required in every lab and/or clinical course.  You may not move onto the next semester without passing all courses for that semester.

How do credits transfer from TVCC on a quarter system?

If you transfer credit from an institution that operates on a quarter credit system, your credit hours will be converted to semester credits. For example, a three-credit course on the quarter system will transfer as two credits to a semester system. If a course has been evaluated as equivalent, you will not need to repeat it to make up deficiencies in credit. You will, however, be responsible for earning the minimum total hours required for graduation.

If I have a few “C”s in my pre and co requisites will that negatively affect my chances of acceptance? Should I retake those classes for a higher grade?

You will be given points for GPA, the higher your GPA, the more points you will receive. Also, you will receive more points for A’s in pre-requisites than B’s of C’s. See application procedure.

If I CLEP out of a class, how does that effect my points when applying?

A CLEP score indicates you have mastered the minimal knowledge required for a passing grade in that course.  It is evaluated as a C.

Is there a wait-list to get into the program?

There is not a wait list. However, we receive a large amount of applicants per year and only accept 14.  You are welcome to apply as many times as you wish. 

How many students are accepted yearly to each program?

The Physical Therapist Assistance Program accepts 14 students per year.

Is the Physical Therapist Assistant program accredited?

This program is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314; phone; 703.706.3245; accreditation@apta.org). The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional/technical phase of the physical therapy program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional or technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Accreditation. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national physical therapy exam.

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