Physical Therapist Assistant (Coming Soon)
Enrollment in the technical portion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program is limited to 30 students for each cohort. To be considered, you must:
- Apply to FCC
- Complete placement tests needed for FCC application
- Submit official high school or college transcripts
- Minimum unweighted 2.5 GPA from high school transcripts OR cumulative of college work (at least 12 credits)
- Pre-requisites: applicants must complete the following requirements with a grade of C or higher*
- MATH – MATH 120 Statistics or Higher
- BSCI 150- Principles of Biology
- Other requirements
- TEAS test
- Observation Hours
- Service Hours
When there are more qualified applicants than there are seats in the program a point system is used to select candidates admission to the technical portion of FCC’s PTA program. Points are assigned for grades in specific general education courses (see application worksheet) completed by time of the application, work experience, service/volunteer hours, and previous degrees. The students with the highest point total are offered admission to the program. If an accepted student declines his/her seat in the program or fails to complete the two pre-requisite course requirements, the next eligible student with the highest score is offered admission to the program.
Essential Functions are a list of skills that are expected of all physical therapist assistants and should serve as a guideline for professional expectations once the student is employed as a PTA. These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following: Communication skills sufficient to teach others, explain procedures, interact with others, and convey information in writing.
- Obtain and report information verbally and in writing using the English language.
- Receive and respond to verbal and written communications in an appropriate and professional manner.
- Use of communication and sensory skills to convey and elicit information.
- Accurate perception of non-verbal information and cues in interpersonal encounters.
Physical ability is necessary as a PTA. A PTA must have physical mobility and strength sufficient to work with a variety of patient population. Physical requirements include but are not limited to:
- Fine motor skills sufficient to apply fine motor skills and hand dexterity to safely perform examination and therapeutic interventions.
- Frequently bend, twist, and stoop and occasionally crawl, climb, reach above shoulder level, and kneel.
- Having adequate balance in both standing and walking to be able to also support a patient with a disability.
- Being able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds independently.
- Pushing and pulling heavy or immobile patients – up to 100 pounds independently.
- Physical stamina sufficient to perform client care for entire length of clinical experience (6-8 hours).
Observation skills are necessary in healthcare. A PTA must be able to observe and monitor patients, caregivers, volunteers, and other medical staff. The essential observation functions require the use of senses. A PTA must be able to:
- Observe movement patterns, activities and behaviors.
- Observe signs related to physical status (e.g. vital signs, symmetry and condition of the skin, soft tissue & wounds)
- Observe signs related to behavioral status
- Read information in clinical environments such as patient medical record, diagnostic tests, dials, displays, and equipment related to patient care.
Behavioral and social attributes in a clinical setting means having the maturity and emotional health to fulfill all responsibilities. Essential behavioral and social functions include:
- Act in an ethical, legal, and responsible manner consistent with the Core Values and Professional Behaviors outlined by the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Engage in patient care to all patient populations including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, vulnerable adults, or persons with developmental disability.
- Recognize and demonstrate respect for cultural, ethnic, ethical, and value differences among staff, patients, caregivers, and other health care professionals.
- Be able to handle stresses of dealing with physically and emotionally difficult situations, patients, or caregivers.
- Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing situations and uncertainty.
- Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility/accountability for actions, provide client with emotional support, adapt to environmental stress, and monitor own emotions.
- Adhere to timeliness and attendance requirements.
Cognitive abilities are necessary for timely problem solving, safety judgment, and reasoning in a clinical setting. The essential cognitive functions include:
- Analytical thinking sufficient to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, problem solve, prioritize tasks, and use long-term and short-term memory.
- Critical thinking ability sufficient to exercise sound judgement through the sequencing of information and the identification of cause and effect relationships
- Assessing self-performance to continually improve professional skills and implement plans for professional growth and development.
Prospective students need to be aware that physical therapy involves contact with communicable diseases. All students entering the PTA program must meet the following health requirements:
- TB test or chest x-ray
- Adult Tdap
- Polio primary series or polio booster
- Hepatitis B, 3 vaccinations plu a positive titer
- Current flu shot
Background Check and Drug Screen
In accordance with the policies of many of our clinical facilities Frederick Community College’s PTA Program requires all students to have a criminal background check and drug screening. This background check and drug screening will be completed PRIOR to enrollment in clinical education experiences (PTHA 180, PTHA 235, PTHA 240) and may be repeated during the program as deemed necessary.
All students must be successfully cleared via this background check and drug screening to be admitted to the clinical facilities. If a student is not successfully cleared, the student may not enter the clinical setting and, therefore, will be unable to complete the PTA Program’s requirements and graduate.
Program applicants are advised that The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners may deny a license to an applicant who has been convicted of or pleads nolo contendre to a crime involving moral turpitude, whether or not any appeal or other proceeding is pending to have the plea set aside. If prospective students have questions regarding this, they should contact the PT Board of Examiners directly.
Proof of CPR certification (American Heart Association and Military Training Network course) must be submitted and maintained while enrolled in the PTA program.
All students are required to have personal health insurance. The college and the clinical education experience settings are not responsible for the cost of medical care if the PTA student becomes ill or injured at school or at the medical facility.
In addition to the tuition and fees charged by the the college, students should plan on the following expenses to complete the program:
||$100-200 per course
||$85 for BLS
|Background check and Drug Screen
|Student APTA membership
||Varies based on medical insurance
|Travel for clinical experience
|National Exam for license
We currently are not offering Orientation and Information sessions. For more details or questions concerning the developing PTA Program please contact the Dr. Iams, Director of Physical Therapy Assistant Education, at [email protected]
Dr. Amelia Iams, PT
Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Education
Dr. Ashley Dicks, PT
Director of Clinical Education