Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate in Applied Science Degree
The Physical Therapist Assistant is a skilled health care provider working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Following completion of the program, the student is awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree. The PTA program at KCKCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
KCKCC Program Statistics (2014-2015)
- Acceptance rate: 60-65% of the applicants are accepted to the program
- Graduation rate: 86.67% of students starting the program ultimately graduate
- Employment rate: 100% of graduates who have taken and passed the state certification examination and sought employment in the field are working as a PTA within 1 year,
- Pass rate on NPTE: 100% first-time pass rate
- Average salary of program graduates: $48,000 - $50,000
Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in the delivery of physical therapy services. The duties of a PTA include assisting with implementing treatment programs according to the physical therapist’s plan of care, educating and instructing patients in exercise and activities of daily living, providing treatments using special equipment, administering modalities, documentation of services provided, and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient’s responses to treatment. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the licensure examination.
Students interested in the program must contact the program coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can provide a brochure which explains the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the program requirements, policies, and tuition and fees.
Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.
Dr. Tiffany Bohm
- Dean of the Division of Health Professions
Michele Avery - Program and Clinical Coordinator
Deanne Yates, Lori Slettehaugh - Full Time Faculty