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PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
*Application and testing deadline is May 1, 2021

Physical Therapy Assistant
2-year A.A.S. Degree
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) treat patients under the direction of a Physical Therapist. PTAs use therapeutic modalities such as exercise, joint and soft tissue mobilization, endurance training, neuromuscular re-education, and therapeutic application of heat, cold, ultrasound and electrical stimulation to assist patients to move and perform functional activities with the greatest amount of independence possible. Work as a PTA might include teaching patients how to use orthotics, crutches, canes, walkers or other devices to increase independence. Physical Therapist Assistants are employed by hospitals, schools, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, and home care agencies. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is offered at the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center through a partnership with Mineral Area College and results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree. The core PTA courses, taught by CTC faculty, are 12 months. Core classes meet from 8:00 to 4:00 daily with clinical rotations including 8-10 hour shifts. Students must also complete a total of 24 – 26 credit hours of general education courses. Once students have graduated from the accredited PTA program, they may sit for the national board exam and pursue licensure in the state of their choosing.  

To apply for the PTA program:
• Complete an application with the $20 processing fee
• Achieve a minimum score of 55% on the pre-entrance test (TEAS)
• Complete the pre-requisite courses
• Submit official educational transcripts
• Provide three work references
• Schedule interview with selection committee

Admission Process:
The Admission Committee reviews the applicant’s folder using a standard scoring guide. Higher pre-entrance test scores and positive work references increase the applicant’s probability of being selected for the program. FINAL ACCEPTANCE is contingent upon a criminal background check.

Pre-requisite general education courses:
A grade of C or above is required.
• Medical Terminology/Intro to Pathology
• General Biology with a lab
• English Composition
• Intermediate Algebra

Additional general education course requirements:
• Oral Communications course
• Human Development/Psychology course
• History/Political Science course
• Computer Literacy course

Information on specific Mineral Area College courses or acceptable substitutions available upon request.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete ALL general education courses before beginning the 12 month PTA core curriculum. 

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