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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
How does this program prepare me for a career? 
What professions can I expect to enter after completing this program? 
What is the employment outlook for the next decade and starting salary?
What attributes are necessary to succeed in the program? 
What are the application procedures for the program? 
When is the next PTA information session? 
Is this program accredited or certified?
Whom do I contact for more information? 

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?  

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) help physical therapists to provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients following illness or injury.  PTAs provide limited physical therapy under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. 

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How does this program prepare me for a career? 

The associate of applied science degree program provides students with an opportunity to qualify to take the National Physical Therapy Licensing Examination.  The degree program can be completed as a full-time student in two years. Many students choose to complete general education requirements on a part-time basis prior to admission.

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What professions can I expect to enter after completing this program?  

After earning the PTA license, the graduate is qualified to seek a job in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, rehabilitation facilities, extended care facilities, pediatric centers, home care, sports medicine clinics, orthopedic clinics, and schools.  With further education, the PTA can earn a bachelor’s degree and qualify for any number of fields including graduate education in physical therapy. 

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What is the employment outlook for the next decade and starting salary?  

The U.S. Bureau of Labor continues to forecast a strong future for all health careers.  Physical therapy employment is expected to grow due to the high demand for all rehabilitation services due in part to the growing elderly and disabled population.  Physical therapist assistants will be seen by employers as a cost-effective way to extend services and meet this projected demand.   PTA starting salaries currently range from $48,000 to $55,000 a year.

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What attributes are necessary to succeed in the program?  

Motivation to succeed coupled with the ability to apply knowledge to patient care situations are the hallmarks of successful students in this program.  Broad and detailed knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology, thorough working knowledge of the principles of exercise and therapeutic techniques, and mastery of safe and effective patient care procedures involved in the handling of sick and injured patients are all necessary accomplishments for the competent PTA.  Good health, emotional stability, physical strength, interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

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What are the application procedures for the program?  

Admission to Montgomery College is open to all; however, to ensure admission of all qualified applicants interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, a selective admission procedure has been established.  Please refer to the Montgomery College Catalog for detailed information on the admissions procedure.  The application deadline to apply to program for full consideration is March 1st.  English, math, reading assessment and the TEAS tests are required prior to applying to the program.  Beginning in 2012, students who are offered admission to the PTA program must submit the following records by the start of the 3rd semester: physical examination by a physician, including a tuberculosis (Mantoux) test and immunization record/titers, hepatitis-B vaccine record, criminal background checks, and drug/alcohol screening, and influenza shot record. Record of CPR certification is required at the start of program.

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When is the next PTA information session?   

Information sessions are held at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus and one session is held each semester at the Rockville campus.  Information sessions are held monthly (expect in July and December) on the last Tuesday of the month from 4 - 5 pm.  Information sessions review admissions and selection procedures, field participant questions on both PT and PTA careers, and tour the classrooms and laboratory facilities.  No reservation is required to attend an Information Session.

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Is this program accredited or certified?  

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Further details available upon request.

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Whom do I contact for more information?  

For more information about the Physical Therapist Assistant Program contact:

Nancy Greenawald, Ed.,S., MBA, PT

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator

240-567-5523 

nancy.greenawald@montgomerycollege.edu

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Montgomery County, MD

240-567-5000

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