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Physical Therapist Assistant

Please Note: Application deadline is June 1, 2015. Therefore the Admissions & Outreach Office will begin accepting PTA aplication material after April 1, 2015.

Interested students are required to download an admission packet for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, which includes a description of the admissions criteria, admission prerequisites and general education requirements.

This is a part-time, evening program with classes offered on evenings from Monday through Thursday.

Please note that for the class of students starting during the Fall 2015 semester, the application deadline is June 1, 2015.

 

Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate in Applied Science
When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files: 


Accreditation Status

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at College of DuPage is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs), under the supervision of licensed physical therapists (PTs), provide skilled direct patient care in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, sub-acute care facilities, long-term care facilities, sports medicine clinics and home health care agencies. They use therapeutic exercise, massage and physical agents such as heat, cold, water and electricity in the treatment of patients with physical disease and disability.

Goals of treatment include relieving pain, improving strength and mobility, and helping patients reach their maximum physical potential while learning to live within the limits of their disabilities.

In addition to strong academic skills, strong interpersonal skills are needed to keep up patient morale and counsel patients' families. Additionally, excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary to facilitate communication in the health care environment. Coursework includes both classroom and clinical instruction. Successful completion of the program results in the awarding of an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and permits the graduate to sit for the state licensure examination in the state in which he/she plans to be employed.

The PTA program is designed for students who plan to enter professional practice as PTAs. PTA clinical courses are not accepted in transfer by most Physical Therapy programs. Students who are seeking admission to a Physical Therapy program should follow the Pre-Physical Therapy curriculum.

College of DuPage PTA Program Outcome Information 

  • Graduation Rate (2009-2011): 87% of admitted students graduated from the PTA Program.
  • Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate (2008-2010): 96.49% of COD PTA Program graduates.
  • Employment Rate (2009-2011): 100% of COD PTA Program graduates who sought jobs were employed within six (6) months of passing the licensure examination.
  • Starting Salary (Class of 2012 Graduate PTAs): $48,000 to $58,000.


Faculty Advisors

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Nina Minnear, Coordinator
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2202B, (630) 942-4076

Sharon Roschay
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2202D, (630) 942-3337

Current Group Advising Sessions

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences Division office, HSC 1220, (630) 942-8331.

Contact Information


If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
                   and/or
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.