Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Kimberly T. Ennis, MHS, PT, Coordinator/Instructor
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program consists of courses in general education, basic science courses and courses in physical therapy. Students gain practical experience through various clinical rotations at area and regional health care facilities.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Meridian Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to write the licensure examination administered by the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy. The licensure exam pass rate is 100 percent for classes graduating 2010-2012; and the employment rate as a physical therapist assistant for graduates is 94 percent. The graduation rate for classes graduating from 2010-2012 is 78.57 percent and 2011-2013 is 85.71 percent.
As a licensed physical therapist assistant, the graduate is eligible to work under the direction of a physical therapist in a variety of health care settings providing physical therapy service to patients.
Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specific courses listed with a "C" average (grade point average of 2.00) or better. A grade of "C" or higher is required in each PTA course to progress in the program. Courses must be taken sequentially and competencies stated in each course syllabus must be met.
After program admission and prior to enrollment, students must present a physical examination, a CPR Health Care Provider certification, and provide proof of immunization for MMR. A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test, background check, and a random drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment. All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical experiences.These fees will be attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual being eligible to participate in clinical experiences. If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the Program. For additional information, please contact the Health Education Advisor.
The 2014 Fall Admission deadline is May 1, 2014 for all admission material, including transcripts.
Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information subject to change. See your program advisor/counselor for additional information.