||Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Lastest News: The application deadline for the 2021-2022 PTA Program has now closed. Applicant interviews are currently scheduled for April 1, 2021, and final selection of the 2021-2022 cohort will be made by April 5, 2021. Please contact the PTA faculty if you have any questions.
PTA Program Virtual Information Sessions: Summer Semester, 2021 Time: TBA
Applications for the 2022-2023 PTA Program will be accepted beginning in January 2022. Please contact your advior or PTA faculty with any questions related to the PTA Program application process or requirements.
The Program at LBWCC is a “one plus one” program and requires the successful completion of two semesters of general education prerequisite coursework followed by application and acceptance to the technical phase of the Program. The technical phase of the Program involves three consecutive semesters of physical therapy-related coursework in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. Students are introduced to the concepts, theories, skills and principles related to physical therapy in the classroom and laboratory settings, and progressively exposed to the clinical setting in which their newly acquired knowledge, skills and behaviors are practiced with real patients under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist and/or Physical Therapist Assistant.
Upon successful completion of the curricular requirements of LBWCC, graduates will receive an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant, and upon meeting the expectations and requirements of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.
Working as a licensed PTA is a challenging and rewarding profession. We are delighted that you have chosen PTA as your educational goal. The PTA faculty will challenge you academically and personally in order to prepare you to assume the inherent ethical responsibilities of the profession and to become a clinically competent, productive member of the healthcare team.
PTAs are employed in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, physical therapy clinics, rehabilitation centers, pediatric facilities, home health agencies, schools, and long-term care facilities.
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CAPTE Accreditation Statement
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; email@example.com is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On December 1, 2020, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.