Pearl River Community College

Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Center

Brief Description of Program: The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is a two-year program of study that prepares students to work within the practice of physical therapy under the supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs are employed in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, home health agencies and other health care settings. Admission to the program is selective and competitive. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students earn the Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible for state licensing.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: The graduate must be able to multi-task, demonstrate high energy for a fast paced work environment, communicate well, and display a superior level of ethics to provide quality health care.

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Karinna Lee, Program Director
601.554.5488
kklee@prcc.edu
Tracie Thornton, PTA Instructor
601.554.5486
tthornton@prcc.edu

Possible Careers in this Program: Physical Therapist Assistant

What a student can expect from a career in this field: The PTA graduate will work with a variety of patient diagnoses such as orthopedic, neurological, wounds, and trauma to a varied patient population including pediatrics, geriatrics, pre and post-partum patients, athletes, post-operative patients, as well as many others under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: 40,000 – 52,000 per year

Mission of Program: In keeping with the mission of the college, the mission of Pearl River Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to improve the quality of life for the community by implementing a quality educational program to produce competent, caring, and ethically responsible entry-level physical therapist assistants. The program includes a distribution of both general education and PTA courses to maximize the intellectual, psychosocial, and professional development of each student. The PTA program believes that each student has the potential for growth and strives to facilitate the process of personal progression to stimulate a lifelong commitment for professional development.

Program Accreditation: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Pearl River 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; accreditation@apta.org; www.capteonline.org.
Accredited by CAPTE