Physical Therapist Assisant Program
ABOUT THE CAREER:
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are health care providers who work under the supervision of Physical Therapists in a wide variety of settings. Physical Therapist Assistants implement treatment programs for clients with movement, strength and coordination disorders to improve function, decrease pain and increase independence. They may also be involved with activities designed to prevent injury. The scope of practice may include the administration of physical modalities, therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, assisting patients with transfers and functional activities and providing education. Physical Therapist Assistants monitor and report on the patient's progress in meeting the goals of the treatment plan.
A career as a Physical Therapist Assistant is listed as one of the ten fastest growing occupations through 2012 by the United States Department of Labor. Employers include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing and extended care facilities, outpatient clinics and sports facilities. Salaries for graduates of Sacramento City College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program average over $40,000 a year, depending on the location and the work setting.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM:
The sequence of courses in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is designed to provide students with a broad general education, as well as the knowledge and skills required for success in the field of physical therapy. Small class sizes with a combination of lecture, hands-on laboratory practice and integrated clinical experiences, make this an exceptional learning environment. The program is offered in an evening format designed to accommodate diverse student needs. The curriculum for the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 N. Fairfax, Alexandria, VA. 22314-1488; telephone: 703.684.2782).
Program costs include college enrollment fees and approximately $4500 for books and supplies; physical examinations and immunizations; malpractice insurance; uniforms; supplies; and instruments.
APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT:
To be eligible for the enrollment process, applicants must have fulfilled the reading requirement and satisfactorily completed all prerequisite courses prior to application. Since program enrollment is limited and consistently fills quickly, early submission of the application and official transcripts is recommended.
DEGREE AND LICENSURE:
The Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene must be obtained for graduation from the program. This is achieved by satisfactorily completing the program's required prerequisite, General Education and Dental Hygiene Program and by fulfilling the college's Graduation Requirements. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination and may also take the California Registered Dental Hygienist Examination.
WHY SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE?:
Sacramento City College (SCC) is part of the Los Rios Community College District and provides educational opportunities for nearly 20,000 students at the college and its three outreach centers. Courses are offered to California residents at a tremendous savings. The 60-acre main campus is located across from William Land Park and has its own light rail station. SCC has a complete department of skilled career counselors to help students succeed in college. They are available to provide information about admissions and degree requirements, financial aid opportunities and student services, including tutoring assistance. Anyone with an interest in career exploration may take a career aptitude test to help identify career options that match an individual's interest and personality. Visit www.losrios.edu and select "Take a career aptitude test" under the Places of Interest heading, to take a free self-assessment survey. Although Los Rios Community College District is unable to recommend a specific self-assessment testing service, an example of the many different online self=assessment testing organizations is My Life Coach at www.mylifecoach.com. When accessing online testing sites, be aware that a fee may be charged for the use of their service.
To obtain additional information about educational programs in healthcare or the requirements to attend Sacramento City College, visit www.scc.losrios.edu or call the Allied Health Office Office at 916.558.2271. Compliance Statement / Nondiscrimination Sacramento City College - in compliance with Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act - does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical handicaps in any of its policies, programs or activities, including admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.