The A.S. degree Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Sacramento City College is designed to graduate physical therapist assistants (‘PTAs’) who will work under the supervision of physical therapists in a wide variety of health care settings. These include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practices, skilled nursing and extended care facilities, and home health care agencies. Physical therapist assistants treat clients with movement, strength, and coordination disorders in order to improve function, decrease pain, and increase independence. The scope of practice may include activities such as administration of physical modalities, therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, and assisting/instructing patients with transfers and functional activities. Physical therapist assistants must recognize common medical disorders and be able to assess whether patients are progressing appropriately with the treatment plan determined by the supervising physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants are currently in demand in the health care system and physical therapist assistant is listed as one of the 10 fastest growing occupations by the U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Sacramento City College is a part-time evening program. After completing prerequisite courses students apply to the program. Once enrolled the program requires two academic years to complete, including the summer session. Academic classes are typically on Monday-Thursday evenings and are held in Temporary Buildings on the Sacramento City College campus. The clinical education courses do require daytime attendance and are located at off-campus facilities. The program admits 28-30 students for enrollment each year and approximately 70% of students complete the program. Students who take advantage of the learning opportunities offered by the Sacramento City College Physical Therapist Assistant program are well-prepared to succeed on the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants. The weighted average cumulative pass rate for Sacramento City College PTA graduates for 2009-2011 was 94%. More than 90% of graduates responding to surveys report that they are employed as physical therapist assistants.