PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT FAQ

Physical Therapist Assistant FAQ

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What is the average hourly income for PTA's?

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A: In 2008, the Kansas Wage Survey reported that PTA's earned an average hourly wage of over $20.

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What is the employment outlook for physical therapist assistants?

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Excellent. Rapid employment growth is projected in the health care industries. PTA's work in a variety of settings including long-term, home health, clinics, and hospitals.

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Where can I learn more about this career?

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More information can be found at APTA.org

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After I graduate from HCC PTA program can I transfer to a PT program?

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No. Your courses directly associated with the technical phase of the program will not transfer, however any general education courses will transfer towards a bachelors degree at a 4 year university. A physical therapist degree is now a doctorate program at all Kansas PT programs.

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How is the of PTA program accredited?

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"The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org); website:  http://www.capteonline.org."

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How do I get started?

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For information, you can visit our website at www.hutchcc.edu/pta. You can contact the Allied Health Advisor, DJ Chastain (620) 728-8100 or the PTA program office at (620) 665-4956.

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When does a new class of students start each year?

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An new class of students start in August of each year.  The application deadline for the program is May 21 of each year.  Interviews will conducted after May 21 and acceptance letters are mailed in the 1st part of June. 

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Where do I attend the program?

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Students attend the program at facilities in the Peel Allied Health Center, 9th and Main, Hutchinson,KS. 

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What Kind of Training and Education is Available?

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The HCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program combines theory, taught in the classroom, with practical experience learned in lab and clinical settings.

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What hours are clinical?

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There are three clinical rotations with a 4 week rotation in November to December and a 5 week and 7 week beginning in April of each year. Most clinics will operate 8-5pm Mon-Friday. This may vary depending on the clinical site.

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Where will I go to do my clinical?

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HCC PTA program has clinical sites available in Hutchinson, Wichita, Salina, McPherson, Newton and other surrounding areas. We are continually growing the number of clinical sites.

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Is the PTA Program a full time program?

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Yes. The program is a one year program with classes generally Mon-Thursday 8-3pm. Clinicals will generally be 8-5, Mon-Friday.

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Do I need to be CPR certified?

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Yes. You need to be certified in a healthcare provider course. It is preferred that you are certified by the time classes start, but you will be required to be certified prior to the first clinical rotation. This is the student's responsibilities.

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What are the prerequisites for entry into the PTA program?

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The Prerequisites are English Comp I, General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication, College Algebra or higher, College Orientation and Success Seminar for HCC students, Anatomy and Physiology with lab (Basic Concepts for Allied Health is required prior to A&P at HCC), and Medical Terminology.

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Are there federal grants or loans available?

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Yes. Complete the application at www.fafsa.edu.gov. Go to www.hutchcc.edu/finaid for additional information.

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Do I have to do an interview?

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Yes, the top 35 applicants will be interviewed. Applicants will be notified of the date and time of interview.

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When do I apply?

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Applications will be available from January 28 to May 21 each year. Applications can be requested during that time by calling (620) 665-4956 or download at www.hutchcc.edu/pta. Deadline for applications will be May 21.