Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Description

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) is excited to announce the development of a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Clinton Community College.

EICC Application for Candidacy
The college is currently developing an "Application for Candidacy" to be presented to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  This is a normal series of steps for any college pursuing accreditation of a physical therapist assistant program.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the CAPTE, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (phone: 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

EICC is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program will submit 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.

What That Means
Students can begin taking prerequisite courses at this time. Students are required to have all foundational prerequisite coursework completed prior to the start of the technical phase of the program. The application process for admission into the PTA program will be begin in the Spring semester of 2015. Students may not be admitted to the program until candidacy status has been achieved.  

Assuming achievement of candidacy status, students will enter the technical phase of the program in the Fall Semester of 2015. The technical phase of the program lasts one year with final clinical rotations occurring in the summer.  All classes take place on the Clinton Community College campus.

The PTA program requires a separate application process with requirements in addition to those for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Among the requirements are a minimum grade point average, interview with PTA faculty and observation hours in a physical therapy setting.

A limited number of students will be admitted to the program each year. We anticipate being able to accept up to 24 students each fall semester. Meeting the program admission requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Admission to the program is expected to be competitive.  

In order to become licensed, students must pass a national exam.

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