Welcome to our Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Johnson College. The philosophy of our PTA program is that an effective PTA is not only capable of performing all of the skills necessary safely and competently, but is able to communicate with others, verbally and nonverbally, and is dedicated to the development of professional competence and lifelong learning. We invite you to explore our website and some of the links that we have included for you that may be helpful in guiding your career path. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the admissions office at (570)702-8900 or call our PTA department directly at (570)702-8954. We will be happy to assist you in any way that we can.
Admittance to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Johnson College is based on a selective admission process that has been developed to ensure that students who are admitted to the Johnson College PTA Program are prepared to succeed in the program and enter the work force as competent entry-level physical therapist assistants. They are admitted based on their merit without being discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, non-job related disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Current enrollment is limited to 12 new students per year based on the number of applicants who meet the admission criteria and qualifications.
The procedure for applicants who desire to seek acceptance into the PTA program is as follows:
(*denotes pre-requisites that can be completed in high school or college; college level courses will be weighted more in the scoring process)
Click here to review PTA Rubrics.
Class of 2015: 73% acceptance rate, 91% matriculation rate
Class of 2016: 75% acceptance rate, 100% matriculation rate
Class of 2017: 76% acceptance rate, 92% matriculation rate
The work of a physical therapist assistant requires that the PTA student apply the knowledge and skills from the classroom to a variety of clinical situations. The work, at times, can be both intellectually and physically challenging. In order to perform in a competent and safe manner, the PTA student must be capable of the following essential functions, with or without reasonable accommodations.
The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Johnson College is to prepare students to be competent and caring entry-level physical therapist assistants who work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in a variety of settings. Students will be committed to developing and continuing professional competence, demonstrating lifelong learning, and adhering to the behavioral expectations outlined in the APTA Guide for Conduct and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program Johnson College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
The goals of the Johnson College Physical Therapist Assistant Program are as follows:
Outcome #4: Students/graduates will recognize when interventions should be modified or not provided due to changes in the patient’s status or due to violations in practice guidelines and report this to the supervising physical therapist.
Outcome #5: Students/graduates will communicate effectively with other health care providers and with patients, family members, and caregivers in order to achieve patient outcomes based on the physical therapy plan of care.
Outcome #6: Students/graduates will implement risk management strategies during all lab and clinical activities to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
Outcome #7: Students/graduates will complete thorough, accurate, logical, concise, timely, and legible documentation that meets the requirements of the facility.
Outcome #8: Graduates will pass the NPTAE at a rate consistent with CAPTE requirements within one year of graduation.
Outcome #9: Graduates who seek employment will be employed in the field within one year of graduation.
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. For more information on a career in physical therapy, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association website, www.apta.org/youcanbeme/. For information on employment growth and outlook for a physical therapist assistant, please visit the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics website, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes312021.htm .
In the state of Pennsylvania, PTA’s must pass a national board exam (NPTE for PTA’s) after graduation from an accredited program and must register with the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. For more information, please refer to the following website: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_board_of_physical_therapy/12522
The following paperwork is required in completion prior to the start of the semester when the students participate in the first clinical experience. All documentation should be submitted online and will be tracked electronically through Castle Branch. Some facilities may require additional documentation and tests, which must be completed prior to attending that site.
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In accordance with CAPTE requirements and in order to provide the public and potential students with information about the effectiveness of our PTA program, the following information will be provided when our first cohort of students graduate in December 2015.
NPTE Pass Rate
Program Completion Rate
|Cohort||Graduation Rate||Licensure Exam Pass Rate||Job Placement|
|Class of 2015||8/10 (80%)||7/8 (88%)||7/8 (88%)|
|Class of 2016|
|Class of 2017|
Comments / Concerns:
Any comments or complaints from outside parties regarding the curriculum, students, or faculty of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Johnson College can be provided through this online form. In order to receive a response, the complainant must provide contact information. This information will only be shared with the parties necessary to resolve the issue. All correspondences will be reviewed by the PTA Program Director and the Senior Director of Faculty. In the event that the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant the Senior Director Academics and Support Services will review.
Melissa Cencetti, DPT, PT, MS
Chairperson of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Nicole Fabricatore, PTA, BS
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
Matthew Scalese, PT, DPT
Michelle Hyde, PT, BS
Heather DeFazio, MS, PT
Administrative Coordinator for the Health Science Division
The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is awarded to students who successfully complete all of the requirements of the Physical Therapist Assistant program and graduate.