Physical Therapy Assistant
About Our Program
The two-year program is designed to prepare the student as a
skilled, technical health care worker with the knowledge and skill to assist
the physical therapist in meeting the physical therapy needs of the
public. Upon successful completion of
the program, students are eligible to sit for the Virginia State Licensing
Examination leading to licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The physical therapy assistant program is
accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Employment opportunities for the licensed Physical Therapist
Assistant include positions in hospitals, nursing homes, home health care
agencies, rehabilitation centers, school systems, and for private practices.
This program is being provided through an innovative, cooperative
arrangement with Wytheville Community College.
Students will register at MECC for their general education course
requirements and register through WCC for their program courses. The use of distance education technology will
enable students to complete their coursework with limited travel, however
students will be totally responsible for transportation to and from the
college(s) and the health agencies utilized for clinical experiences. The A.A.S. degree will be awarded by
Wytheville Community College.
To enter the Associate Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program
the student must be a high school graduate or the equivalent. High school
courses must include one unit of biology and chemistry (lab courses) and one
unit of algebra. Satisfactory placement test scores in English and math
required. Students who lack any or all of these high school pre-requisites, or
who do not score high enough on writing and reading placement tests to be
eligible for ENG 111 or ENG 137, may satisfy the requirements by successfully
completing the equivalent developmental courses. The student’s high school
record must reflect an overall “C” average (2.0). A 2.0 cumulative grade point
average (GPA) is also required on all college work completed. Because of limited clinical sites and
laboratory space, there are a limited number of slots in the program;
therefore, early application is desirable.
Shadowing hours, HOBET test, and a program director interview are also
required. Because entry into this
program is competitive, students must complete the application process with the
Admissions Office at WCC by no later than February 15th. Questions regarding
the program application process should be directed to the Admissions and
Records Office at WCC or to Mrs. Kim Dorton at MECC. Detailed information
related to the selective admissions process may be found at this link:
Upon admission, a complete health examination form will be required of all students admitted to the program. A student receiving a final grade lower than “C” in any course in the physical therapist assistant sequence or anatomy and physiology will be ineligible to continue in the physical therapist assistant courses. Selected learning experiences will be provided in a number of physical therapy settings located within the geographical area served by the college. Students are assigned to clinical agencies on a space available basis.
Additional program costs such as physical examination, vaccinations, uniforms, insurance, background checks, supplies, and travel to clinical settings are the responsibility of the student.