Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County Junior 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 accreditation @apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Wharton County Junior College was granted initial accreditation on April 24, 1991. Currently, accreditation extends from October 25, 2006 through December 31, 2016.
The PTA program is located with nursing and other allied health programs in the Johnson Health Occupations Center on the main campus in Wharton Texas. Classroom and laboratory instruction are provided in a spacious, well-equipped classroom that also contains an adjoining departmental library and student locker area. Equipment and supplies are maintained in-house and updates are regularly made to keep the program current with changing technology. Clinical experiences are provided off campus at a variety of locations and supervised by on-site clinical instructors.
The PTA curriculum is a 21-month (71 credit hours) integrated curriculum with 61 credit hours of classroom instruction and 10 credit hours of supervised clinical education. Graduates of the program receive an associate’s degree of applied science (AAS) and are then qualified to take the state licensure examination. Licensed PTA’s may find employment in , rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, pediatric centers, offices of physical therapists in private practice, home health care, or other specialized health care settings.