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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Physical TherapyPhysical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100  Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County Junior College directly please call 979-532-6491 or email the PTA Program Director at wallacek@wcjc.edu.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Wharton County Junior College was granted initial accreditation on April 24, 1991.  Currently, accreditation extends from November 9, 2016 to December 31, 2027..

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 (66 credit hours) integrated curriculum with 56 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 national licensure examination. Licensed PTA’s may find employment in , rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, hospitals, pediatric centers, outpatient clinics, home health care, school systems, or other specialized health care settings.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Thus, students graduation from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org 

Complaints regarding the PTA Program, its faculty or students should be submitted to the PTA Program Director in the Johnson Health Science Building at the Wharton campus.  You may call 979-532-6491 or email wallacek@wcjc.edu. Interested parties who have questions about the accreditation status of the Program should contact the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education at http://www.capteonline.org .

 

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