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NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Nursing and Allied Health

Contact

Deborah G. Wyzykiewicz, MS, PT, DPT
Program Coordinator
Location: C-285
Phone: 716-614-6422
716-614-5912
Email: dwyzykiewicz@niagaracc.suny.edu

Expected Growth of Occupations

Data from the NYS Department of Labor predicts that New York will need approximately 15,560 new healthcare practitioners and healthcare technicians per year to meet the needs of the state's health care system.

Expected Growth of Occupations
*Data taken from NYS Occupational Handbook

CAPTE

 

Complaints are submitted to the
Department of Accreditation, APTA
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-706-3245
accreditation@apta.org

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

Program Specific Policies

PTA Course Grading Policy: A student must earn a minimum C grade in all PTA prefix courses. A “C” grade is a score of 75 percent in PTA courses.

Minimum Grade in Anatomy and Physiology for Physical Therapist Assistant Students: A minimum C grade in Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 213 and BIO 214), Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories (BIO 213L and BIO 214L) and Neuroanatomy and Physiology (BIO 215) must be earned for successful completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program and to continue onto the next sequential PTA and BIO courses.

Repeat Policy: In the sequence of the Physical Therapist Assistant courses a student who fails (less than C grade) may repeat only one course in the sequence. A student who is failing at the time of withdrawal from one of these courses (W grade) or withdrawal from the College (X grade) may repeat only one of these courses in the sequence. This policy does not affect a student who is passing one of these courses at the time of withdrawing from the course or the College.

For example:

If a student fails PTA 112 on the first attempt and then passes PTA 112 on the second attempt, he/she must pass all remaining PTA prefix courses on the first attempt; the student may not repeat any other PTA course.

If a student is failing PTA 112 at the time the student withdraws from PTA 112 or from the College and then passes PTA 112 on the second attempt, he/she must pass all of the remaining PTA prefix courses on the first attempt; the student may not repeat any other PTA course.

All prerequisite Physical Therapist Assistant courses must be successfully completed before progressing to the next sequential Physical Therapist Assistant course(s).

Matriculated Status: All students matriculated in the Physical Therapist Assistant program must begin PTA 110, 111, 112 and 116 their first semester of matriculated status. If students do not begin these PTA courses their first semester of matriculated status, they will lose matriculated status and must reapply to the program.

Students must maintain continuous registration in Physical Therapist Assistant, prerequisite and corequisite courses, to remain matriculated in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

  • Any student who fails or withdraws from any PTA prefix course or any prerequisite courses or corequisite courses that are necessary for continuing in the Physical Therapist Assistant program will lose matriculated status in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
  • Any student who does not register the following consecutive semester for the next Physical Therapist Assistant course(s) or any corequisite courses that are necessary for continuing in the Physical Therapist Assistant program will lose matriculated status in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Students will be advised of their options if they lose matriculated status.

Standard of Ethics Policy: When a student is unable to provide safe physical therapist assistant care of patients and/or does not meet the ethical standards of the physical therapist assistant profession in the clinical education setting, the Physical Therapist Assistant clinical coordinator, upon recommendation from the Physical Therapist Assistant clinical faculty, will remove said student from the clinical education component of the Physical Therapist Assistant course. Unsafe care is defined as “placing the patient/family in clear and present danger.” These students are not eligible for re-admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Five-Year-Course Policy: If a student has taken a course or courses with a PTA or BIO prefix five or more years before enrolling in a subsequent PTA or BIO course, the coordinator of the Physical Therapist Assistant program shall have the right to require that the PTA or BIO course/courses be repeated.

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