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Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

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Overview

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT). Following examination and evaluation, the physical therapist designs individualized treatment programs for patients and clients. The PTA helps in providing these treatment interventions, reporting the patient’s progress and response to treatment to the PT as well as documenting in the patient’s medical record. PTAs help patients achieve relief of pain and improved movement and function through physical therapy interventions which may include therapeutic exercise, functional training and physical therapy modalities such as heat, hydrotherapy and electrotherapy.

Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, schools, government agencies, private clinics, home-care and other settings.

Admission & Curriculum Change Requirements
NCCC PTA Program Complaint Policy and Complaint Procedures
Program Specific Policies
Requirements to Remain in the Program

Program Goals and Objectives
  • The program will provide academic preparation of graduates capable of meeting the regional workforce need for PTAs. (Related program outcomes 1, 2, 3)
  • The program will prepare graduates who possess entry-level or better clinical skills to work under the direction of a physical therapist. (Related program outcomes 6, 9, 10, 11)
  • The program academic and clinical faculty will provide learning experiences reflective of current practice in a variety of health care settings, and build knowledge of the importance of evidence-based practice. (Related program outcomes 4, 5)
  • The program academic and clinical faculty will foster professionalism in graduate interactions with patients, clients, families and other health care providers and staff.  (Related program outcomes 7, 8)
  • The program will offer a learning environment which will prepare graduates for participation in opportunities for continued professional growth and development.  (Related program outcomes 12, 13)

Alumni Spotlight

David J. Faccini, Jr. ’94, PTA, LMT

“The path to success in the learning process starts with the professors. Dr. Wehling and Dr. Wyzykiewicz have the passion, professionalism, strictness and compassion to help each student that steps into the classroom on that first day achieve success in the profession. When I visited NCCC for an educational tour, I was fascinated by the visit with the Physical Therapist Assistant program staff and information received during the visit. I had received physical therapy myself due to sports injuries. But, it wasn’t until I was in the lab listening to how “I” could make such a difference in someone’s life that I decided this was the right choice for me. Since graduating from NCCC, I have worked in several settings from outpatient, in-patient, skilled nursing, acute care, home care, hospital based, health insurance and pediatrics. I found over the years, that pediatrics is my passion.”

David J. Faccini, Jr., PTA, LMT

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.

*Data taken from NYS Occupational Handbook

NCCC Degree Program Statistics

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Niagara County Community 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 program/institution directly, please call 716-614-6422 or email dwyzykiewicz@niagaracc.suny.edu. Accredited through 2026.

RateYears: 2019-2020
Two-year graduation rate74.8%
Two-year employment rate100%
(for those who sought employment)
Two-year licensure pass rate88.9%*
(ultimate pass rate)

*Years 2011-2018:  100% ultimate pass rate

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
703-706-3245

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Niagara County Community 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 program/institution directly, please call 716-614-6422 or email dwyzykiewicz@niagaracc.suny.edu. Accredited through 2026.

NCCC PTA Student Financial Fact Sheet.

Complaints are submitted to the
Department of Accreditation, APTA
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
703-706-3245
accreditation@apta.org