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: http://www.wcc.vccs.edu/program/physical-therapist-assistant.
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.