Delta’s program is for the training of Physical Therapist Assistants only. If you are planning to become a Physical Therapist, you should follow the Pre-Physical Therapy program guide and meet with a counselor.
As a Physical Therapist Assistant, you will work under the direction and supervision of Physical Therapists. Such settings include: acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school systems, nursing homes, home care, out-patient facilities, private clinics, and specialty clinics. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to carry out patient treatment programs designed by the Physical Therapist that utilize heat, cold, light, sound, massage, therapeutic exercise, aquatics, manual therapy, and rehabilitation procedures. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Option A - Regular Track (Students can take and complete these validation courses at their own pace.)
Option B - Accelerated Track (Students must take these validation courses in one semester.)
Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the Validation Application. See Validation Procedures in this catalog for the required process.
|1 - Registration and acceptance into the PTA program occurs each Fall. Anticipated enrollment capacities can be found on the validation chart. The procedures for application into the PTA Program are in the guidelines for validation. See Validation Procedures in this catalog for required process.|
|2 - Prerequisite qualifications for validation are: high school graduate or GED equivalent; provide transcripts from high school and all other colleges attended; be admitted to Delta College; completion with a B (3.0) minimum grade in: BIO 140 or BIO 152 and BIO 153 or BIO 240 and BIO 241; and completion with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade in ENG 111, HSC 105, PSY 101 or PSY 211, and COM 114, and complete 40 hours of observation time to apply for validation.|
|3 - Math skills of LEVEL 3 are recommended.|
|4 - Physical Therapist Assistant courses are offered day and evening hours and must be taken in the sequence shown. There may be occasional weekend courses, as well, that are mandatory.|
|5 - You must achieve a minimum C (2.0) grade in each Physical Therapist Assistant course to be eligible to continue in the program.|
|6 - In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, you must purchase appropriate lab attire, name tags, provide your transportation to clinical settings, possible hospital parking charges, and field trips.|
|7 - Upon admission to the program, you must have a complete physical examination including a negative TB test or a physician’s release form annually.|
|8 - Current CPR for Health Care Provider certification is required upon successful enrollment in the PTA program. Current CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program.|
|9 - Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination or signed waiver and proof of current flu vaccination is required for admission to clinical sequence.|
|10 - An observation series is required prior to validation. Students must observe, at a minimum, two different PT’s or PTA’s performing their skills in two different clinical practice sites for a minimum of 40 hours. These observations must be documented on the Observation Form which is available on line under the PTA site or can be picked up in the Counseling Office. These forms must be stamped at the Registrar's office at the time the validation application is turned in. Once the form has been stamped it must be turned in to the PTA Program Coordinator.|
|11 - You need to be aware that clinical hospital assignments may be outside the local area. Students must be prepared to commute up to two hours for at least one rotation.|
|12 - Student Reentry Procedures are printed in the handbook given to all clinical students.|
|13 - Criminal background checks are required to participate in clinical experiences. There is a fee for the criminal background check.|
|14 - Students may complete the program in five (5) semesters by taking all General Education courses in Option B during one semester.|
|15 - Also see "Dual Degrees."|
|16 - You will be eligible to attempt to register for clinical courses only after successfully completing the prerequisite qualifications and receiving a “Semester and Year of Validation”.|
|17 - Any Approved American Government, POL ---, course must be completed with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade prior to graduation but is not required for validation.|