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Physical Therapist Assistant Complete Program Information

Illinois Central College

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Information

ACCREDITATION

Illinois Central College (ICC) is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

ICC’s Associate of Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is accredited by the

Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION

The purpose of the PTA Program is to provide an entry-level point into a career treating patients in a

physical therapy setting.

The program consists of five (5) semesters and has sixty-nine (69) credits, including twenty-one (21)

general education credits and forty-eight (48) technical core credits. For program courses, 41 credits

come from lecture/demonstration classes and 7 credits from clinical classes. Clinical courses consist of

704 contact hours over 40 weeks; of those, 8 weeks are full time.

The curriculum is designed with classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences for students to gain the

knowledge and skills necessary to provide physical therapy services in the role of licensed physical

therapist assistant, under the direction of a physical therapist, following graduation and passing the

licensure examination.

*Note:

1. The PTA Program credits and/or graduation do not guarantee entry into a physical therapist

program and are not designed to transfer into a doctoral-level physical therapist program.

2. The PTA Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy

Education (CAPTE) and participates in regularly scheduled accreditation activities. The next

scheduled accreditation visit is in 2015.

3. The PTA Program is a full-time program with classes during the day-time hours. Many students

choose to complete general education courses prior to admission into the program.

4. All classes require the use of a computer and are web supplemented.

PHILOSOPHY

Faculty members believe that educational opportunities should be provided in the preparation of PTAs

for entry-level positions. The curriculum for the Associate of Applied Science degree in physical

therapy is designed to meet the standards of CAPTE and to provide a foundation of general education

courses for personal growth. Additionally, the curriculum is designed to support and integrate the

College philosophy of learning.

Educational objectives are developed to provide an atmosphere that combines didactic instruction in the

technical aspects of physical therapy with appropriate clinical education experiences. As the student

progresses through the program, opportunities are provided which allow for the assumption of increased

responsibility for patient care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Achievement

of program goals and learning outcomes are assessed using a variety of methods to promote effective

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student success, and while not guaranteed, passage of the licensure exam and a career as a physical

therapist assistant.

Program graduates are expected to ethically respond to the needs of their patients with technical

competence and compassion. They are aware of the need to update their knowledge and skill through

active participation in professional societies, continuing education activities, and lifelong learning.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to provide the resources, curriculum, and

clinical education experiences to enable graduates to obtain entry-level skills as a physical therapist

assistant.

PROGRAM GOALS






To provide quality education in the preparation of physical therapist assistants for entry level

positions.

To prepare the student to meet the requirements established for licensure exam.

To develop the student's ability to function as an active member of the health care team.

To foster problem solving skills and lifelong learning.

To ensure program quality with an assessment program to measure achievement of program goals,

learning outcomes, CAPTE standards for program completion, state boards success, job

placement, and employer satisfaction of graduates.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

1. Participate as a member of the health care team.

2. Competently perform technical entry-level skills as a physical therapist assistant.

3. Understand the role of the physical therapist assistant in the delivery of physical therapy services

under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

4. Assume responsibility in professional judgment and ethics.

5. Demonstrate effective communication skills.

6 Assume responsibility for provision of quality physical therapy services.

7. Accept responsibility for professional and personal growth.

8. Meet the College’s requirements for the Associate’s in Applied Science degree.

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Three year averages (2010, 2011 and 2012):

PTA Graduation Rate = 85%

Licensure exam pass rate = 98%

Employment rate (at six months post graduation) = 100%

After graduating from an accredited education program, the PTA graduate must pass a national

examination in order to practice. Examinations and scores are coordinated by the Federation of State

Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and percentile rate standings of the program are provided to the

College. Program ratings are available for public viewing through the Federation’s website

(www.FSBPT.org). Once this exam is passed, the graduate is eligible to apply for licensure for the state

in which they intend to practice. The PTA program does not guarantee passing of the licensure exam

nor state licensure.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND JOB PLACEMENT

Physical therapist assistants are utilized in many different settings of physical therapy including acute

(in-patient/hospital), sub-acute (in-patient/rehab), and long term care (nursing homes), as well as

outpatient in orthopedic, neurological, vestibular/balance, and pediatric services. Home health care is

also an option for more experienced PTAs.

According to graduation surveys for the last three graduating classes (2010-2012), the program has had a

100% employment rate for those graduates who actively pursue employment within six months of

graduation. To assist in their employment search, students and graduates have access to ICC’s Career

Center, where they can locate employment opportunities sent to the program from local facilities and

recruiter type organizations. Additionally, in PHTA 222, students learn and develop various

employment-related activities, such as resume preparation and mock interviews to assist with their

employment search.

The ICC Career Center web page is http://icc.edu/advisementCounseling/careerServices or call

(309) 694-5153.

STUDENT COMMITMENT AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Students accepted to the PTA program must be aware of the extensive time, energy, and commitment

necessary to be successful in the program. All technical courses are provided on campus and are

provided during the day; Freshman classes are in the morning and sophomore classes are in the

afternoon. However, students have additional expectations that may require extended periods of

attendance, such as open lab requirements and practical examinations. For clinical courses, students are

expected to be available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and sometimes Saturdays in

order to attend clinical full time (40 hours per week) and to align their schedules with assigned clinical

instructors. Students are expected to provide their own transportation for clinical and may require up to

60-75 minutes one-way travel time.

The program uses a different grading scale than what students tend to be familiar with in grading and is

as follows: 93% to 100% = A, 84% to 92% = B, 83% to 75% = C, 74% to 70% = D, and

69% to 0% = F. To progress and remain in the program, the student must maintain a 75% (“C” Grade)

in all program courses and a “C” grade or better in all general education courses to graduate from the

program.

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Students who are unsuccessful in meeting the minimum requirements as denoted in each course syllabus

may be given an opportunity to return to the program once at the next scheduled offering of that class,

generally one year later. However, this is determined on a case-by-case basis and not automatic. If this

option is used, the student has one opportunity to return to the program, based on space available. If the

student is not successful on the second attempt, they will be dismissed from the program.

Graduates from the program generally prepare for approximately two months after graduation to take the

licensure examination. Currently, there are fixed exam dates and the shortest delay of testing after May

graduation is in July. Additional information about the licensure examination can be found on the

Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy website (fsbpt.org).

CONCERNS/GRIEVANCES

Students who participate in the prerequisite classes, admissions processes, and program activities have

the right to bring any grievances to attention using the appropriate channels and levels of authorities.

Students are advised to consult the College student handbook for more information.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Admission is dependent upon several factors, which are listed below. Admission is based upon a total

point accumulation with students ranked from highest to lowest, and students with the highest scores are

offered an invitation into the program first. Applicants with equal ranking will be chosen by the highest

cumulative grade point average carried out to three decimal places. The program admits qualified

applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, physical and mental handicap, age,

and veteran status who feel they also meet the essential skills of a physical therapist assistant.

ADMISSION GROUPS

Each year, the program admits 24 students with the following breakdown:

In District Students 12

Out of District Students 6

High School 6

24

Preference is given to District 514 residents, followed by residents within the State of Illinois. Some

programs reserve seats according to cooperative agreements with surrounding community colleges.


High school graduate or equivalent

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Placement test scores into ENGL 110 and READ 115

ACT composite score of 20 or above (18 or above if tested prior to Oct. 28, 1989)




One year high school chemistry or CHEM 115 ("C" or better)

One year high school mathematics

Minimum "C" average in courses you are transferring to ICC

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Minimum "C" average in 18 or more approved semester hours taken at ICC including a course in

reading, and study skills; and completion of math and science courses if not taken in high school

(for students not initially admissible to program)

20 hours of documented observation in two different physical therapy departments

A physical examination and other medical requirements (upon acceptance into the program)

Acceptance into Illinois Central College

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all previous college

academic work. Anatomy and Physiology courses will not be accepted over five years.

Applicants with a GPA of less than 2.0 will not be considered eligible.

Submission of a complete application to the Health Careers department postmarked by January

15. Late applications will not be considered.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Apply and be admitted to ICC. Complete the required application process as outlined in the application

packet. Request official transcript(s) of all college work to be forwarded to ICC’s admissions office.

HEALTH CAREERS APPLICATION PACKET DETAILS

ICC Application: Apply to the College.

High School Transcripts: Contact your high school to obtain two copies of your academic transcript,

each enclosed in a separate envelope. Keep one in its original sealed envelope and submit it with your

application packet. The second copy is for your personal records and is for you to bring with you to any

advisement appointments.

Applicants who are currently in high school may apply upon completion of their junior year. High

school applicants must schedule an appointment with a Health Career advisor and bring their high

school transcript.

Applicants who have taken the GED must request a transcript of their results (listing scores) from the

Superintendent of the Educational Service Region in the area in which they reside.

Program Specific Checklist: Applicants may apply for up to three Health Career Programs. For each

program selected, a separate program-specific checklist is required and must be submitted in your

application packet. Program checklists may be obtained online or at the Thomas Building, Health

Careers Department. Students are responsible to confirm they have met eligibility requirements prior to

submitting the application packet, as it will not be evaluated or scored if incomplete.

College Transcripts: Required from all institutions/colleges/universities from which coursework is

transferred and you want considered to fulfill program requirements. If you intend to transfer any

coursework from other colleges or universities, request two copies of your academic transcript, each

enclosed in a separate envelope. Keep one in its original sealed envelope and submit it in your

application packet. The second copy is for your personal records and is for you to bring with you to any

advisement appointments.

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ICC College Transcript: If you are currently attending ICC or have attended ICC after 1982, you

should download an unofficial transcript through eServices (if you need assistance, contact the ICC Help

Desk, (309) 694-5457) and include this in your application packet. If you attended ICC prior to 1982,

please contact the Student Service Center at the East Peoria Campus, (309) 694-5610, to obtain your

records.

Proof of Previous Degree or Certificate: If you have successfully completed a health-related degree

or certificate program, submit a copy of your documentation in your application packet. This needs to

be included for points to be awarded in this category.

Work and/or Volunteer Forms: If you have work or volunteer experience in a health-related field,

submit the work/volunteer form. A completed work and/or volunteer form must be verified and signed

by a company representative, manager, or employer and submitted in a sealed company envelope.

Application Assistance Sessions: Applicants are encouraged to attend a Health Careers Information

Session for information on programs and application assistance. These sessions are held twice a month:

on the second Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and the fourth Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the Thomas Building

basement (except holidays or when the college is closed). Email correspondence regarding your

questions may be submitted to healthcareerinfo@icc.edu.

Essential Skills: Students entering the program must be able to meet the essential skills and abilities of

the program with or without reasonable accommodation. It is the student’s responsibility to review

these skills and abilities before applying. They are listed on the specific program web pages and in the

back of this packet. If you feel you may need accommodations, please contact Access Services,

(309) 694-5749 or (309) 694-5721 (TTY) to discuss your situation.

Criminal Background: While this will not affect admission into the program, conviction of certain

crimes may affect your ability to complete the program, attend clinical courses, and become licensed to

practice in certain states, including Illinois.

Repeating Courses: Repeating courses for improvement of application standing may negatively impact

future financial aid eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss their situation with the

Financial Aid Office or their advisor.

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The completed application packet needs to be sent to:

Student Records Specialist

Health Careers Department

Illinois Central College

201 S.W. Adams St.

Peoria, IL 61635-0001

PHYSICAL THERAPY OBSERVATION HOURS

To be eligible to apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, you must complete a total of 20

hours of observation:

1) In at least two different practice settings; however, it can be with the same company.

2) Must be with a PT or PTA so you can ask specific questions about the profession.

3) Observation can be completed at a variety of locations close to your home and options include:

a. Hospital

b. Outpatient clinics

c. Home health

d. Nursing home

To set up your observation, contact the physical therapy department and explain why you are calling.

4) Complete the Observation Hours form and enclose with your application. You must have one

form for each facility where you completed observation hours.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY OBSERVATION SITES IN PEORIA

Note: These are not required locations, only possible options.

IPMR – Downtown Facility

719 N. Wm. Kumpf Blvd.

671-2950

ask to speak to someone in physical therapy

IPMR – Sheridan Road Facility

6501 N. Sheridan Rd.

692-8110

ask to speak to someone in physical therapy

Methodist Medical Center-Inpatient Rehab

Professional Therapy Services

671-2951 (direct number)

ask to speak to therapy services manager

Methodist Atrium – Outpatient Therapy

Professional Therapy Services

672-4568

ask to speak to department manager

Proctor Community Hospital

IPMR

691-1040

ask for therapy department and

speak to therapy supervisor

OSF St. Francis Medical Center

655-2000

ask for therapy department and

speak to therapy supervisor

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RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE

First Year

Summer Session

Course

Credit Hours

BIOL 140* 4

PHTA 114 2

Total summer 6

Fall Semester

Course

Credit Hours

ENGL 110 3

PSY 110 3

HLTH 121** 2

PHTA 112 1

PHTA 115 4

PHTA 116 4

Total fall 17

Spring Semester

Course

Credit Hours

MATH 3

HEOCC 200 3

PHTA 118 5

PHTA 216 3

PHTA 130 1

Total spring 15

Total First Year: 38

* BIOL 140 must be completed prior to the first fall semester and a prerequisite for PHTA 115 and 116.

BIOL 205 and BIOL 206 may be substituted for BIOL 140 but both must be completed prior to the

first fall semester.

**Medical terminology must be completed by the end of the first fall semester and to prerequisite for

PHTA 130.

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Second Year

Fall Semester

Course

Credit Hours

PSY 202 3

COMM 110 3

HEOCC 220 1

HEOCC 230 1

PHTA 218 5

PHTA 230 2

Total fall 15

Spring Semester

Course

Credit Hours

Humanities 3

PSY 220 3

PHTA 222 2

PHTA 220 4

PHTA 232 4

Total spring 16

Total second year: 31

Program Total: 69

Breakdown of credit hours

General education = 21 credit hours

Program courses = 48 credit hours

Clinical courses = 7 credit hours

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EXPENSES

Up to date information can be found on the ICC website in college tuition rates. Students are

responsible for tuition, books, supplies, and fees for all courses. Additionally, students are expected to

secure funds for their uniform, physical examination with immunizations, CPR training, and fees related

to criminal background check and a drug screening after acceptance to the program (more information

will be provided after acceptance). The following are estimated costs for program expenses and are

subject to change.

ESTIMATED EXPENSES – DURING PROGRAM (as of August 1, 2013)

ITEM Description Qty

Unit Price

In District

Total

Unit Price

Out of

District

Total

Category

PTA Technical Classes credits 48 $106.50 $5,112.00 $235.00 $11,280.00 tuition

PTA Gen Ed Classes credits 21 $106.50 $2,236.50 $235.00 $4,935.00 tuition

Fee

criminal background

check

1 $75.00 $75.00 $75.00 $75.00 fees

Program textbooks program total-variable 1 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 textbooks

Program laboratory

equipment

Program professional

requirements

gait belt/goniometer 1 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 supplies

lab coat 1 $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 uniform

Clinical requirement CPR certification 1 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 medical

Clinical requirement

Optional examination

preparation course

TOTAL DURING

PROGRAM

(rounded up)

physical exam/

immunizations

1 *$200.00 $200.00 *$200.00 $200.00 medical

exam review course 1 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 program

$9,055.00 $17,920.00

* will depend on specific student needs

Travel to Clinical Site: Students are expected to travel to clinical sites, which may be up to 70 minutes.

Students are responsible for any costs related to travel and expected to have reliable transportation.

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Licensure

Licensure

Licensure

Licensure

EXPENSES – POST GRADUATION FROM PROGRAM

ITEM Description Qty

Jurisdiction (State)

application

Federation – national

examination

Prometric – testing

site fee

Education credential

verification

Unit Price

In District

Total

Unit Price

Out of

District

Total

Category

1 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 licensure

1 $365.00 $365.00 $365.00 $365.00 licensure

1 $75.00 $75.00 $75.00 $75.00 licensure

1 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 licensure

TOTAL POST

GRADUATION

$640.00 $640.00

These items are based upon current costs (January 2013) and based upon the websites of the appropriate

organizations:

Websites for additional information:

• Illinois Department of Professional Regulations: www.idfpr.com (state licensure)

• The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy: www.fsbpt.org (national examination)

• Prometric (Testing Site): www.prometric.com

*Total all costs (estimated):

In District: $ 9,695

Out of District: $ 18,560

Note: Expenses do not include housing or transportation related costs.

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SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The American Physical Therapy Association website (www.apta.org) provides information for

grants/scholarships available to students. Students can check the College’s scholarship information at

https://apps.icc.edu/scholarships/.

FINANCIAL AID

Illinois Central College offers various types of financial assistance to students who need assistance to

continue their education. Contact the financial aid office for more information.

REGISTRATION AND ADVISING

Prior to admission into the program, the Health Careers Advisor will serve as the student’s advisor.

Once in the program, a PTA faculty member will serve as the student’s advisor to ensure enrollment in

appropriate courses. The student is responsible to register for the required courses and pay tuition by the

due dates.

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PHTA PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PHTA 112

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY – Freshman Year, Fall Semester

This course provides an introduction to the physical therapy profession, the American Physical Therapy

Association, the role of the physical therapist assistant, development of communication skills needed in

the clinical setting, review of professional literature, and legal and ethical issues in physical therapy

Prerequisite: PHTA 114 and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better and department approval

1 Credit Hour

Lecture: 1 Lab: 0 Total Contact Hours: 16

PHTA 114

FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT I – Freshman Year, Summer Session

This course provides a beginning study of basic physical therapy skills. The emphasis is on asepsis and

sterile technique, vital signs, body mechanics, basic positioning and bed mobility skills, wheelchairs,

including basic management and mobility, transfer techniques and introduction to the patient chart and

SOAP note format.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum

2 Credit Hours

Lecture: 1 Lab: 3 Total Contact Hours: 32

PHTA 115

FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT II – Freshman Year, Fall Semester

This course provides a continuation of the study of basic physical therapy skills. Emphasis is on the use

of assistive devices/introduction to normal gait, techniques of draping and positioning for treatment,

principles and practices related to use of selected modalities of therapeutic heat and cold, hydrotherapy,

ultrasound, therapeutic massage techniques, documentation/SOAP note writing and orientation to

clinical practice.

Prerequisite: PHTA 114 and BIOL 140 with a "C" or better, or department approval

4 Credit Hours

Lecture: 2 Lab: 6 Total Contact Hours: 128

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PHTA 116

FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY– Freshman Year, Fall Semester

This course includes analysis of human motion and muscle actions with detailed study of the

musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It provides the foundation for understanding and application of

physical therapy approaches to treatment.

Prerequisite: PHTA 114 and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval

4 Credit Hours

Lecture: 2 Lab: 6 Total Contact Hours: 128

PHTA 118

FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT III – Freshman Year, Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of the skills and knowledge acquired in PHTA 115, focusing on orthopedic

and arthritic conditions and their therapeutic management. Therapeutic exercise including stretching and

strengthening, postural training, mechanical traction, goniometry, manual muscle testing and the

understanding of common special tests performed by the physical therapist and physician are covered.

Prerequisite: PHTA 112, 115, and 116 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

5 Credit Hours

Lecture: 3 Lab: 6 Total Contact Hours: 144

PHTA 130

CLINICAL I – Freshman Year, Spring Semester

This course includes an orientation to the clinical facility and supervised clinical practice in a physical

therapy department. Students will participate and observe a variety of patient care interventions used in a

physical therapy setting

Prerequisite: PHTA 112, 115, and 116 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

1 Credit Hour

8 clinical hours/week for a total of 128 clinical hours

Note: Clinicals are assigned by the program and students may travel up to 70 minutes one way for clinical education experiences.

PHTA 216

FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT IV– Freshman Year, Spring Semester

This course provides an orientation to the principles of therapeutic electrical currents and their effects on

the human body. Electrotherapeutic techniques used in physical therapy are introduced.

Prerequisite: PHTA 112, 115, and 116 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

3 Credit Hours

Lecture: 2 Lab: 4 Total Contact Hours: 96

PHTA 218

FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT V– Sophomore Year, Fall Semester

This course focuses on typical neurological conditions treated in physical therapy including adult and

pediatric conditions.

Prerequisite: PHTA 118, 130, and 216 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

5 Credit Hours

Lecture: 3 Lab: 6 Total Contact Hours: 144

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PHTA 220

FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT VI – Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

This course is the culmination of academic preparation in therapeutic procedures and includes treatment

for selected geriatric, cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory and neuromuscular conditions as well as

amputations, prosthetics, and burn care.

Prerequisite: PHTA 218 and 230 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

4 Credit Hours

Lecture: 2 Lab: 6 Total Contact Hours: 128

PHTA 222

CLINICAL SEMINAR – Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

This course incorporates an overview of the organization and administration of a physical therapy

service and identifies the role of the assistant in various aspects of physical therapy practice as well as

designated aspects of legal and ethical aspects of physical therapy practice and preparation of entry into

the work force. It also provides a forum for student discussion and exchange of clinical experiences and

student presentations of case studies and physical therapy topics.

Prerequisite: PHTA 218 and 230 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

2 Credit Hours

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Total Contact Hours: 32

PHTA 230

CLINICAL II – Sophomore Year, Fall Semester

This course is a continuation of PHTA 130 including supervised clinical practice in a physical therapy

department. Students perform physical therapy interventions with additional exposure to adult

orthopedic and neurological conditions. The students will develop critical thinking skills to advance

patient care interventions.

Prerequisite: PHTA 118, 130, and 216 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

2 Credit Hours

16 clinical hours/week for a total of 256 clinical hours

Note: Clinicals are assigned by the program and students may travel up to 70 minutes one way for clinical education experiences.

PHTA 232

CLINICAL III – Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

This course includes two full-time, four-week supervised clinical experiences and is a continuation of

PHTA 230. The student is given opportunities to practice more advanced physical therapy interventions

in a variety of practice settings such as geriatric, pediatrics, or adult rehabilitation. The student has an

opportunity to participate as a full-time member of the health care team.

Prerequisite: PHTA 218 and 230 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

4 Credit Hours

40 clinical hours/week for a total of 320 clinical hours

Note: Clinicals are assigned by the program and students may travel up to 70 minutes one way for clinical education experiences.

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ABILITIES AND SKILLS RELATING TO ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

The role of a Physical Therapist Assistant in the various health care settings requires academic,

cognitive, physical, and environment work/demands. To be successful as a PTA student and PTA

graduate, the following abilities are expected to be performed safely, ethically, and legally under the

supervision of the physical therapist.

Illinois Central College strives to provide reasonable accommodations as necessary to allow a PTA

student to be successful while maintaining the integrity of the field of physical therapy and patient safety.

Students who require assistance in review of reasonable accommodations should meet with ICC’s access

services. Further information at: ww.icc.edu/future students/campusServices_accessServices.asp.

In compliance with the American Disability Act, Illinois Central College and the PTA Program do not

discriminate on the basis of disability in the administration of its educational policies, admission

policies, student aid, and other college administered programs.

The PTA must have the abilities and skills necessary to provide competent patient care, which include

observation, communication, motor ability, intellectual-conceptual abilities, and behavior/social

attributes. Technological compensation can be made for some disabilities in certain areas, but the PTA

should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

The following abilities and skills are necessary in order to perform the duties of a PTA:

1. Observation: The PTA must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.

Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation. It is

enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell. The PTA must recognize a change in patient

status in which the supervising physical therapist must be notified.

2. Communication: The PTA must be able to speak, hear, and observe patients in order to provide

instructions and elicit information; describe changes in mood, activity, and posture; and perceive

nonverbal communications. A PTA must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with

patients. Communication includes not only speech but reading and writing. The PTA must be able

to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral, written, and electronic form with

patients/clients/consumers, co-workers, all members of the health care team, and other disciplines,

while respecting cultural diversity. The PTA must have the ability to read and comprehend clinical

textbooks and other education resources, procedures, numbers, and graphs displayed in print, on a

video, or computer monitor.

3. Motor Ability: PTA’s should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients

including: performing full-body range of motion, handling, moving/transferring of patients; utilizing

finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination; bending, reaching, pulling, pushing, and independently

be mobile repeatedly throughout an 8-hour period; independently walk on all surfaces and stairs,

throughout an 8-hour period unaided; frequently move and/or transfer patients and equipment using

correct body mechanics; performing bilateral upper extremity activities, including coordination of

both gross and fine muscular movement; demonstrating functional visual and auditory acuity with

correction and/or accommodations, if needed; tolerating noxious odors, perfume, unsightly wounds

and skin conditions; and manipulating common patient care items such as gait belts, blood pressure

cuff, and wheelchairs. The PTA must have sufficient motor skills to treat patients in a variety of

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care settings and to manipulate the equipment necessary. Such actions may require equilibrium and

functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

4. Intellectual-Conceptual Abilities: The abilities include problem solving skills; recognize patient

goals from the evaluation; and ability to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions

in a timely manner.

5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: A PTA must possess the emotional health required for full

utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of

all patient care responsibilities, and the development of appropriate relationships with patients. A

PTA must maintain composure when subjected to high stress levels; adapt effectively to

environments to ensure patient safety; respond quickly and in an emotionally-controlled manner in

emergency situations; retain confidential information, and communicate only such facts as the

recipient needs to know. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and

motivation are all personal qualities necessary for members of the health profession.

If you have concerns about meeting these standards, please make an appointment with the

Program Director and/or Dean.

Adapted version of document taken from Evaluation Instruments in Nursing, Bower, Line & Denega,

National League for Nursing: New York, p. 71, 1988. (Copyrighted material – reprinted by permission

of the National League for Nursing).

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Program Name: Physical Therapist Assistant

The checklist below is a tool to help ensure that your application will be reviewed for eligibility

for this program. Please make sure that you have checked each area and submitted

appropriate documentation where needed.

Completed/signed ICC application

Copy of high school/college transcripts (including ICC transcript accessible through e-services)

enclosed; or copy of GED documentation including scores enclosed (contact the Superintendent of the

Educational Service Region) (Packets submitted without copies of transcripts will not be scored)

Service Official Region) high school (Packets and college submitted transcripts without (sent copies from of the transcripts issuing institution will not to be ICC scored) Health Careers

Department sent no later than 2 weeks after submitting application, or enclosed in a sealed

envelope from issuing institution submitted in the application packet)

Compass placement test taken at ICC or equivalent test at another college (not required if you already

have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree) (scores available through testing office)

COMPASS READING score of 81 or higher or ‘C’ or better in ENGL 099 or (‘C’ or better in

ENGL 105 and READ 104)

ACT score of 20 or above (18 if tested prior to Oct. 28, 1989) or 18 or more semester hours of

approved courses taken at ICC or equivalent courses at other colleges (‘C’ or better required in

these courses; courses numbered below 110 do not apply)

Illinois Central College GPA of 2.0 or above (if you have attended ICC)

Last college attended GPA of 2.0 or above or 18 hours of approved program courses at ICC or other

colleges with a grade of ‘C’ or better

1 year high school or college math (‘C’ or better)

1 year high school Chemistry or equivalent college Chemistry ‘C’ or better

20 hours of documented observation in a Physical Therapy Department (2 different settings)

You must sign and date in the area below, stating that you have read and understand

the eligibility requirements of this program.

NAME DATE _ID #

The checklist below is a tool to help insure that your application will be reviewed and

Points determined for this program. Please make sure that you have checked each area

and submitted appropriate documentation where needed. Application deadline is

January 15 th of each year.

All program eligibility requirements have been met. (I am able to check each area of the above form)

Work experience/volunteer form enclosed, (optional)

Copy of previous health degree/certificate or licensure in health discipline, (optional)

NOTE: The PTA program is a summer start program. BIOL 140 must be taken during the

summer if not previously taken. BIOL 140 or BIOL 205 and BIOL 206 must be taken within 5

years of

admission into the program. HLTH 121 must be completed by the fall of the freshman year.

You must sign and date in the area below, stating that you have read and understand

the documentation needed for possible selection into this program.

NAME

DATE

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ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM

DOCUMENTATION OF OBSERVATION HOURS

Student Name: ____________________________________________

Student ID # : _____________________________________________

To ICC Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

______________________________________________________ has completed

observation hours in the Physical Therapy Department at the facility of:

__________________________________________________________________

from the dates of _____________________ through ______________________

for a total of _____________________ hours.

Sincerely,

Physical Therapy Department

ENCLOSE COMPLETED OBSERVATION FORMS WITH APPLICATION PACKET

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Program Name: PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

Applicant Name:_______________________

ID#:_______________________

All College Cumulative GPA

4.00-­‐3.50 10 points 2.99-­‐2.75 4 points

3.49-­‐3.25 8 points 2.74-­‐2.50 2 points

3.24-­‐3.00 6 points 2.49-­‐2.00 1 point

GPA Maximum Points = 10

ACT Score of 22 or more

Documented completion of a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree will earn a candidate

5 points in lieu of the ACT score of 22+. Study Skills 101, PSY 114, PSY 104, or READ 115

with a “B” or better will earn 3 points.

Grade Points Earned in Prerequisite Courses (most recent grade)

(courses that are required prior to application to the program) A B C

Chemistry 8 4 1

Math 8 4 1

ACT Maximum Points = 5

_________

_________

Grade Points Earned in General Education Courses (most recent grade)

(courses that can be taken before entering the program) A B C

BIOL 140 or (BIOL 205 AND BIOL 206 average) 8 4 1

ENGL 110 8 4 1

HLTH 121 8 4 1

PSY 110 8 4 1

Previous Health Degree or Certificate or Licensure in Health Disciplines

Certified Rehabilitation Aide (10 pts), Certified Nursing Assistant (10 pts),

Certified Massage Therapist (10 pts), all other Health Careers (5 pts).

(A copy of your license or other documentation must accompany your application)

Prereq. Maximum Points = 16

_________

Gen. Ed. Maximum Points = 24 _________

Work/Volunteer Experience in a Health Field

The work/volunteer form must accompany your application.

Note: Part-­‐time work hours will be converted using a 40-­‐hour week.

26+ months work experience 10 points

12-­‐25 months work experience

6-­‐11 months work experience

8 points

6 points

100 hours – 5 months work experience 4 points

100+ documented volunteer hours in a health field 3 points

Completion of HEOCC 111 (‘B’ or better)

PHTA 100 (satisfactory)

2 points

5 points

Previous Application

5 points will be awarded to students who submitted an application in the previous

year and were qualified to enter the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

D/C/L Maximum Points = 10

W/V Maximum Points = 10

_________

_________

Prev App Maximum Points = 5 _________

Office Use Only 05-­‐30-­‐09

Total Points = _________

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