The Physical Therapist Assistant program at LaGuardia Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
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The Physical Therapist Assistant program develops students to be ethical, knowledgeable, and responsible rehabilitation professionals that are ready and willing to serve the patients, the profession, and to positively influence the health of society. A PTA must be a diligent worker and a strong communicator.
Students interested in applying to LaGuardia Community College should contact the Admissions Office. New students selecting PTA as their major are considered to be in the pre-clinical phase.
Progression to the technical phase of the program is competitive and is by acceptance into candidacy. Students must apply for candidacy and be accepted in order to enter the technical phase. Successful candidates are scheduled to begin the technical phase in Session II of the following semester (six months after notification of acceptance into the technical phase) Candidates will forfeit their seat in the program if they are unable to begin as scheduled.
The pre-clinical phase of the PTA program consists of all required general education and elective courses, including Key Courses. Pre-clinical students are considered candidates for the technical phase.
Students must first complete, or be in the process of completing, the four key courses with a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the semester they are applying for candidacy.
Eligible students are then ranked according to a scoring system of grades in Key Courses and any pre-clinical courses taken up to the end of the candidacy semester. Learn more about the scoring system and additional candidacy requirements in the PTA Admission Handbook.
All Pre-Clinical courses must be completed prior to the start of the first Clinical course.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Proof of Residency Requirement
Beginning the fall 2016 semester all students applying for candidacy in the LaGuardia Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program must provide documentation in one of the following categories, in addition to meeting the program’s candidacy requirements:
Students who are interested in pursuing a health career and are unable to provide documentation in one of the categories listed above are urged to contact the Office of International Student Services located in Room M166 or call (718) 482-5143 to schedule an appointment. In addition, the City University of New York provides free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students through the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project. Further information can be located at the following CUNY website: http://web.cuny.edu/about/citizenship.html.
Candidacy and the Technical Phase
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What makes this major unique?
PTAs work closely with other rehabilitation professionals in the same clinical environment and with the same patient/client population. Physical therapy places heavier emphasis on manual therapeutic intervention and physical training to address patient/client’s functional limitations and pathology.
The main difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy is that OT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform activities of daily living and PT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform a particular movement of the human body. In other words, OT takes a holistic approach to make sure a client is adjusted and able to perform daily tasks, whereas PT seeks to effectively treat a specific biomechanical problem.
The PTA program is not designed to prepare students toward any career other than PTA. A PTA graduate must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to be licensed to practice. A PTA follows the plan of care designed by the Physical Therapist.
A PTA degree does not lead directly to a Doctor of PT degree. There is no direct articulation from the PTA program to a DPT program except a few DPT programs in the US offering some form of transitional programs for PTAs with specific requirements.
In general, the advanced medical degree programs (Doctor of PT) will require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of general science credits. Those that are interested in advancing their career to become a doctor of any of the medical disciplines, including DPT, will need to complete a bachelor’s degree and then apply to those professional schools. Most of those professional schools do not specify what major the applicants must have. However, they all have a set of general math & science requirements at an undergraduate level, and work/life/professional experiences for anyone applying to their programs. On the other hand, practicing PTAs interested in the management, exercise/wellness, academic, or public health sides of health care may consider seeking degrees in those respective areas at the undergraduate and graduate level.
This program has a waiver to list specific courses to complete Common Core requirements.
A. REQUIRED CORE: 13 credits
English: 6 credits
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
Select one course from the following: 3
Life and Physical Sciences: 4 credits
B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 13 credits**
To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select the following:
* Key courses for candidacy
** Additional Common Core courses will be required when transferring to a CUNY College.
|Health Science: 5 Credits
|HSF090 First Year Seminar for Health Sciences
|SCN195 Community Health
|SCO230 Functional Pathology
|PTA Core: 37 Credits
|SCT101 Introduction to Physical Therapy
|SCT102 Ethical and Legal Concepts for PT
|SCT203 Clinical Kinesiology
|SCT211 Therapeutic Procedures I
|SCT212 Therapeutic Procedures II
|SCT220 Mobility Skills in Physical Therapy
|SCT221 Functional Gait Training Skills
|SCT230 Orthopedic Therapeutic Exercise
|SCT231 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
|SCT290 PTA Clinical Education and Seminar I
|SCT291 PTA Clinical Education and Seminar II
|SCT292 PTA Clinical Education and Seminar III