Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of
physical therapists and assist patients/clients recovering from injury or illness.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at LaGuardia Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245email: firstname.lastname@example.org: capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 718-482-5943 or email email@example.com. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification and must take the National Certification Exam to practice in New York State. The PTA program consists of pre-clinical and clinical phases. Students must be an Undeclared Health- PTA major to apply for candidacy into the clinical phase. Acceptance to the clinical phase is limited to twice per year and is competitive. PTA students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the PTA Admissions Handbook and obtaining further information by attending a PTA Orientation Session. For the two year period from 2016-2017 LaGuardia's PTA Program has: 90.82% Graduation Rate 96.15% Pass Rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination 100% Employment Rate
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. In addition to the GPA requirement, a pre-program entrance exam called the TEAS (Test of Academic Skills) administered by Assessment Technologies Inc. (ATI) is included in the determination of a student’s acceptance into the technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
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.
In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment. Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
TEAS result must be submitted to the PTA Program Director prior to the end of the semester applying to candidacy
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of physical therapist assistants in
the US is expected to grow 41% from 2012- 2022, providing increased
opportunities for employment as a physical therapist assistant.
who graduate from the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program
must pass the National Physical
Therapy Examination (NPTE) in order to be eligible for New York State
Certification. Passing the NPTE is required in order
to be eligible for license or certification in all 50 states. Federal law limits the
issuance of professional licenses, registrations and limited permits to United
States citizens or qualified aliens. Students with criminal records are
examined on a case by case basis in regards to New York State licensure.
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Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Review the Physical Therapist Assistant Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
An electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) is a personal website given to every registered LaGuardia student. An ePortfolio not only helps you set educational and career goals, it is also a tool for reflective learning that can help you learn about yourself. LaGuardia is widely recognized for its innovative, comprehensive ePortfolio program; visit the ePortfolio site to learn more.
Learn more about the PTA Program on our students’ e Portfolios:
Andrea Villalobos Emily Long Karolina Podkalicki Kerry Goff Willie Tran