Expected Growth of Occupations
Data from the NYS Department of Labor predicts that New York will need approximately 15,560 new healthcare practitioners and healthcare technicians per year to meet the needs of the state's health care system.
Expected Growth of Occupations
*Data taken from NYS Occupational Handbook
Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT). Following examination and evaluation, the physical therapist designs individualized treatment programs for patients and clients. The PTA helps in providing these treatment interventions, reporting the patient's progress and response to treatment to the PT as well as documenting in the patient's medical record. PTAs help patients achieve relief of pain and improved movement and function through physical therapy interventions which may include therapeutic exercise, functional training and physical therapy modalities such as heat, hydrotherapy and electrotherapy.
Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, schools, government agencies, private clinics, home-care and other settings.
NCCC's PTA program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, (703) 684-2782 or (800) 999-2782. Upon successful completion of the PTA program, students are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination and be certified in New York State.
NCCC PTA Program Mission
The mission of the NCCC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is to serve the Western New York region by providing high-quality preparation of physical therapist assistants, who, under the direction of a physical therapist, administer physical therapy interventions in a compassionate, legal, safe, and effective manner. The program curriculum content, learning experiences, and assessment processes serve to prepare students for entry level PTA positions as well as for lifelong learning within the ever-changing health care environment.
Goals of the NCCC PTA Program
- The program will provide academic preparation of graduates capable of meeting the regional workforce need for PTAs.
(Related program outcomes 1, 2, 3*)
- The program will prepare graduates who possess entry-level or better clinical skills to work under the direction of a physical therapist.
(Related program outcomes 6, 9, 10, 11*)
- The program academic and clinical faculty will provide learning experiences reflective of current practice in a variety of health care settings, and build knowledge of the importance of evidence-based practice. Related program outcomes 4,5*)
- The program academic and clinical faculty will foster professionalism in graduate interactions with patients, clients, families and other health care providers and staff.
(Related program outcomes 7, 8*)
- The program will offer a learning environment which will prepare graduates for participation in opportunities for continued professional growth and development.
(Related program outcomes 12, 13*)
- The program faculty will maintain currency in contemporary physical therapy practice through continued professional growth and development. (Related program outcome 8*)
*NCCC PTA Program Outcomes
- The pass rate for graduates on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) will be 85%, or better overall, averaged over two years.
- 85% of graduates will be rated overall above average or better on employer surveys.
- For those seeking employment, 90% of graduates will be employed within one year of their graduation, averaged over two years.
- Students will rate clinical education faculty as above average or higher for provision of a learning experience reflective of best physical therapy practices at least 60% of the time.
- Students will rate PTA academic faculty as above average or higher for provision of a learning experience reflective of best physical therapy practices at least 60% of the time.
- Clinical education faculty will rate academic preparation of students for best physical therapy practices as above average or higher at least 70% of the time.
- All clinical education faculty will have a record of participation in at least one activity of professional development, continuing education, or community service within the past two years.
- All academic faculty will have a record of participation in at least one activity of professional development, continuing education, or community service within the past year.
- Students will rate the PTA classroom and laboratory equipment as above average or higher at least 60% of the time.
- Program faculty will rate the PTA classroom and laboratory equipment as above average or higher at least 60 % of the time.
- Clinical education faculty will rate the knowledge and ability of students to use facility equipment as above average or higher at least 60% of the time.
- At least 90% of students in their final clinical education experience will plan on participation in professional development, continuing education, or community service activities within a year of graduation.
- At least 50% of graduates will have participated in professional development, continuing education, or community service activities within a year of graduation.
NCCC Program Statistics
- NCCC PTA program accreditation status: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited through 2017. (Next site visit is scheduled for January 2017.)
- Graduation rate: Average for years 2012 - 2014: 70.8%.
- Licensure (certification) examination pass rate: Average for years 2012, 2013 and 2014: 100%.
- Employment rate: 100% of graduates (who sought employment) were employed as PTAs within six months of passing the certification examination.
The NCCC PTA program boasts experienced faculty who are doctors of physical therapy with a strong interest in evidence based practice and instruction. With small class sizes, faculty-student interaction is enhanced as students progress through a challenging and rewarding academic journey. The on-campus educational environment includes a physical therapy laboratory, where students will learn and practice physical therapy skills by practicing on classmates. The laboratory is generously equipped with current physical therapy technology and equipment, and has a lovely view of a courtyard garden. Clinical practical instruction occurs in a multitude of diverse clinical settings, affording students the opportunity to work with actual patients, and to develop further expertise in what has been learned in the classroom. Development of professional behaviors is emphasized throughout the curriculum, and students may participate with faculty in local and distant professional association meetings, community and professional association service activities, and in presentation of student clinical in-services.