Physical Therapist Assistant

associates Degree

Exceptional hands-on training—from one of the region’s best PTA programs, hands down.

Why should you consider getting your Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate of Science degree from Bay State College?  To start, our program is perfect for anyone who wants a career that helps people regain movement and function—and that offers many opportunities for professional and personal growth. As America's population continues to age, there will be an increased demand for physical therapy services In fact, jobs for Physical Therapist Assistants are predicted to grow by over 30% in the next decade.

With that kind of opportunity out there, it just makes sense to choose a PTA program with a great reputation.  Bay State’s two-year PTA Associate Program definitely has that standing. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Bay State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. We have had 100% passage rate on the National Licensing Exam.  And for the past few years, Bay State placed 100% of its PTA graduates in full-time positions.

Is Bay State’s PTA program challenging?  It has to be in order to graduate the very best PTAs. But you’ll also get a lot of support along the way, starting with your professors, who bring real-world physical therapy experience into the classroom every day. In addition to classroom and lab, all of our PTA students must participate in three 6-7 week clinical affiliations for a total of 240 hours of critical hands-on experience.  Many of our students receive their first job offer while completing one of their “clinicals.”

To get your career moving, Bay State’s Career Services department can help you find just the job you want. In the past, they have placed our graduates at some of the area’s leading institutions, including Cambridge Health Alliance, Genesis Rehabilitation, Braintree Rehabilitation, Jump Start Physical Therapy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, New England Sinai Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Falmouth Sports Therapy, Whittier Rehabilitation and more.

Ready to reach out to a new career as a PTA?  Take our hand.

Learning Objectives:

All graduate physical therapist assistants, working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, will:
  • Actively participate in the safe and effective prevention of and intervention for movement disorders across the lifespan and for those with lifelong disabilities.
  • Promote health and wellness across the life span and for those with life-long disabilities
  • Effectively use critical thinking skills and evidence based practice to address the physical therapy needs of a diverse patient population in a variety of clinical settings
  • Demonstrate legal, ethical and professional behavior.
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  • Effectively and professionally interact and communicate with relevant stakeholders in verbal, non-verbal and written formats.
  • Demonstrate attributes of effective self-assessment and lifelong learning.
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  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of physical therapy interventions.

Program Objectives:

In meeting its ongoing goals, Bay State College’s Associate PTA Program:
  • Accepts qualified students who have met admissions criteria, which identify potential for successful completion of the program.
  • Provides academic and clinical faculty who meet the academic and experiential qualifications determined by the PTA Program and who ascribe to the PTA Program Mission and Goals.
  • Provides a comprehensive curriculum, which includes an organized and sequential series of integrated learning experiences.
  • Provides academic and clinical facilities that support and enhance the learning experience.
  • Performs timely evaluation and review of student/graduate performance relative to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Goals.
  • Implements timely revisions to the PTA Program that are based on results obtained from ongoing PTA Program assessment and that are consistent with the PTA Program’s mission statement, goals, objectives, curricular philosophy, and curricular design.
  • Remains compliant with all CAPTE criteria.

Mission

The Mission of the Bay State College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to provide academic and clinical training leading to the associate of science degree in Physical Therapy for students who will practice as Physical Therapist Assistants under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.

Student Outcomes

Graduation

Year

Graduation

Rate

Licensure 

Pass Rate*

Employment

Rate**

2009

53%

96.4%

100%

2010

78%

96.7%

100%

2011

65%

95.2%

100%

2012

75%

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100%

 *Weighted average ultimate pass rate for past 3-year period

**Employed within 6 months following licensure as PTA

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