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Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Physical therapist assistants provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. They help patients and clients who have movement difficulties due to injury or disease, by assisting the physical therapist with therapies designed to improve mobility, relieve pain, prevent or limit permanent physical disability and promote overall fitness and wellness.
The terms “physical therapist assistant” and “physical therapy aide or technician” are not synonymous. Physical therapist assistants complete an intensive education culminating in an associate degree. Aides and technicians are trained on the job and not typically eligible to provide physical therapy.
Physical therapist assistants work with individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest.
Seminole State College (SSC) and Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC) have come together to create the SSC-GCTC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. The core curriculum will be provided on the SSC campus with the technical portion of the program being held on the GCTC campus.
The SSC-GCTC PTA Program is a 1+1 program. The total program is 67 credit hours. Prior to entrance into the program, students must complete 20 hours of common core courses and 11 hours of support courses for a total of 31 hours of prerequisite work. Upon entrance into the program, students must complete 36 hours of technical training. The technical portion of the degree consists of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences. The approximately 2 years of training culminates in an Associate of Applied Science Degree granted by SSC. The student will then be eligible to sit for a state licensure examination.
The PTA works in a variety of settings under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist (PT) to develop mobility, relieve pain, prevent physical disability, and promote wellness. The PTA program is designed to prepare the student to perform at entry-level as a PTA. A PTA must be a graduate of a program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and must satisfy the licensing requirements of the state where they wish to work.
Program Accreditation Status
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Gordon Cooper Technology Center with Seminole State College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy June 1, 2017, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
The first cohort of students will experience a delay in their ability to register for and take the licensure examination. Students will graduate in December of 2018. CAPTE will meet the following spring to determine if the program will receive full accreditation. If the program does receive accreditation, the next possible date to register will be in June, which will allow graduates to take the exam in July of 2019.
Please note that students who enroll in the first program cohort do so at their own risk, and will not be able to sit for the licensure exam until the program has attained accreditation status. If accreditation is not attained by the program, students may count up to 21 of the technical occupational hours toward the major field electives in a liberal studies degree.
The SSC- GCTC PTA Program mission is to provide quality learning environments preparing people for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant and success in the workplace, in education and in life. Successful graduates will be committed to community involvement, evidence-based practice, and continual professional development in their field.
Student and Graduate Goals
Students will acquire knowledge and develop skills which will enable them to pass the national licensure examination to become licensed physical therapist assistants.
Students will develop the skills necessary to perform as an entry-level clinician who will work under the direction of a physical therapist.
Students will seek lifelong learning opportunities to enhance their skills and positively impact the profession.
Students will display a commitment to service for both their communities and the profession.
Faculty members will display a commitment to service for both their communities and the profession.
Faculty members will maintain involvement in and promote evidence-based practice in their teaching and professional involvement.
The program, through faculty and students, will display commitment to both the community and the physical therapy profession.
The program resources will be evaluated on an annual basis by the PTA Oversight Committee to ensure that quality learning environments are provided for students.
Requirements for Admission
Students wishing to apply to the SSC-GCTC PTA Program must first meet all admission requirements to SSC. The proper steps to take for admission can be found online at http://www.sscok.edu/Admissions.html.
All pre-requisite coursework must be completed by December, prior to the first course of the technical portion of the degree plan to be eligible for application.
Upon acceptance into SSC, prospective students may apply to the PTA Program. Applications will be available in the SSC Admissions Office AUGUST 1. All completed applications are to be submitted to the SSC Admissions by OCTOBER 1 of each year. Applications must include the following:
Official Transcripts for all collegiate level academic work including degrees conferred
Proof of residence (if qualified to receive GCTC points for residence)
Evidence of any completed GCTC Allied Health Programs
Evidence of prior work in a health related field (must include timeline)
Documentation of 40 observation hours completed in a minimum of 2 settings on provided form
Proof of current CPR
Clinical Education Handbook
Shakira Judeh, PT, MPT is the Program Director. She has twenty years of clinical and management experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, swing bed, nursing home, home health and the school systems. In addition, Ms. Judeh has performed as a Clinical Instructor for MPT, DPT and PTA students. Shakira has completed Barnes Myofascial Training and Craniosacral Therapy Training, and enjoys utilizing manual therapy applications to maximize results. Ms. Judeh has specialized training in pelvic floor dysfunction and pregnancy related pain syndromes. She has created a pelvic floor dysfunction program, and patient education classes regarding urinary incontinence and managing pregnancy related pain.
Laci DiLibero, PTA, CKTP is the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. She has nine years of clinical experience. She also has management experience in the outpatient pediatric setting. She has worked in pediatric settings that include outpatient and school systems. Laci is a certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner with an emphasis in pediatrics. She also has clinical experience with custom and prefabricated orthotics, wheelchair/seating and equipment needs and aquatics. Mrs. DiLibero was instrumental in developing orthotic and aquatic programs as well as being a clinical instructor for Tulsa Community College. Mrs. DiLibero has presented in-services on various topics to include torticollis and kinesiotaping techniques.
Faculty Contact Information
Seminole State College Gordon Cooper Technology Center
2701 Boren Blvd. One John C. Bruton Blvd
Seminole, OK 74868 Shawnee, OK 74804
(405) 382-9700 (405) 214-3203
Complaints regarding the program should be addressed to the PTA Program Director, Shakira Judeh at email@example.com.
Shakira Judeh, PT, MPT
Laci DiLibero, PTA, CKTP
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
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