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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Provide healing help to people of all ages recovering from illness or injury. Learn how our bodies work and train to aid licensed therapists in this growing field. 

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What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

This two-year program prepares the student to become a skilled assistant working under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide patient services that alleviate physical impairments and restore function.

The program utilizes a selective admissions process with limited enrollment. Admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance into the program. New students are admitted once yearly with PTA courses beginning in the Spring Semester. Anticipated start date of the progam is January 2021.  

The Associate in Applied Science Degree is comprised of 26-30 hours of general education course work and 40 hours of program-specific technical course work, including three clinical experiences at various clinical sites. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NTPE).

What are my career choices?

Demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and growing rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity. 

A physical therapist assistant may work under the supervision of a physical therapist in settings such as rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, extended care facilities, athletic training facilities, home health care, school systems, and hospitals.

What are my degree options?

Advising Plans

PTA Admissions Point System (pdf)
Download Program Overview (pdf)
Download Observation Hours Form (pdf)

PLEASE NOTE THAT OBSERVATION CRITERIA HAVE BEEN WAIVED FOR THE CURRENT ADMISSIONS CYCLE. 

Pre-Admission Conference Dates
(Applicants must attend one session prior to admission deadline October 1, 2020)

All students planning to submit an application by October 1, 2020, must attend a Virtual Pre-Admission Conference and watch a video. To attain access to these, please complete the form below. Pre-admission a link to the pre-conference information will be emailed to you. 

PTA Program Virtual Pre-Admission Conferences are scheduled for the following dates: 
- Thursday June 11, 2020 from 11 am - 12 pm 
- Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 5 - 6 pm
- Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 5 - 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020 from 4 - 5:30 pm
- Tuesday,  Sept 8, 2020 from 4 - 5:30 pm
 
Conferences will occur through Microsoft TEAMS, and may be accessed through computer or call in via telephone. The web links will not be “live” until the day of the event.

The MCTC PTA Program is located on the Montgomery Campus, in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, with classroom, laboratory and faculty offices located on the second floor of the facility. Students enrolled in the program are expected to attend all program courses in person unless otherwise specified in course syllabi. General education courses may be completed at any KCTCS institution or may be transferred from other accredited institutions. Prospective students with transfer credits should submit a transcript to the Office of the Registrar to determine the transferability of those course credits prior to application to the program.

The MCTC Physical Therapist Assistant Program provides a contemporary and comprehensive curriculum to prepare graduates for entry-level employment as physical therapist assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.  Graduates will be equipped to perform duties as critical thinkers in an ethically and culturally competent manner, and will understand the values of lifelong learning and personal development.

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; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Maysville Community and Technical College  is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2020. 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 PTA Program utilizes a standard, uniform grading scale to which it strictly adheres.  Students must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher.  The scale is:

A: 92 – 100%
B: 83 – 91%
C: 75 – 82%
D: 67 – 74%
E: < 74%

Following the steps below will help guide you through the admissions process. 

1.    Apply to MCTC
- Click the Start Your Application link at Maysville.kctcs.edu
- Choose Montgomery as your home campus

2.    Request any prior college transcripts be sent to MCTC
- Contact prior college Registrar office to have transcripts sent to MCTC  

3.    Take ACT if not already previously taken
- Register at act.org

4.    Schedule an appointment to discuss program with PTA Program Director
- You may meet in person at the Montgomery Campus or via telephone
- To schedule an appointment with Mary Alice Prater visit https://go.oncehub.com/maryaliceprater

5.    Begin taking pre-requisite classes
- See the PTA curriculum on-line at https://maysville.kctcs.edu/education-training/program-finder/physical-therapist-assistant.aspx

6.    Take the TEAS Allied Health Test

1.  How to create a new TEAS account
https://maysville.kctcs.edu/education-training/program-finder/HowTo%20Create%20New%20Account%20New%20ADACompliant.pdf 

2.  How to pay for the TEAS assessment
https://maysville.kctcs.edu/education-training/program-finder/How%20to%20Pay%20for%20TEAS%20Assessment.pdf

3.  Schedule a time to take the TEAS
(you can come to the Maysville campus and test in person,
or you may test remotely, Jerry will be available 

a.   Contact Jerry Morrisison @ jerry.morrison@kctcs.edu
or 606-759-7141 extension 66191



7.    Attend a PTA Pre-Admissions Conference
(All applicants must attend one session prior to admission deadline 10/1/2020)

PTA Program Virtual Pre-Admission Conferences are scheduled for the following dates: 
- Thursday June 11, 2020 from 11 am - 12 pm 
- Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 5 - 6 pm
- Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 5 - 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020 from 4 - 5:30 pm
- Tuesday,  Sept 8, 2020 from 4 - 5:30 pm (Virtual)

 

Contact us with any questions you may have

Dr. Mary Alice Prater, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist Assistant
PTA Program Director, Assistant Professor
859-499-6282 Ext. 66509 maryalice.prater@kctcs.edu

Scott Mellenkamp, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Instructor
859.499.6282 ext. 66505 scott.mellenkamp@kctcs.edu

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years (five semesters) when you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Dr. Mary Alice Prater, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist Assistant

PTA Program Director, Assistant Professor

859.499.6282 ext. 66509

maryalice.prater@kctcs.edu

Scott Mellenkamp, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Instructor

859.499.6282 ext. 66505

scott.mellenkamp@kctcs.edu