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University of Pittsburgh -- Titusville
Physical Therapist Assistant Program

INTRODUCTION

Physical Therapy is the health care profession which focuses on the enhancement of human movement and function and the alleviation of pain through prevention, rehabilitation, public education and research. Physical therapist assistants perform physical therapy services such as application of therapeutic heat and cold, gait training, therapeutic exercise, wound care, and family and patient education under the supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants work with individuals of all ages in a number of practice settings including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, private practices, specialty clinics and nursing homes.

According to the 1997-1998 "Occupational Outlook Handbook," employment demand for physical therapist assistants is expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations through the year 2005. Average starting salary for 1998 University of Pittsburgh at Titusville's PTA graduates was $28,000.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program will provide the student with a variety of learning experiences in order to develop the level of competency required to deliver quality patient care. By the completion of the program, the student will have the knowledge and skills needed to sit for board exams. Graduates are encouraged to advance further personally and professionally through continuing or advanced education, clinical, research, and community activities. Graduates may choose to specialize in a particular area such as pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, orthopedics, or neurology.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS -- 2 Year Track

  1. High school graduate with a GPA of 2.25 or greater or GED of at least 250.
  2. SAT scores of at least 850.
  3. Applicants must take the writing and math placement tests. If the applicant does not test into General Writing (ENGCMP 0200) and Algebra (MATH 0031), the application must take preparatory clases and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  4. Ready for ENG COMP 0200. Students not ready for ENG COMP 0200 may elect to register for the 3-year track.
  5. Ready for MATH 0031. Students not ready for MATH 0031 may elect to register for the 3-year track.


SECOND TERM REQUIREMENTS


  1. Complete all first term requirements with at least a 2.0 in each course.
  2. Completion of 40 hours of volunteer work in a physical therapy clinic.
  3. A positive letter of recommendation from a physical therapisdt or physical therapist assistant with whom he/she has volunteered.


Admissions Procedure -- 3 Year Track


  1. High school graduate with a GPA of 2.25 or greater or GED of at least 250.
  2. SAT scores of at least 850.


Fourth Term Requirements -- 3 Year Track


  1. Complete all first term requirements with at least a 2.0 in each course.
  2. Completion of 40 hours of volunteer work in a physical therapy clinic.
  3. A positive letter of recommendation from a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant with whom he/she has voluntered.


ADMISSION PROCEDURE


Interested students must be admitted to the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville and declare physical therapist assistant as their major. Students must complete all courses in sequence with at least a 2.0 in order to continue in the PTA Program. Additionally, students must complete 40 hours of volunteer work in a physical therapy clinic and receive a positive recommendation from their supervising physical therapist or physical therapist assistant prior to beginning Introduction to PTA (PHYSTA 0110).


For more information, contact Janet M. Exley, MS, PT, Program Director, at 814/827-4441, e-mail: jm
exley+@pitt.edu
or visit our website at http:/www.pitt.edu/~uptacad/uptpta.html

ACCREDITATION

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.


 

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