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Physical Therapist Assistant
The PTA is a licensed healthcare professional dedicated to high standards of clinical practice. The PTA Program at GCC is an intense, academically rigorous program and requires dedicated, hardworking students with solid support systems. In order to pass the challenging national licensing exam and achieve the skill set necessary for excellence in clinical practice, students can expect a demanding course load, robust study, considerable practice of treatment techniques, research and collaborative project work outside the scheduled class hours.
As a PTA, you will be a professional member of the health care team. This allows you to be directly involved in helping people with injuries to relieve their pain as well as heal and to regain function so as to lead a more normal, independent life. You will be able to work at many different kinds of health care facilities, such as sports care clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and schools with a wide range of patients
FIND OUT IF PTA IS THE RIGHT CAREER FOR YOU BEFORE YOU START PAYING TUITION!
Join us for a PTA Information Session at GCC by calling PTA program at (585) 343-0055 x6402 to register.
Shadow a PTA Student for a day at GCC
Send email request to: Chris Caputi, Associate Professor/Director of PTA Program.
Shadow a PTA at a clinical health care facility — SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19
Download and fill out the volunteer documentation form, and submit it to:PTA Office
Genesee Community College
One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
The Physical Therapist Assistant degree program at GCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, and is designed to prepare you for the national licensing exam. 97% of our 2016 & 2017 graduates who took the National PTA Licensing Examination have passed it. 96% of our 2018 graduates have passed this exam on the first time. These pass rates are higher than the national average. Passing this exam provides the graduate with a professional license that is recognized nationally. For our graduating classes of 2016 & 2017, 98% of our graduates who sought employment were employed as a PTA within one year of graduation.
The program includes on-site internship opportunities at health care facilities. The curriculum provides hands-on lab experiences in functional anatomy, kinesiology, pain management, massage, orthopedic therapeutic exercise, and neurological treatment techniques used with pediatric and geriatric populations.
You can complete the degree in as little as two years of full-time study, or you can choose a more flexible part-time class schedule for a large portion of the curriculum
The Physical Therapist Assistant is an educated health care provider who assists the Physical therapist in the provision of physical therapy. Duties of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) include: training patients in exercises and activities of daily care living; conducting treatments utilizing special equipment; assisting in performing test, evaluations and complex treatment procedures; and observing and reporting the patient's responses.
PTAs work in many types of settings, such as general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, developmental centers, nursing homes, schools for handicapped children, and community health centers. Currently there are not enough physical therapy practitioners to meet the needs throughout the country.