PTA Program Fact Sheet


Physical therapy is a very rewarding career that makes a positive difference in the lives of people. As a physical therapist assistant (PTA), you can do things such as relieve pain and help your patients learn to walk. Our graduates are getting good jobs with this highly portable degree that allows you to take the national licensing exam and work in any state.

Career Opportunities

PTAs are listed as an occupation projected to have strong growth into the future. Career opportunity information can be found at www.PTJobs.com, www.genesee.edu/offices/career/, www.physicaltherapy.com/jobs, www.careeronestop.org, www.labor.ny.gov/stats/, www.careerbuilder.com, www.cs.ny.gov, www.indeed.com, and www.monster.com.

Employment Rates of Program Graduates (Average for graduating classes of 2017 & 2018):

96% of our graduates who sought employment were employed as a PTA within one year of graduation.

Program Acceptance and Matriculation Rate (Average for 2018 & 2019):

100% of all applicants who met the minimum academic prerequisite score (in math, biology and chemistry/physics) and submitted a complete application were offered acceptance into the program. 66% of accepted students matriculated by enrolling in the program. A new class of 30 students starts the technical course sequence every fall semester. Applicants are advised to complete the three academic prerequisite courses (math, biology and chemistry/physics) by the end of the fall semester, so they will have a complete application by January 15th of the same year they desire to start the technical course sequence. Qualified applicants will be accepted into the summer if spots remain open after the January 15th application deadline.

Program Graduation Rate (Average for 2018 & 2019 graduating classes):

82% of the students who started the program completed the program within a two year period. If nonacademic reasons, such as family/health issues and deciding a career change, are excluded from the 2 year average calculation, then the two year average graduation rate is 92%.

Pass Rates of Program Graduates on National PTA Licensing Examination (Average for 2017 & 2018):

100% of our graduates who took this exam have passed it. (96.3% of our graduates have passed this exam on the first time, as compared to a national average of 85.8% for 2017 and 2018.) The score to pass this exam is set nationally and no further examinations are required for renewal in the future.

Program Accreditation Status

The PTA program at Genesee Community College is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax St
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
telephone: 703-706-3245
email: accreditation@apta.org
website: http://www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the PTA Program/Genesee Community College directly, please call 585-345-6822 or email pckerr@genesee.edu.

Overview Of Costs for the PTA Program (2019-2020 Academic Year)

Annual College Tuition and Fees:

Cost Description
$4,350 For full-time student (for NYS residents)
$4,950 For full-time student (out-of-state)
$490 Mandatory fees for full-time student
$180 Tuition per credit hour for part-time student (NYS resident)
$205 Tuition per credit hour for part-time student (out-of-state)
$20 Mandatory fees per credit hour for part-time student

Program And Career Expenses:

Cost Description
$2,000 for required textbooks in all PTA courses throughout entire two years. (Additional funds will be required for textbooks in required courses that do not begin with the ‘PTA’ prefix, such as English.)
$250 Professional membership, and licensing exam practice materials (exams & review course)
NOTE: $708 additional fees will be required after graduation for NYS registration and national licensing exam registration fees.

Clinical Internship Expenses:

The PTA program includes three clinical internships that are full-time experiences in different types of health care settings.

REQUIRED clinical expenses for the entire program include the following:

Cost Description
$100-400 for a health physical exam(s), lab work and immunizations. (Your insurance policy may pay for all or part of the cost.)
Due to the timing of the clinical internship courses, you may need either one or two health physical exams.
$0-1,200 Health Insurance is required for any student participating in the clinical education component of the curriculum. This coverage may represent a considerable expense for students. Students are advised to consult with their employer for options or state government sponsored programs for eligibility and costs. Due to recent changes in health care, the school no longer offers a health insurance program for students. Proof of medical insurance including hospitalization is required prior to each clinical affiliation.  
$54 for Malpractice Insurance  
$15 for a student name tag required by state law  

Travel Expenses:

Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing during clinical education periods. Placements may be up to one hour away from a student’s home.

POTENTIAL clinical expenses depend on your clinical assignment and may include the following:

Cost Description
$50-200 for tolls and/or parking fees
$50 for special footwear, depending on the dress code at the facility
$5-7/day for lunch, if purchased at the facility
$50-200 for appropriate professional attire such as dress clothes, scrubs, or other uniform
$200 - 500 for short-term housing for out-of-state clinical affiliation sites
$0-150 for criminal background check, fingerprinting and drug testing
$5-50 electronic medical record user fee
  Extra child care expenses to accommodate additional time away from the house

Where To Go for Financial Aid Information:

Please click on the following link https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/finaid/ for the GCC Financial Aid web page. To be considered for College-based financial assistance, students must be enrolled or accepted for admission. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1st of each year. By filing this form, students will be considered for various types of financial assistance offered directly by the College. FAFSA data received after February1 may be too late for campus-based assistance for that year.

In accordance with federal regulations, the New York State Human Rights Law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Genesee Community College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation in educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment.