Physical Therapist Assistant Program Continues to Grow

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If you enjoy helping others, problem solving and assisting in implementing established plans of care, a career as a physical therapy assistant may be for you! It’s an exciting time for the PTA program at Mountwest Community & Technical College as the clinical laboratory was recently relocated to its new facilities at the main campus on Fifth Street Road and the program was newly reaccredited.

The lab space is approximately 875 square feet and has the capacity to accommodate 14 students for clinical skills instruction. It contains equipment that represents a modern clinical practice setting, including electrical stimulation, ultrasound units, traction units, whirlpool, iontophoresis, and intermittent compression devices just to name a few. In addition, it is equipped with a hospital bed, high – low treatment tables, as well as wall-mounted treatment tables that are used to simulate functional activity training across the lifespan and in multiple healthcare settings.

All laboratory classes are held in this designated space in order to allow for hands-on application of clinical concepts and techniques. Open lab hours are available for program student use to provide additional practice time for skill attainment and laboratory competency exams.

With the relocation of the program complete, students have easy access to student services such as the resource center, financial aid, and the registrar. Students are also able to take advantage of the student café and bookstore.

The accreditation status of the Mountwest Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been reaffirmed by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), following its spring meeting. The program has received a 10-year accreditation status through June 30, 2023.

CAPTE is the only nationally recognized accrediting agency for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs. CAPTE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for this purpose.

“I’d like to thank all the individuals that participated in the accreditation process with special recognition toward the clinical facilities and instructors that have been instrumental in providing quality educational experiences for our students,” said Travis Carlton, Professor and PTA Program Director.  “The program strives to provide a quality education that meets the expectations of employers and the communities we serve.”

According to CAPTE, “Accreditation is a statement that a physical therapist assistant education program meets the standards for quality set by the profession.  The public is assured that accredited physical therapy education programs are evaluated extensively and conform to general expectations in the professional field. Because accreditation requires continual self-evaluation, regular reports, and periodic external review, the public can be assured the educational quality of the programs remains current and reflects changes in knowledge and practice of the profession.”

For additional information on accreditation, please contact the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone:  703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

Additional information on the PTA Program is available at www.mctc.edu or by contacting the program offices at either carltont@mctc.edu or odell8@mctc.edu. Applications will be available beginning November 15th in Room 427 of the main campus. The deadline for submission for the next class is March 15th.

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