Program Information

Program Overview

BPCC's PTA Program consists of a Pre-PTA component and a Clinical component. Students may work at any pace (part time/full time) to complete the pre-PTA courses and other requirements. When the pre-PTA courses have been completed (with a “C” or better), students apply for admission to the clinical component. Applications for the clinical component of the program are taken each spring, with a new clinical class beginning each July. The program is designed so that a full-time student may complete the pre-PTA component in 1 year and the clinical component in 13 months.

Program Data


  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
# Admitted to PTA Program 20 20 20 20 20
# Graduated with  PTA AAS 20 20 20 18 20
Pass Rate  on Licensure Exam 95% 100% 90% 94% 94.7%
Employed within 6 months of passing Licensure Exam 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Program Mission

The PTA Program is committed to:

  • Provide an accredited program of instruction in Northwest Louisiana and the surrounding area for students who desire to pursue education in physical therapy at the associate degree level.
  • Serve the needs of the regional physical therapy community through graduating well-qualified physical therapist assistants to work under the direction of physical therapists in a variety of clinical environments.

Accreditation

The Bossier Parish Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),Will open new browser window or tab 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email accreditation@apta.org ; website www.capteonline.orgWill open new browser window or tab

Program Philosophy

The PTA Program at BPCC:

  • stresses clear delineation of PT/PTA roles and responsibilities.
  • values variety in instructional delivery strategies to meet the needs of diverse learning styles.
  • establishes a learning environment that utilizes state of the art equipment and technology to prepare graduates to perform to industry standards.
  • facilitates the assimilation of knowledge and skills from across the curriculum through case-based laboratory practicals and assignments that foster critical thinking.
  • supports student skill development through the provision of quality and variety in clinical education experiences and instruction.
  • emphasizes student growth in the area of affective skills and professional behaviors.
  • encourages lifelong learning and skill development.
  • participates in service to the profession and consumers of physical therapy.
  • is committed to excellence through ongoing assessment and revision of curriculum and instructional methods.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the Clinical PTA Program is based upon a competitive selection process that occurs once a year. All applicants are ranked by the PTA Clinical Selection Committee on predetermined criteria that are both academic and non-academic. Cumulative GPA for eligibility to apply is 2.50 or higher. Qualification course GPA must be 2.5 or higher with a "C" or better in all required courses. The Clinical Application Packet includes additional eligibility requirements, detailed instructions, deadlines and procedures for clinical application. The top ranking 20 applicants are offered admission to the Clinical PTA Program that begins in the summer semester, session "C."

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Special Requirements

  • Students who are selected for the clinical component of the PTA Program must be available for daytime, evening and occasional weekend classes.
  • Clinical PTA students must be prepared to complete one or more full-time clinical rotation/externships (4-5 weeks in duration) at an out of town facility.
  • Students selected for PTA clinicals must adhere to the PTA Clinical RequirementsPDF Filerelated to additional tests/immunications required, documentation submission and policies/procedures of the division/program.
  • Students selected for PTA clinicals pay a clinical fee, in addition to regular tuition, each clinical semester.