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 summer. 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 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.

Program Goals And Expected Outcomes

Goal #1: Provide a comprehensive and effective curriculum informed by outcomes.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Graduate performance on National Physical Therapy Exam Content Areas meet or exceed the National Mean.
  • Students and graduates will achieve 100% of the Program Learning Outcomes.

Goal #2:  Admit, retain and graduate competent, knowledgeable  PTAs who achieve licensure and gain employment.

Expected Outcomes:

  • 90% of all admitted PTA students will graduate with the  Associate of Applied Science degree in PTA
  • BPCC PTA Licensure Pass-rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam will exceed CAPTE requirement of 85%
  • 90% of all program graduates will be employed within 1 year

Goal #3:  Prepare students & graduates to provide high quality patient care.

Expected Outcomes

  • Clinical Instructors evaluate student PTA performance during internships to be 4/5 on all clinical performance indicators
  • Employers are  95% “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the performance of program graduates

Program Data

  2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021

2-year average
(2020-2021)

Graduation Rate 100% 95% 95% 95%
Pass Rate on Licensure Exam 100% 100% 100% 100%
First Time Pass Rate on Licensure Exam 100% 94.7% 89.5% 92%
Employed within 6 months of passing Licensure Exam  100% 100% 100% 100%

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Bossier Parish Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 318-678-6110 or email one of the PTA Program advisors, Ms Bryant , Ms Cox, or Ms Emory


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.”

Bossier Parish Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, qualified disability, marital status, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of its operations. Bossier Parish Community College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. More information on our policy.


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 Requirements related to additional tests/immunizations 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.
  • Students selected for PTA clinicals must attend a full-day orientation the week before classes begin. Date for this orientation will be provided to students in their selection letter.