Important Message about Changes to the Spring 2020 PTA Application Process
Dear 2020 PTA Applicant:
We know you have both questions and concerns about the upcoming PTA application deadline. The current COVID-19 situation has resulted in many changes to the way we will conduct the application process this year. BPCC Faculty and Staff have moved to 100% remote work until further notice. Although the campus closure will impact the PTA Program application process, be assured that we are still working and that your emails will be answered. Please read this announcement thoroughly as it will answer many of your questions. Understand that this is our BEST plan based upon what we know today, but due to rapidly changing circumstances may not be the final solution. For right now, be flexible and note these temporary changes:
Application Submission and Deadline:
The application packet deadline has currently been extended until May 1st. No face-to-face packet meetings will be scheduled. You will need to fill in and sign the PTA Program Application form, Essential Requirements form and the Academic Rating Request form. Convert your application forms to .pdf and email them to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. One of us will confirm receipt of your submission, complete and reply to you regarding your official transcript review and answer any questions you have about your packet submission.
Regarding Observation hours:
In response to current CDC recommendations and facility policies/ practices designed to minimize exposures to COVID-19, hospitals, nursing homes and physical therapy clinics will not be allowing observers or visitors in their patient care areas. Clinical observation forms may still be completed by the supervising PT or PTA on hours you have previously completed. Forms with fewer than 20 hours will be accepted for this reason. Failure to complete two 20-hour observation experiences will not result in disqualification of your application packet for the 2020 PTA application cycle.
The BPCC Testing Center is closed along with all other offices at BPCC. If the Testing Center reopens by May, we will set a final deadline for the completion of ACT WorkKeys accordingly. In the event that ACT WorkKeys are not made available prior to the Program’s deadline for making decisions, the Admissions Committee will discuss modifications to the scoring formula that will exclude ACT WorkKeys equitably applied to all applicants.
Interviews will still take place for those applicants who make it to the final step in the selection process. If face-to-face interviews are not possible, the Program will explore online videoconferencing technology. More details will be provided closer to the interview dates. Written essay questions will also still be required and will take place on the same day as your oral interview.
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs must complete a 2-year associate’s degree and are licensed health care providers. Examples of care provided by a PTA include (but are not limited to) teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
For a more complete description of careers in physical therapy, refer to the website of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Ms L. Bryant, PT, M.Ed.
PTA Program Director
Ms K. Cox, PT, M.Ed.
PTA Clinical Coordinator
Ms C. Emory
Available appointments for testing and packet submission may be limited close to the published deadlines. Please schedule early when eligibility requirements are met.
- April 15 – Program application deadline; Deadline to register online for ACT WorkKeys.
- May 1 – Clinical Observation Rating Forms deadline; ACT WorkKeys score submission deadline.
- May 13 – 14 – PTA Interviews; A mandatory 2-day interview process will be conducted. All applicants will receive notification by both mail and email of their eligibility for interview. Details regarding times and locations will be provided in the correspondence. Please make sure the contact information you provide on your application form is accurate.