Margaret Oreskovich, Department Chair
PTAs work under the direction of physical therapists, helping to manage conditions such as back and neck injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, strokes, multiple sclerosis, birth defects, injuries related to work and sports, and many other conditions. You will work in a broad range of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing, extended care, sub-acute facilities, homes, schools, fitness centers and sports training facilities. The employment rate for the classes of 2014 and 2015 was 100%.
The AAS degree prepares you to serve as a PTA within 5 semesters. The program is offered 2-2½ days per week except during the clinical experiences which occur in the third and fifth semester. Clinical experiences are scheduled for 40 hours per week and placement is typically anywhere in Southern Colorado. Learning experiences include lecture and interactive lab opportunities in a spacious lab with state-of-the-art equipment.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Pueblo Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 719-549-3433 or email Margaret.Oreskovich@pueblocc.edu.
Students accepted into the PTA program must pass a background check and drug screen before being officially admitted into the program. The background check and drug screen must be repeated before the student begins the second year of the program. Students are responsible for all expenses associated with internships and must provide their own transportation to and from clinicals. Financial aid is available through the PCC Financial Aid Office. Additional scholarship and grant information will be posted on the PTA bulletin board as it becomes available.
The PTA Program has a selective admissions policy. You must submit a PTA application that is available through the Health and Public Safety Division or the PTA website. General Education requirements include ENG 121 , COM 115 , PSY 101 , HPR 178 , BIO 201 and PHY 105 . BIO 201 and PHY 105 must be completed before the application due date of May 25. All general education courses must be completed with a “C” or above and the applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.50. Once in the program you must also have a health care provider CPR card to attend clinical experiences and you must provide proof of current immunizations and purchase liability insurance.
Note: Clinical sites used during the program require that you successfully complete a background check and drug screen. These need to be completed before final acceptance into the program.