• Physical Therapist Assistant
    95% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-five percent of SCC's 2016 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Placement
    Physical Therapist Assistant
    95% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-five percent of SCC's 2016 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Placement
    Physical Therapist Assistant
    95% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-five percent of SCC's 2016 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Placement
     

Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Welcome

    Welcome to the program. We have a new Admissions process for the class that will start in January of 2018. This process is outlined in the following 6 links. Please open each link and read and follow the information. We look forward to your application.

    *The deadline for the January of 2018 application cycle has been extended.  Application materials will be due on June 30, 2017.   Please see the link to the timeline below for more information.

    Admissions Process

    We strongly encourage you to contact the Pre-Health Advisor, Michele Saucier for assistance in completing the Program Advising Sheet correctly. Her contact information: phone 402-437-2688; email: msaucier@southeast.edu.

    Overview

    Students in SCC's program are educated in the skills and knowledge required for entry-level practice as a physical therapist assistant. Effective communication with patients, caregivers, and members of the health care team, clinical decision making, and personal and professional development through lifelong learning are some of the requirements of a physical therapist assistant.  Students also learn to practice within the legal, ethical and professional standards established by the state of Nebraska and the American Physical Therapy Association.  The didactic portion is comprised of classes and labs on SCC's Lincoln campus.  The clinical component involves on-site education at facilities that have been pre-approved by Southeast Community College and the SCC PTA Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.  Program graduates become eligible to take the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examination and apply for state certification or licensure.

    You're a Good Fit for this program because . . .  

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southeast Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314; Telephone: 703-706-3245; Email: accreditation@apta.org; Website: http://www.capteonline.org.

    Accredited by CAPTE

    Get started by reading our Pre-health Admission Requirements.

    Employment Outlook

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow 41 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the health care needs of an older population and growing rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Recent SCC graduates are reporting an average hourly wage of $19.85.

    Starting Terms

    Acceptance to the program is contingent upon successful completion of the prerequisite courses. Refer to the New Admission Criteria and Program Requirements for further details.

    Complaints

    Complaints regarding the program or the program graduates should be first addressed to the PTA Program Chair, Bridget Clark, PT, MPT. Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Chair should be directed to Charlotte Pasco, Dean of Health Sciences Division. Ms. Pasco's email address is cpasco@southeast.edu and her phone number is 800-642-4075, ext. 2729.  All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility. Complaints regarding Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:  www.capteonline.org.

    Physical Therapist Assistant-AAS

    Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings; outpatient clinics; hospitals; inpatient rehabilitation facilities; skilled nursing, extended care, or sub-acute facilities; homes; education or research centers; schools; hospices; industrial, workplace or other occupational environments; fitness centers and sports training facilities. 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 limiting their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs must complete an associate degree and be licensed, certified, or registered in most states. Care provided by a PTA includes teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
    Curriculum
    PTAS Admission Requirements
    Requirements

    Program Requirements & Student Responsibilities

    Admission requirements:*

    1. New paper application for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
    2. PTA Program Advising Sheet documenting completed prerequisite courses with the required GPA.
    3. Written Essay.
    4. Ten hours of job observation must be completed and submission of the Job-Observation Form.
    5. Professional Resume.
    6. Transcripts—if you have taken ANY of the required prerequisite courses at another college, you must submit an official copy of your transcript.  It is recommended to submit your transcripts prior to the submission of the application materials so it does not delay the processing of your application.  Have the transcripts sent directly to SCC – Admissions Office, 8800 ‘O’ Street, Lincoln, NE 68520.

    *See the Admission Criteria for more detailed information

    Program Requirements:

    1. ll students must receive a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in the general education courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in the science courses.
    2. Science courses include Anatomy and Physiology. General education courses include oral communication, written communication, math, social science, computer technology and related courses required by the programs, such as Medical Terminology.
    3. A current Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Health Care Provider (HCP) by the American Heart Association (required prior to clinical education PTAS 1301).
    4. Submit completed Health Statement to the Health Sciences Division (when requested by program faculty).
    5. A criminal background check will be required of each student in this program.  Based on the outcome of the background check, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences or completing the program.  A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed for the criminal background check.
    6. Please note: Misdemeanor or felony convictions may prevent a graduate from acquiring a state license. (Contact the State Licensing Board if there are questions.)
    7. A two-step skin test for tuberculosis and/or a chest X-ray are required. Seasonal flu immunization is required.
    8. All PTAS courses must be completed with a grade of 75% (C+) or higher to progress through the program (and must be taken in sequence.)
    9. Complete program orientation.
    10. Anatomy and Physiology completed within the last five years.
    11. Students admitted to a Health Sciences program at Southeast Community College requiring a clinical rotation at a contracted healthcare facility will submit to initial drug and alcohol testing prior to the first clinical rotation.

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    Clinical Education

    Requests for information on the Clinical Education program, including clinical sites and rules and regulations, should be made to Ian Thompson, PTA, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

    Welcome

    Welcome to the program. We have a new Admissions process for the class that will start in January of 2018. This process is outlined in the following 6 links. Please open each link and read and follow the information. We look forward to your application.

    *The deadline for the January of 2018 application cycle has been extended.  Application materials will be due on June 30, 2017.   Please see the link to the timeline below for more information.

    Admissions Process

    We strongly encourage you to contact the Pre-Health Advisor, Michele Saucier for assistance in completing the Program Advising Sheet correctly. Her contact information: phone 402-437-2688; email: msaucier@southeast.edu.

    Overview

    Students in SCC's program are educated in the skills and knowledge required for entry-level practice as a physical therapist assistant. Effective communication with patients, caregivers, and members of the health care team, clinical decision making, and personal and professional development through lifelong learning are some of the requirements of a physical therapist assistant.  Students also learn to practice within the legal, ethical and professional standards established by the state of Nebraska and the American Physical Therapy Association.  The didactic portion is comprised of classes and labs on SCC's Lincoln campus.  The clinical component involves on-site education at facilities that have been pre-approved by Southeast Community College and the SCC PTA Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.  Program graduates become eligible to take the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examination and apply for state certification or licensure.

    You're a Good Fit for this program because . . .  

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southeast Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314; Telephone: 703-706-3245; Email: accreditation@apta.org; Website: http://www.capteonline.org.

    Accredited by CAPTE

    Get started by reading our Pre-health Admission Requirements.

    Employment Outlook

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow 41 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the health care needs of an older population and growing rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Recent SCC graduates are reporting an average hourly wage of $19.85.

    Starting Terms

    Acceptance to the program is contingent upon successful completion of the prerequisite courses. Refer to the New Admission Criteria and Program Requirements for further details.

    Complaints

    Complaints regarding the program or the program graduates should be first addressed to the PTA Program Chair, Bridget Clark, PT, MPT. Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Chair should be directed to Charlotte Pasco, Dean of Health Sciences Division. Ms. Pasco's email address is cpasco@southeast.edu and her phone number is 800-642-4075, ext. 2729.  All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility. Complaints regarding Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:  www.capteonline.org.