Program Overview

Cerritos College

Program Overview

I.  Length and Kind of Program

The program is four semesters in length.  General education and physical therapist assistant classes are scheduled on the college campus.  Correlated clinical experiences begin the second semester and continue throughout the program.  These experiences take place at selected hospitals and clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

II.   Admission Procedures and Requirements

1.              Academic Requirements

a.              Acceptable scores on the College Placement Tests for Writing, Mathematics and Reading clearance or deficiencies removed.

Completion of ENGL 100 or equivalent. 

b. MATHEMATICS PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT:

1. Completion of MATH 80 or equivalent.

2.     For other options, see your counselor

c.            Anatomy and Physiology 150 & 151or equivalent course with a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent is any combined anatomy/physiology course of 5 units or more or separate courses of 8 units total. All courses must include a laboratory component. 

d.            All deficiencies in academic requirements must be removed.  An overall grade point average of 2.0 must be attained prior to admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, and a grade of “C” or higher must be attained for each general education and required course.

Applicants who have not completed 1a-d will not be considered for admission.

2.              Health

a.              Applicants must present evidence of physical fitness and ability to perform tasks required of a physical therapist assistant.  Lab, x-rays and immunization records meeting hospital standards must be completed after acceptance into the program.

III.  Selection Procedures

 1.             Academic Evaluation

a.           All required documents, including transcripts, test scores, work-in-progress reports, and work verificaiton from a physical therapist employer must be in the Health Occupations Division Office by April 15.

b.           No student whose college grade point average is below 2.0, who has a “D” or “F” in any general education class, or who has not cleared Writing, Math, or Reading deficiencies can be considered.  These are considered minimum standards of academic preparation. 

c.           Additional consideration will be given for work experience in the field of physical therapy or related areas, and for students who have completed additional medical or science related classes.

IV.  Expenses

Students are expected to purchase a student body card.  Enrollment fees, project fees, uniforms, books, and supplies will cost approximately $2,500.  Students are responsible for their own living accommodations, uniform laundry, and transportation to selected hospitals and clinics. 

V.  Attendance and Scholarship  

All students are expected to observe the attendance requirements of the College and of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.  To remain in the program, the student must maintain a “C” or higher in each required and general education course.  Lab coats are required in all hospital lab classes (PTA 126, 236, and 246).

Procedures for Application (To be completed in order as listed) 

1.           Complete application to the program.  This can be obtained in either the Health Occupations Division (562) 860-2451, extension 2550, or Counseling Office, extension 2231 or downloaded from www.cerritos.edu\ho  All applications and information must be returned by April 15.  Accepted applicants will start in the Fall Semester.

2.           Submit official transcripts of all college work to the Health Occupations Division with the program application..

3.           Submit assessment test scores for English, Reading and Math with your application by April 15.  If you have not taken these tests, proof of clearance by course work must appear on your college transcript.  If you do not have course work or test scores to submit, apply to Cerritos College, obtain a student number, take the assessment test battery at the Assessment Center and record your test date on your program application by April 15. 

4.           It is advised that you make an appointment with a counselor to review test scores and college work.  To make an appointment with a counselor, call (562) 860-2451, extension 2231. 

5.           As soon as all of the above material is received and reviewed, you will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance after May 15.  However, if you are completing admission requirements during the spring session, a work-in-progress report must be submitted to the Health Occupations Division at the end of the first four weeks of the course. 

6.           If you are accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, you must present a valid CPR card for Basic Life Support Course Level “C”, offered through the Heart Association or the American Red Cross prior to the first hospital experience (PTA 126).  Card must be valid throughout the program.

7.     Background checks are required and drug-screening may be requsired.

**    The program has made every reasonable effort to determine that everything stated in the information sheet is accurate.  Matters contained herein, are subject to change without notice by the administration of the department for reasons related to student enrollment, level of financial support or for any reason at the discretion of the Program.  The Program further reserves the right to add, amend, or repeal any of the rules, regulations, policies and procedures, consistent with applicable laws.

VI.  CURRICULUM  

        Pre-requisites: A&P 150 & 151, satisfactory scores on Assessment Battery Test or proof of course completion to remove deficiencies.  Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better and at least a "C" or higher in each general education and required course.  Current certification in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-Basic Life Support) required prior to first hospital experience (PTA 126).

FIRST YEARCourse NameUnits
First Semester  
PTA 110Introduction to Physical Therapy4
PTA 120Kinesiology4
   
Second Semester  
PTA 125Pathology3
PTA 126Clinical Practicum I4
PTA 127Soft Tissue Interventions2
PTA 128Physical Therapy Aspects of Growth, Development3
PTA 235Neurology3
   
Summer Semester  
PTA 129Aging and Integumentry Management1.5
   
SECOND YEAR  
First Semester  
PTA 230Therapeutic Exercises4
PTA 233Prosthetics and Orthotics for Allied Health Professionals2
PTA 236Clinical Practicum II4
   
Second Semester  
PTA 240Activities of Daily Livin2
PTA 245Advanced Modalities3
PTA 246Clinical Affiliation4
PTA 250Licensure Examination Preparation1

See Cerritos College Graduation Requirements

 

THE FOLLOWING COURSES MUST ALSO BE COMPLETED TO QUALIFY FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE:

Course numberCourse descriptionUnits
ENGL 100
Freshman Composition
3
MA 161
Medical Terminology
3
PSYC 101
General Introduction to Psychology
3
SPCH 100
      or
SPCH 130
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
                        or
Fundamentals of Speaking
3
 
Natural Sciences 
3
US History or Political Science
Social Science
3
 
Humanities or Fine Arts
3

VII. Program Specific Data

 

Clinical placements are a mandatory component of the curriculum and may require clearance of a criminal background check.  Students who do not clear agency requirements are not eligible for clinical placement and will, consequently, be ineligible to continue in the program.  If there is any concern regarding clearance of a criminal background check, please contact the Health Occupations Division for additional information.  

 

Each year the program accepts 32 students from a pool of 170-270 applicants.  Once accepted into the program, the class to class success rate varies between 84-100%.  Graduation rates vary between 80-100%.  Employment for the last three years has been 95% or higher.  National Board pass rates for first time takes have varied between 70-95% with an ultimate pass rate varying between 83-100%.  Employment opportunities are readily available and are offered in Physical Therapy Departments located in in-patient, out-patient, rehabilitation, geriatric, and pediatric centers.

 

Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650, (562) 860-2451
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