College of the Sequoias
PTA Program Application.pdf
Admission Procedures and Requirements
(BIO 30) or equivalent course with a grade of "C" or higher. An
equivalent is any anatomy course of 4 units or more. Course must include a
(BIO 31) or equivalent courses with a grade of "C" or higher. An
equivalent is any physiology course of 4 units or more. Course must
include a laboratory component.
grade point average for Bio 30 and Bio 31 must be a minimum 2.5.
overall grade point average of 2.5 in the General Education requirements
must be attained prior to admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant
Program, and a grade of a "C" or higher must be attained for
each general education course.
Applicants who have not completed the above
criteria will not be considered for admission.
"College of the Sequoias does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment),
handicap (or disability), or age in any of its policies, procedures, or
practices, incompliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
(pertaining to race, color, and national origin),Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972 (pertaining to sex), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973 (pertaining to handicap), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975
(pertaining to age), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This
nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and
employment in, the college's programs and activities, including
A physical examination with form signed by a physician, immunization
records, and back ground checks meeting hospital standards must be completed
after being accepted into the program.
The following Essential Technical Standards identify essential
eligibility requirements for participation in the College of the Sequoias
Physical Therapist Assistant Program:
Work Hours :
to work up to 8-10 hour per day up to 40 hours per week at clinical sites.
Work Environment :
to hazardous material and blood borne pathogens requiring safety equipment
such as masks, head coverings, glasses, rubber and latex gloves, etc.
be able to meet clinical and academic performance standards.
travel to and from training site.
Cognitive Abilities :
and work from written and verbal orders.
effective verbal and written communication skills.
and be able to implement related regulations and clinical policies and
technical competency in patient care and related areas.
presentations to individuals and small groups.
patient assessments and counsel patients and families.
changes in vital signs and measurements.
The PTA student's health care practitioner will verify that the
student can meet the physical demands and perform these physical activities:
and/or walking up to seven hours throughout an eight and/or twelve hour
crouching, or stooping several times per hour.
and carrying a minimum of 30 pounds several times per hour.
and moving up to a 300 lb. patient in a 2-3 person transfer.
overhead, above the shoulder at 90 degrees.
and/or pulling objects and equipment weighing up to 300 lbs.
eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and accessories and/or
evaluate radiographs for technical quality under various illumination
levels (i.e., illumination varies from low levels of illumination to
amber/red lighting to bright light levels.)
to communicate with the patient and health care team.
sufficient verbal and written skills to effectively and promptly
communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team.
medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches,
knobs, buttons, and keyboards, utilizing fine and gross motor skills.
the assigned training related tasks/skills responsibilities with the
intellectual and emotional function necessary to ensure patient safety and
exercise independent judgment and discretion.
the above standards/functions to respond promptly to the patient needs and/or
(Approximate and subject to change)
Tuition fees $1200-$1500 ($46 per unit)
Physical Examinations/Immunizations $250
Background Check/Drug Screen $200
Application for License $750
National and State dues for student APTA $103
First Hand Basic Evaluation Kit for Students $85
Vinyl Gait Belt (with APTA Student Membership) $25
*All cost are approximate and are subject to change.
Students are responsible for their own living accommodations,
uniform laundry, and transportation to/from selected hospitals and clinics.
Attendance and Scholarships
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
Program Specific Data
The first year of the program will accept 18 to 26 students from
a pool of applicants. Employment opportunities are readily available in
Physical Therapy Departments located in in-patient, out-patient,
rehabilitation, geriatric, and pediatric centers.
The COS PTA program has been granted Candidacy and is
approved to accept students.