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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
College of the Sequoias

 

College of the Sequoias

Physical Therapist Assistant Program ​

Applications are accepted January through June 15th of each year.

Fall 2017 application.pdfFall 2017 application.pdf
 


Admission Procedures and Requirements

 

Academic Requirements 

  • Human Anatomy (BIO 30) or equivalent course with a grade of "C" or higher. An equivalent is any human anatomy course of 4 semester units. Course must include a laboratory component.
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  • Human Physiology (BIO 31) or equivalent courses with a grade of "C" or higher. An equivalent is any human physiology course of 4 semester units. Course must include a laboratory component.
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  • Combined grade point average for Bio 30 and Bio 31 must be a minimum 2.5.
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  • An 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.
  • Applications are ranked by the grade received in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology; ties are broken by overall GPA. 

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 vocational education."

  •   The PTA Sr. Secretary will notify student by email of complete application received.


Health Requirements 

Upon Acceptance into the PTA Program

Hospital/Clinical Site Standards Require:

 

  • A physical examination with form signed by a physician
  • Current immunization records at all times during the program​
  • Proof of a current Drivers license
  • Proof of current auto insurance 
  • Background/drug screen check
  • CPR certification from the American Heart Association (AHA only)

 

 


The following Essential Technical Standards identify essential eligibility requirements for participation in the College of the Sequoias Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

 

Work Hours:

  • Able to work up to 8-10 hour per day up to 40 hours per week at clinical sites.
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Work Environment :

  • Exposure to hazardous material and blood borne pathogens requiring safety equipment such as masks, head coverings, glasses, rubber and latex gloves, etc.
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  • Must be able to meet clinical and academic performance standards.
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  • Must travel to and from training site.
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Cognitive Abilities : 

  • Understand and work from written and verbal orders.
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  • Possess effective verbal and written communication skills.
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  • Understand and be able to implement related regulations and clinical policies and procedures.
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  • Possess technical competency in patient care and related areas.
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  • Perform presentations to individuals and small groups.
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  • Conduct patient assessments and counsel patients and families.
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  • Assess changes in vital signs and measurements.
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Physical Demands: 

The PTA student's health care practitioner will verify that the student can meet the physical demands and perform these physical activities:

  • Standing and/or walking up to seven hours throughout an eight and/or twelve hour shift.
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  • Bending, crouching, or stooping several times per hour.
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  • Lifting and carrying a minimum of 30 pounds several times per hour.
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  • Lifting and moving up to a 300 lb. patient in a 2-3 person transfer.
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  • Reaching overhead, above the shoulder at 90 degrees.
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  • Pushing and/or pulling objects and equipment weighing up to 300 lbs.
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  • Utilizing 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.)
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  • Hearing to communicate with the patient and health care team.
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  • Utilizing sufficient verbal and written skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team.
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  • Manipulating medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches, knobs, buttons, and keyboards, utilizing fine and gross motor skills.
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  • Performing the assigned training related tasks/skills responsibilities with the intellectual and emotional function necessary to ensure patient safety and exercise independent judgment and discretion.
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  • Utilizing the above standards/functions to respond promptly to the patient needs and/or emergency situations.
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Expenses

COS PTA PROGRAM EXPENSES
Item
 
 
Approximate Cost
First Semester
 
Registration/9 PTA units x $46.00
 $418.00
Textbooks/Lab Manuals
$500.00
Physical and Immunization
$200.00
Complio (American Databank Tracking System)
$60.00
ASB Card (optional)
$7.50
Parking Permit (optional)
                      $25.00
Health Fee Spring/Fall
$19.00
Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)
$5.00
Student Representative Fee
$1.00
Background Check & Drug Screen
$70.00
APTA Membership
$103.00
FirstHand Student Kit – APTA member $85.95/Nonmembers $140.95
$85.95
Watch
$25.00
Mileage-Variable
 
Total Estimated First Semester Expenses
$1519.45
Second Semester
 
Registration/12 PTA units x $46.00
$552.00
Textbooks/Lab Manuals
$500.00
Uniforms/Polo Shirts (2), closed toed shoes, slacks, belt
$250.00
ASB Card (optional)
$7.50
Parking Permit
$25.00
Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)
$5.00
         Student Representative Fee
$1.00
Scorebuilders Test Preparation Course (optional)
$125.00
Mileage – Variable –PTA 150 may require driving for approximately one  hour
$200.00
Total Estimated Second Semester Expenses
$1665.50
Third Semester
 
Registration/10 PTA units x $46.00
$460.00
Textbooks/Lab Manual
$500.0
Neehr Perfect – Electronic Medical Subscription
$60.00
Uniforms/3 Additional Polo Shirts
$75.00
Parking Permit (optional)
$25.00
Health Fee Spring/Fall
$19.00
Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)
                                  $  5.00
Student Representative Fee
$1.00
Mileage –Variable
 
Total Estimated Third Semester Expenses
$1145.00
Fourth Semester
 
Registration/12 PTA units x $46.00
$552.00
Scorebuilders Test Preparation Course (optional)
$125.00
Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)
$5.00
Student Representative Fee
$1.00
State Exam/Pro Metric Fees
$500.00
NPTE PEAT Examination – Practice Tests
$125.00
Fingerprinting/Live Scan (price range $75-125)
$125.00
Class Picture
$50.00
Mileage-variable – PTA 160-161 may require driving for approximately one hour
$500.00
Total Estimated Fourth Semester Expenses
$1983.00
TOTAL ESTIMATED PROGRAM EXPSNESES FOR FOUR SEMESTERS
$6312.95


 

 

*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

 

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 courses.

 

Program Specific Data

 

The PTA program accepts 26 students from a pool of applicants each fall semester. Employment opportunities are readily available in Physical Therapy Departments located in in-patient, out-patient, rehabilitation, geriatric, and pediatric centers.

 

Accreditation

Effective May 2, 2012 College of the Sequoias has been granted Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org).

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