Therapist Assistant Program
Director- Jonna Schengel, MA, PT
ACCE/Faculty- Maria Fermoile, PT, DPT
915 S. Mooney
John Muir 127
Visalia, CA 93277
Students completing this degree will have a
foundation for the fields of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, physics and movement
science through the study of basic principles of patient management,
engineering and physics for the PTA, physical agents and modalities,
pathophysiology, orthopedics, neurorehabilitation for the PTA, therapeutic
exercise and will acquire skills for patient care,
application of modalities and physical agents, implementation of therapeutic
exercise and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation under the PT plan of care and
clinical education hours. This PTA program must comply with the accreditation
requirements set by the Commission Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
(CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Graduation from an accredited high school or
Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
2.5 or higher GPA on combined biology prerequisites:
BIOL 30 (Anatomy) 4 semester units including a lab component; BIOL 31
(Physiology) 4 semester units including a lab component.
A minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisite
courses is required. Please be advised that a “C” in all prerequisites courses
does not meet the 2.5 minimum GPA requirements.
No more than one repetition of any biology
course is allowed. W’s count as a repeat.
Clinical placements will require background
check and drug screen prior to clinical courses.
Applications are due by June 15th each year for
Upon admission to the program, all applicants
must provide the following valid and current information: American Heart
Association Health Care Provider CPR Card; health clearance (Immunizations and
physical exam); California driver’s license; California automobile insurance
and reliable use of transportation.
Upon successful completion of this degree,
students will be prepared for careers or employment
in the following fields: acute care hospitals,
skilled nursing facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, inpatient
rehabilitation centers, school based health care services.
- Effective May 2, 2102 College of the Sequoias was
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;
- We currently accept 26 students out of
approximately 80-100 applicants each year for fall admission.
- Graduation rate is 96% for the 2012 graduates
- Check out our Facebook page for career
opportunities at https://www.facebook.com/COSPTA
- The PTA Program had a 100% successful employment
rate of the 2012 graduates
- Total Percentage of Graduates who took the NPTE and
passed is 92% for the 2012 class
Graduates will be able to:
the national physical therapist assistant licensure exam; measured by an 80%
pass rate on the NPTE/PTA licensing examination.
competence in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domain necessary to
provide Physical Therapy services under direction of a Physical Therapist:
measured by an 80% graduation rate of students who start the PTA program.
to professional behaviors set by APTA’s Code of Ethics and Guideline for
Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant; measured by 80% student membership
in the APTA.
patient safety at all times; measured by 100% completion of lab check offs
a successful transition from an education program to professional employment as
a PTA; measured by a 75% employment rate of graduates.