Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Program Director- Jonna Schengel, MA, PT
ACCE/Faculty- Maria Fermoile, PT, DPT


PTA Office 
915 S. Mooney
​John Muir 125
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.


Admission Requirements

·         Graduation from an accredited high school or GED equivalency

·         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 fall semester.

·         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.


Career Opportunities

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.


Program Outcomes 

  • Effective May 2, 2012 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; email:
  • We currently accept 26 students out of approximately 80-100 applicants each year for fall admission.
  • Graduation rate is 96% for the 2012, 2013 graduates
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  • The PTA Program had a 100% successful employment rate of the 2013 graduates
  • Total Percentage of Graduates who took the NPTE and passed is 96% for the 2012 class; 100% for the 2013 class

Program Goals
Graduates will be able to:

1.      Pass the national physical therapist assistant licensure exam; measured by an 80% pass rate on the NPTE/PTA licensing examination. 

2.      Demonstrate 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. 

3.      Adhere 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. 

4.      Demonstrate patient safety at all times; measured by 100% completion of lab check offs

5.      Achieve a successful transition from an education program to professional employment as a PTA; measured by a 80% employment rate of graduates. ​​​​

Last Updated: 12/19/2013 11:07 AM