Enter one of today’s most rapidly growing and rewarding careers through the physical therapist assistant associate degree program at Mercyhurst North East. Our PTA program will prepare you to become an important member of a health care team, where you will work under a physical therapist to provide hands-on care that helps improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Through both classroom and clinical work, you will gain knowledge and skills in services ranging from the use of physical agents such as therapeutic heat and cold, electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound; application and instruction of therapeutic exercise techniques; functional mobility training; and data collection skills to monitor strength, range of motion, sensation, and reflexes.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to complete the National Physical Therapy Examination for the physical therapist assistant, which is required by most states to become certified / licensed as a PTA. Additional information about the field of physical therapy can be accessed through the American Physical Therapy Association.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mercyhurst University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
PTAs help physical therapists in their daily activities, which include assisting patients during rehabilitation. Their patients include accident victims and clients with such conditions as burns, amputations, stroke, vertigo, low back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work in a variety of settings, including:
Other MNE alum have gone on to earn a bachelor's degree in sportsmedicine at Mercyhurst's Erie Campus and other four-year institutions. Our Internal Transfer Coordinator, Jackie Fink, can help you determine if a move to Mercyhurst's Erie Campus is right for you.
Physical therapy remains a viable and rewarding profession with continued growth expected over the next eight years. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics "employment is projected to increase much faster than the average, as rapid growth in the number of middle-aged and elderly individuals increases the demand for therapeutic services." Earning potential for a PTA varies from region to region. As reported by the BLS, the median annual earnings for a PTA are $46,140.
Please use the downloadable "Degree Requirements" sheet below as a guide to successful completion of this program. You should also meet with an academic adviser to set up a more personalized plan. If you are a transfer student, you may check with the admissions office prior to enrollment to find out what classes may transfer in and be applied to your program.
The following outcomes data is provided to allow potential students to make an informed decision regarding their college choice. This information is provided as a two-year average:
Acceptance and matriculation rates for students entering between 2013 and 2014
· 85% of qualified applicants are accepted.
· 72% of those accepted actually enroll.
· Admissions cap for the program is 35.
Graduation rates for students graduating 2015 through 2016
· 85% of those who began classes in the fall term graduated within two years.
· 91% of those who entered the first technical course in the spring term graduated on time.
Ultimate pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination for students who graduated 2014 through 2015
· 92% of graduates who have taken the exam have passed.
Employment rates for students who graduated 2014 through 2015
· 95% of qualified graduates who seek employment are employed as physical therapist assistants within one year.
In addition to Mercyhurst North East's standard requirements for admission, which include a high school diploma, a minimum GPA of 2.5, and either an ACT, SAT or MNE Placement Test score, individuals applying for admission to the physical therapist assistant program are subject the following standards:
Transferring in from another college? Transfers are welcome in this program, assuming we get a final, official college transcript from each college you have attended. If you still owe another college money, and cannot get a transcript, you will not be permitted to start classes. Check out our credit transfer policies to get an idea of what credits may transfer in.
If you have any questions regarding your admission into the program, please contact the Office of Admissions at 814-725-6144 or email email@example.com.
Mercyhurst North East ensures that qualified individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in educational and employment programs offered at the university. In higher education, it is the student’s responsibility to disclose their disability. Any student who has a history of a diagnosed disability or suspects that he/she may have a disability is encouraged to contact the MNE Learning Differences office. The MNE Learning Differences office is responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Office: Karsh 206, Phone: 814-725-6299, 814-725-6141, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program faculty believe that each individual in our society has the right to receive quality health care. Physical Therapy represents an integral part of a dynamic health care system which has developed in response to the ever changing need of society. As a part of the health care system, Physical Therapy is dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness, prevention of injury or dysfunction, and restoration and maintenance of function, considering the total needs of the individual. At Mercyhurst, students gather the knowledge insight, skills and vision necessary to lead fulfilling and productive lives. The program carries on the University mission by preparing graduates to function effectively within the health care system while respecting the dignity and rights of others. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program strives to foster an atmosphere of compassion for others as valued individuals and strives to instill the importance of lifelong learning.
Students studying in the physical therapist assistant program get hands-on training in the 1,800-square-feet PTA Lab. A variety of equipment is housed in the lab, including:
Students gain exposure to equipment not available on site through field trips to area facilities.
Gifts to this fund will be used at the discretion of the PTA Program director, and will be used entirely to support current PTA students continue and complete their studies in the field Danny so loved. Click here to make a contribution.