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PTA Program FAQs

About the program at Delta College

What is the length of the program?
The technical phase of the program is 4 semesters long (Fall, Winter, Fall, Winter).

What kind of time commitment is required of students in the PTA program?
Each semester in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is 12+ credits and requires a full-time commitment to be successful. Students spend many hours outside of class studying and practicing skills.

Is the PTA program offered in a day or evening format? 
Most PTA courses are offered during the day, however students may occasionally be asked to be available on nights or weekends for special events.

Are any of the courses offered online?
None of the PTA courses are offered exclusively online, however the Internet is used in all program courses.

What is the cost?
View tuition and fees.

Is financial aid available?
Yes! Visit our Financial aid page.

Is the program accredited?
Yes We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Admission to the PTA Program

How often do you admit students into the PTA program?
We accept a new cohort (group) of students every year in the Fall.

What are the admission requirements for the PTA program at Delta?
Students must complete the pre-requisite courses (and click on the program details and requirements tab) and required observation hours before they can be considered for admission into the program (link to the curriculum page) 

How many observation hours are required and when can I start working on these?
We require a total of 40 hours of observation, split between two different clinical sites. Students are responsible for setting up their observations on their own. Students must take the observation hours form with them and have it filled out as verification of their experience. There is no required window of time to complete the observation hours – you can start at any time.

How do I apply for the PTA program at Delta?
All students interested in applying to the program at Delta should read this information.

Is there a waiting list for the PTA program?
Please contact the program coordinator for an up-to-date answer to this question.

What can I do while I am waiting to get into the program?
Many students take business or health classes, work on a dual degree, pursue a certification, work/save money or volunteer in the field.

Information about the physical therapy field

What is the job outlook for PTAs?
Employment in physical therapy (full- or part-time) within six months of passing the licensure exam was 100 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to graduate surveys.

What is the difference between a PT and a PTA?
Visit the American Physical Therapy Association website to learn more about the differences between a physical therapist and a physical therapist assistant.

Where can I get more information about the field?
To learn more about being a PTA, visit the APTA website.

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