Physical Therapist Assistant
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Quincy College prepares students for licensure and employment as Physical Therapist Assistants. Graduates will possess exemplary technical competence, be critical thinkers and practice ethically in various healthcare settings. The program is dedicated to the industry of Physical Therapy, lifelong learning and values a commitment to the community.
The Quincy College physical therapist assistant faculty is committed to graduating confident, knowledgeable clinicians who work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Guided by the practice that physical therapy necessitates specific complex cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors, the curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the professional standards of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Aligned with Quincy College’s mission to encourage academic achievement and excellence, the physical therapist assistant (PTA) program faculty and clinical educators value student learning and achievement both in and out of the classroom. Efforts are made toward a holistic, respectful learning environment. This collaborated effort includes a variety of learning resources and recognizes and understands differences in learning styles. An innovated approach will motivate the learner by utilizing contemporary education practices, technology, and competency based laboratory practice.
The PTA program is a five (5) semester, integrated full time day program of rigorous academic curriculum. The hybrid curriculum consists of foundational content, physical therapy technical courses, and a clinical education component. The program values and promotes excellence in education and includes evidence-based knowledge and clinical skills essential to the physical therapist assistant. The physical therapist assistant curriculum includes the necessary information to allow the student to gain the didactic knowledge, motor skills, and professional behaviors required to meet entry-level expectations of the physical therapist assistant working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The clinical education component is designed to integrate knowledge and professional behavior with patient care. Under the direction and supervision of the clinical instructors, students learn patient care skills as well as the value of lifelong learning.
Physical therapy practice encompasses health promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation for individuals from diverse populations across the lifespan. The Quincy College Physical Therapist Assistant program is committed to this philosophy and will strive to embed the importance of promoting wellness and contemporary practice into a holistic environment. The program is an integral part of the Quincy College community and is consistent with the stated mission of the College.
PTA Information Sessions
Join our Program Director, Christie Amorosino, as well as other members of the Quincy College community to learn more about our Physical Therapy Assistant program. Sessions are scheduled for the following dates. Please note that some dates are on campus and some are virtual. If you select a virtual session, you will receive a Zoom link the day before.
View the curriculum for this associate degree program in the latest college catalog here.
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Janet Pearson, Admissions Associate
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- Students applying to the PTA program will be required to attend an Information Session presented by the PTA faculty as part of the application process, either in person or virtual.
- Scholarships are available for the Fall 2022 cohort
- All new Fall 2022 PTA Students will be eligible for a $3000 First Year Scholarship
- Students admitted into the PTA program will be required to attend a mandatory PTA Orientation session on campus with PTA faculty in order to reserve their seat in the program. These will take place on the Plymouth Campus. Please contact Christie Amorosino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Graduates of the PTA Program at Quincy College are eligible to take the National PTA Licensure Exam which is administered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. For information on the NPTE- PTA Licensure Exam please refer to www.fsbpt.org. To find out detailed information about applying for licensure in a specific state, please refer to this page.
1. Graduates will receive an Associate in Science degree designed to lead to licensure/credentials to practice as an entry-level physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.
2. Graduates will be competent in all the skills necessary to perform as a Physical Therapist Assistant under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist in a variety of settings.
3. Graduates will be well rounded in their education including basic, clinical, and social science coursework to enhance their ability to think critically as a member of the healthcare team.
4. The program will promote the importance of continuing personal and professional development through service to the community, life-long learning opportunities, and membership in professional organizations.
The PTA Program at Quincy College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave. Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305; telephone:703-706-3245.
Student Financial Fact Sheet
The Commissioner on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education voted to require all Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs to “provide the public with current, accurate, reliable, and easily available information about the cost of attendance” (CAPTE Rules of Practice and Procedures 8.20(c) Student Costs).
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Complaints regarding the program or the program graduates should be first addressed to the PTA Chair, Christie Amorosino at email@example.com or (617) 405-5969. Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Chair should be directed to the Dean of Natural and Health Sciences, Karen Manning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 405-5960. All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility. Complaints regarding the Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
This Commission is located at 3030 Potomac Avenue Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22305-3085. Retaliation following a complaint submission is strictly prohibited and monitored by the Chair and/or the Dean of the Plymouth Campus.
Cost of the Program
Current cost per semester of PTA (Tuition only) based on the 2020-2021 academic year fee schedule.
Year 1 Fall : 19 credits = $12,884
Year 1 Spring :16 credits= $12,140
Year 1 Summer: 12 credits (Including Clinical Education I)= $5,079
Year 2 Fall: 16 credits= $10,678.
Year 2 Spring: 8 credits (including Clinical Education II and III)=$7,376
PTA Program Outcome Data
* This percentage reflects students who have passed the licensing exam and reported employment within 6 months of graduation.
Acceptance Review Process
PTA Applicants will be scored utilizing a Point System, out of 100 points. Points are based upon: Overall GPA (30), Prerequisite Grades(30), ATI TEAS Examination Score (30), Accuracy and Completeness of Application (3), Previous College Degrees (2), and Certification or Licensure as a Healthcare Provider and/or Previous Healthcare Experience (5). Please contact the Program Chair or Advising for more information.
Janet Pearson, Admissions Associate
(617) 984 – 1712
Physical Therapist Assistant Courses
- PTA 100
Introduction to the Physical Therapist Assistant
- PTA 110
PTA Interventions I
- PTA 112
PTA Interventions II
- PTA 113
Critical Application Skills I
- PTA 115
Medical Terminology for the PTA
- PTA 120
Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Function
- PTA 125
Manual Therapy for the PTA
- PTA 210
PTA Interventions III
- PTA 213
Critical Application Skills II
- PTA 220
PTA Interventions IV
- PTA 224
- PTA 240
Pathology for the PTA
- PTA 270
Clinical Education I
- PTA 280
Clinical Education II
- PTA 290
Clinical Education III
- PTA 260
Critical Application Skills III
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Essential Functions for Students:
There are several important factors for you to consider when you are determining your future career direction. To be successful in the PTA classroom and in your job following graduation, you should be able to meet all the following expectations:
Attend class approximately 10-25 hours a week or perform 40 hours a week of clinical education, depending on the stage of the program curriculum.
Complete all assignments on time.
Participate in classroom discussions.
Perform or instruct others in the following procedures (learned in class) in a timely manner: transfers, gait training, physical agents, activities of daily living, therapeutic exercises or activities, and data collection procedures.
Use sound judgment and safety precautions (exposure to blood-borne pathogens and/or infectious disease may occur as part of the educational experience). Students are trained in safety/infection control and are expected to follow these guidelines to avoid contracting or transmitting disease.
Meet class standards for successful course completion.
Use critical thinking when making decisions.
Follow standards stated in PTA Program Handbook and the PTA Program Clinical Education Handbook.
Address problems or questions to the appropriate person at the appropriate time.
Maintain classroom, work area, equipment, supplies, personal appearance and hygiene conducive to a professional setting as appropriate.
Behave in a competent, professional manner. Physical requirements for the PTA Program include the need to occasionally, frequently, or continually:
Sit 2-5 hours per day with lecture blocks up to 3 hours.
Stand 1-6 hours with lab time blocks up to 3 hours.
Lift up to 60 pounds.
Push/pull up to 50 pounds of force exerted at waist level.
Squat or stoop.
Use auditory, tactile, and visual senses to assess physiological status of an individual.
Demonstrate good standing and unsupported sitting balance.
Demonstrate good finger dexterity.
Coordinate verbal and manual instructions.
Communicate effectively with a variety of people through written, verbal, and nonverbal methods.
Use hands repetitively.
Shift weight in sitting or standing.
Demonstrate the ability to use a firm grasp while using physical therapy equipment and while performing physical therapy interventions.
Reach above shoulder level.
Kneel, kneel-stand, and half kneel.
Use equipment that emits electrical, ultrasonic, and thermal energy.
Physically move and transfer patients.
Students who have concerns about the ability to perform any of these functions should contact the PTA Program Director, Christie Amorosino, PT, DPT, at 617-405-5969.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Transfer Policy
For consideration into the PTA program at Quincy College from another PT or PTA program, students must be in good academic standing in the external program and meet all new student admission requirements for the Quincy College program. All previous coursework must have been completed within the past year and will be evaluated on an individual basis in order to determine transferability.
Any student who has been dismissed from another PT or PTA program, for either academic, conduct, or professional issues will not be considered for transfer admission.
Prospective students may be required to prove competency via practical and/or written examination at the discretion of the Program Director.
- Students must notify the Quincy College PTA Program Chair in writing of their intent and reason for seeking to transfer.
- Submit an official transcript from the student’s previous program.
- Submit course syllabi for all courses the student seeks to transfer.
- Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from a current faculty member or program administrator from the program the student seeks to transfer from.
Please note: All documents should be submitted to the Admissions Office at Quincy College (1250 Hancock Street Quincy, MA 02169) and decisions will be made on a space available basis.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Frequently Asked Questions
Which campus is the program held on?
The PTA program is exclusively held on the Plymouth Campus.
Are night classes available?
No, the PTA Program at Quincy College is a full time, day program. All courses are held Monday – Friday between 9:00am and 3:00pm.
How many students are accepted into the program?
The PTA Program accepts 12 students per cohort.
When does the program start?
The PTA Program only admits one cohort per year with a September start date.
Can students apply year round and start in September?
No. The application period for the PTA Program runs from January to May each year.
Can I take any courses before being accepted into the program?
All General Education courses (non-PTA designation) may be taken prior to acceptance into the program.
Will my general education courses transfer from another school?
You will need to meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if your courses will transfer.
You must acquire official college transcripts from the institution you are transferring from. Transcripts must arrive at Quincy College in a sealed envelope in order to be considered official.
Points to keep in mind:
- All grades must have a final grade of C or better
- All course(s) must be equivalent Quincy College level courses (please see your advisor for more information)
- College-level courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution in order to be considered for transfer into Quincy College (please see your advisor for more information)
For more information, please visit: https://quincycollege.edu/advising
How long is the program?
The program is 5 semesters comprised of two academic years and summer course work. The summer between the first and second academic year includes a full time clinical education experience.
Can I work while in this program?
The PTA Program is rigorous and demanding. The PTA Program Faculty suggest that you limit your time working while in the program in order to allot yourself enough time to be successful with the academic requirements of the program. There are three full time clinical education experiences in this program that require you to work 40 hours a week and schedules vary (travel time to and from sites may add to these hours). That being said, most of our students do maintain some part time work in our program.
Will my PTA courses count towards a PT degree?
No. PTA Programs are not typically designed to be a stepping stone for PT programs. If you are interested in pursuing a PT education, you should check the admissions requirements for those programs.
Is Financial Aid Available?
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
For more information please contact the Financial Aid Office or visit: https://quincycollege.edu/tuition/financial-aid/
I have additional questions; who should I contact at Quincy College?
If you have any additional questions, please contact Christie Amorosino, Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at email@example.com (617) 405 – 5969.
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