Quincy College is offering a virtual open house for prospective students interested in applying for the Physical Therapist Assistant program. The two events are scheduled for March 2, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and April 1, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Located on the Plymouth campus, the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a two-year, five-semester associate degree program. PTA graduates work under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. The PTA program is a combination of foundational education courses, technical education courses, and clinical experience. Graduates of the program have benefited from clinical experiences in locations throughout southeastern Massachusetts, including South Shore Hospital, Long Pond Physical Therapy, the US Department of Veteran Affairs, and several other clinical sites in Southeastern MA and Cape Cod.

During the PTA open house, prospective students will be able to meet program faculty; learn more about program requirements and financial aid; and speak to current PTA students. Dr. Kathleen Cook, PT, DPT, program chair, will serve as the host of the virtual event.

“As an educator, I am very proud to be part of this program at Quincy College. Physical therapist assistants have an enormous opportunity to work professionally in so many different sectors of healthcare, including skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, acute care, home care, and long term care,” said Dr. Cook.

Students complete three clinical experiences during the program to receive training in a variety of clinical environments. These opportunities allow students to develop their technical and professional skills and prepare for the job market post-graduation. PTAs are employed by hospitals, outpatient facilities, and rehabilitation facilities and can work in areas specializing in a wide range of topics including geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology, and orthopedics.

As an added bonus, scholarships are now available through the Quincy College Trust. “We are very grateful that the Quincy College Trust is making scholarships available to highly talented applicants,” said Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Quincy College President. “We understand that the need for healthcare professionals is increasing. We are committed to doing our part by providing a quality Physical Therapist Assistant program.”

The Fall 2021 PTA program application is now open; the application deadline is May 1, 2021.

For more information about the Quincy College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program, and to register, please visit the PTA website at http://www.quincycollege.edu/pta. You may also contact Judy Benson at jbenson@quincycollege.edu for more information.