Lakeland Community College is now accepting applications for their new physical therapist assistant (PTA) degree program. Twenty students will be accepted per year, with the first cohort of students beginning in January 2022.
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs implement components of patient care, obtain data related to the treatments provided, and collaborate with the physical therapist. PTAs assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages, from newborns to people at the end of life. Many patients have injuries, disabilities, or other health conditions that need treatment; however, PTAs also care for people who simply want to become healthier and to prevent future problems.
“We are excited to add this new, two-year degree program to our slate of health care offerings,” said Deborah Hardy, Ed.D. dean for health technologies, associate provost for teaching and learning and dean of faculty at Lakeland. “It will serve the dual needs of those looking to fulfill their calling in the field of physical therapy by assisting the physical therapist in the execution of rehabilitative treatment, as well as filling the workforce needs of our local health care agencies.”
Candidate for Accreditation status is based on the program’s demonstration of satisfactory progress toward achieving compliance with the standards and required elements by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Current students who are interested in entering Lakeland’s new PTA program should contact their academic counselor to review admissions requirements into the program. If you are interested in becoming a Lakeland student to pursue a PTA degree, apply to Lakeland now for the opportunity to start spring 2022. Lakeland has a wide variety of financial aid available, including scholarships and grants. Learn more about current financial options, including Ohio’s Second Chance Grant which can help you get back to college and finish your degree.
Those interested in learning more about PTA or other health program offerings at Lakeland are invited to save the date for an open house April 7, from 4-7 p.m. on the college’s campus in the Health Technologies Building (H-Building). Sign up here to receive a reminder.