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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many students are admitted to the program?
  2. What do I need to do to apply to the program?
  3. Are CPR certifications, physical examinations, background checks, drug testing or any other medical testing required in order to complete an application?
  4. How long does it take to complete the program?
  5. Is the program accredited?
  6. What is accreditation?
  7. When are classes scheduled?
  8. May I withdraw from the PTA program and later be readmitted?
  9. Are PTA program courses transferrable?
  10. Is it recommended that I observe or volunteer in physical therapy?
  11. Can I work and go to school?
  12. Is financial aid available?
  13. Where can I get more information about health careers and the PTA program at KCC?

How many students are admitted to the program? The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program admits a new class of 20 students each year to begin in the fall. return

What do I need to do to apply to the program? The PTA program is designed to admit recent high-school graduates as well as adult learners. High school students should pursue advanced math (algebra) and science (biology and chemistry) courses to prepare for the PTA program. For the adult learner, prerequisite coursework may be required if previously completed coursework is more than five to seven years old. For chemistry and biology eligibility requirements, a student may petition to take the A2 Entrance Exam to meet an eligibility requirement if previous course work is too old to be considered. In this case, a passing score of 80% or better on the respective content area is required to meet the eligibility requirement.

For program entry requirements, consult a KCC health careers advisor or consult the PTA program of study in KCC's e-catalog PTA program applicants must also complete twenty (20) hours of documented observation/volunteer in physical therapy or 200 hours work experience as a rehab tech or physical therapy aide within two years of application. For verification and documentation of observation/volunteer or work experience, please save and/or print the verification and documentation form. PTA verification and documentation form.

Being accepted to Kankakee Community College does not mean acceptance into the PTA program. A competitive entry enrollment process is employed due to limitations placed upon the number of students who may be accepted. The PTA program accepts 20 (twenty) new students into the program each fall.

Applicants who meet minimum records and academic eligibility requirements by the application deadline will be eligible to take the A2 Entrance Exam which is required for scoring for the competitive entrance process. After testing, all eligible students will be ranked based on test scores. In order to be ranked, the student must receive a minimum score of 70%. Eligible students who are not offered a seat will be alternates for the respective application year. Applications will continue to be accepted after the initial deadline, with eligible applicants being considered for program entry on a space available basis according A2 Entrance Exam scores. return

Are CPR certifications, physical examinations, background checks, drug testing or any other medical testing required in order to complete an application? No. The required physical exam, drug testing, background screening, and CPR certifications are completed once accepted to the program so that each will be current and valid throughout the clinical practicums. The student is responsible for these requirements. return

How long does it take to complete the program? The PTA program is an integrated two-year (five consecutive semester) program. Once admitted to the program, students must progress through the courses corresponding to the curriculum model. For example, students admitted to the program in August 20015 and progress successfully through the program will graduate in May 2017. It is the policy of the Health Careers Division that students complete the program degree requirements within 150% of the normally expected time. Students who are unsuccessful in doing so are withdrawn from the program and may pursue reentry in the same manner as a student who is applying to the program for the first time. return

Is the program accredited? Kankakee Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) North Central Association. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Kankakee Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org/. return

What is accreditation? Accreditation is the extensive review process conducted by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) to assure quality- both that the quality of your course work is high and that the program produces people qualified to serve the public. In order to take the licensure exam, individuals must have graduated from a CAPTE-accredited program. return

When are classes scheduled? The current program is a full-time day-program with lecture and labs scheduled during the week. All of the academic classes are held on KCC's Riverfront campus. Clinical experiences are held in local, regional, or national facilities chosen based on the student’s educational needs and preferences as well as site availability. The final clinical experiences are also full-time weekdays; however, extended hours and weekends may occasionally be necessary. All clinical travel expenses are the responsibility of the student. Open skills laboratories (voluntary) may also be available on weekends. return

May I withdraw from the PTA program and later be re-admitted? KCC and the PTA program faculty work very closely with students to optimize their ability to successfully complete the program, graduate, and pursue successful careers. In cases where students must withdrawal from the program, all re-admission requirements for the college must be met in addition to those requirements for the PTA program, which is also on a time-sensitive basis. The program completion policy applies to such situations. return

Are PTA program courses transferrable? The KCC PTA degree typically is not designed for transfer. KCC has partnered with several four-year colleges and universities to make it easier to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree. Specifically, the PTA program has partnered with Governors State University and has agreements with transfer guides for several programs of study. Students interested in transferring PTA coursework are encouraged to contact the school of interest to determine transferability of courses. Students can also meet with a transfer advisor in Student Services at KCC to discuss these Bachelor's Program Partnerships. return

Is it recommended that I observe or volunteer in physical therapy? Yes. You are encouraged to observe or volunteer in various physical therapy settings to gain a better understanding about physical therapy and the roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist assistant within the health care team. Applicants must complete twenty (20) hours of documented observation/volunteer in physical therapy or 200 hours work experience as a rehab tech or physical therapy aide within two years of application. Allow time to locate a site, establish a schedule and complete the hours. You can arrange for volunteer/observation experience at locations such as local hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient physical therapy clinics. Observation/volunteer hours must occur in at least two different physical therapy settings; a minimum of eight hours must be completed in an inpatient (hospital or extended care facility) physical therapy setting. See verification and documentation forms. return

Can I work and go to school? Students are cautioned that the PTA program is a rigorous course of study. The program faculty recommends that work hours be kept to a minimum during active enrollment in the program in order to optimize acceptable academic progress. return

Is financial aid available? Financial assistance is available to all eligible students at KCC in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. For further information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 815-802-8550 or visit the website. return

Where can I get more information about Health Careers and the PTA program at KCC?

  • Tour our campus and/or apply to KCC: Student Services - Phone: 815-802-8500; email: studentservices@kcc.edu
  • Plan your course schedule: Academic advisement - Phone: 815-802-8500
  • For general questions: Campus operator - Phone: 815-802-8100; en español: 815-802-8586
  • Division of Health Careers – PTA program: Phone: 815-802-8816; email: nstotts@kcc.edu
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