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Application Deadline: May 5, 2017

Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

The PTA program is a structured 1 + 1 format requiring all applicants to complete all of the prerequisite courses prior to acceptance into the on-campus programs. This means that it takes approximately one academic year of specific college prerequisite courses, taken at FVCC or an accredited college of choice, followed by one year of technical coursework. The technical education courses are designed to facilitate the development of clinical decision making skills, psychomotor skills and values-based behaviors required to work under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. The technical education portion of the program includes lecture, laboratory and clinical experiences to ensure students gain not only the knowledge, but are also able to develop the skills necessary to function in a variety of physical therapy care settings under the direction of a physical therapist.  Upon successful completion of an accredited PTA program, the graduate PTA will be eligible to take the licensure exam approved by the MT Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

A new class of PTA students begins each year in August.

Accrediting Information:


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Flathead Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org/.

Next Site Visit: Spring 2018

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Advisors




Janice HeilJulie Roberston
Instructor/Program DirectorInstructor/ACCE
BC 123-BBC 123-A
(406) 756-3373(406) 756-3620
jheil@fvcc.edujrobertson@fvcc.edu

For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.

PTA Outcomes

Program Outcomes



  • The Program will graduate competent entry-level physical therapist assistants who function effectively under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist

  • The Program will prepare graduates with the knowledge and technical skills needed to pass the PTA NPTE exam and obtain employment as a licensed PTA who functions under the supervision of a physical therapist.

  • The Program will promote an evidence-based curriculum that supports the mission of FVCC based upon input from the PTA advisory committee, academic faculty, students and clinical instructors.


Graduate Outcomes



  • Graduates will follow a plan of care established by a physical therapist and carry out physical therapy interventions in a safe, ethical and competent manner at entry level.

  • Graduates will demonstrate effective written, oral and nonverbal communication skills with patients, families/caregivers, healthcare providers, peers, third party payers and the public.

  • Graduates will recognize the need for continued personal and professional growth to ensure competence in current practices of physical therapy and a commitment to lifelong learning.

  • Graduates will demonstrate behavioral expectations as established by the APTA in the Value Based Behavior for the Physical Therapist Assistant (January 2011)

  • Graduates will participate as an effective member of the health care team and educate the healthcare community on the respective roles of the PT and PTA.

  • Graduates will show a personal commitment of health and wellness and dedication to service to the profession of physical therapy and the community.



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Mission
FVCC’S PTA program’s mission is to graduate qualified entry level PTA’s who function under the direction and supervision of a licensed PT. Graduates will ensure excellence in patient care by demonstrating competence, critical thinking and compassion. Faculty and graduates will be committed to promoting the health and wellness of local and surrounding communities by demonstrating safe and ethical practice, social responsibility and a personal commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning.