Aim
Higher.

Associate of Science inPhysical Therapist Assistant

97% NPTE for PTA exam pass rate in 20141

Hands-on learning in eight world-class Therapy Skills Labs

Learn anatomy in the first synthetic Human Cadaver Lab on the West Coast

Stanbridge College

Why Stanbridge?

Find your calling as a Physical Therapist Assistant

If you're passionate about understanding rehabilitation of the body and restoration of physical confidence, the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program will prepare you for a rewarding career. Eight Therapy Skills Labs, outfitted with advanced technology, and a multitude of exercise and adaptive equipment provide you with a hands-on approach to learning. Whether it’s helping stroke victims walk again or getting star athletes back on the field, the PTA program focuses on transforming injury and limitation into maximum physical potential.

Video: Hands-On Training for Student Success: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Degree Program

Hands-On Training for Student Success: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Degree Program

Video: Ready for the Real World: PTA Alumni and Cohort Valedictorian Shares Success

Ready for the Real World: PTA Alumni and Cohort Valedictorian Shares Success

Video: Celebrating True Heroes: National Physical Therapy Month for PTs and PTAs

Celebrating True Heroes: National Physical Therapy Month for PTs and PTAs

Video: How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Video: A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

Video: Giving Back to the Community: Students Restore Local Environment

Giving Back to the Community: Students Restore Local Environment

NPTE for PTA Exam Preparation

With a 97% NPTE for PTA exam pass rate in 20141, we’re committed to preparing our PTA students for licensure. Throughout your program and after graduation, you’ll receive practice tests, subject-specific reviews, and assessments to help your preparation.

Human Cadaver Lab

The Human Cadaver Lab houses both real and synthetic human cadavers giving you an in-depth and tactile understanding of human anatomy. As the first cadaver lab on the West Coast to feature full-body synthetic human cadavers, you can get hands-on training with life-like body systems, bones, muscles, and organs.

World-Class Physical Therapy and Patient Care Skills Labs

Learn therapeutic exercises and modalities needed to optimize mobility in eight spacious Therapy and Patient Skills Labs. Access a multitude of exercise equipment, adaptive equipment, mobility devices, therapeutic activities, positioning devices, physical agent modalities, and home-simulation areas.

Small Class Sizes with High Faculty-to-Student Ratio

Learning in small groups in your clinical labs optimizes your time with instructors and gives you a deeper understanding of skills.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Gain a competitive edge as you learn OTA/PTA treatment dynamics by training and collaborating with students from our Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Serve Your Community with Your Skills

Providing the local community with healthcare services brings concepts learned in class to life in real healthcare environments.

An Early Focus on Career Development

One-on-one guidance gives you the tools to make a positive, lasting impression on future potential employers.

Innovative Digital Classrooms

Each classroom operates with a SMART Board, laptop workstations, and digital exams with instant score results. Access to online PowerPoint presentations with note-saving availability, instant student polling and the digital Learning Resource System heightens the academic experience.

Inside the Classroom

Students learn how to help patients regain mobility, balance, and stability in the Therapy Skills Labs on campus.

Students learn how to help patients regain mobility, balance, and stability in the Therapy Skills Labs on campus.

PTA students get hands-on experience examining the anatomy, muscles, and bones of a synthetic human cadaver in the Cadaver Lab.

PTA students get hands-on experience examining the anatomy, muscles, and bones of a synthetic human cadaver in the Cadaver Lab.

PTA students work in small groups to gain a deeper understanding of human anatomy in the Cadaver Lab.

PTA students work in small groups to gain a deeper understanding of human anatomy in the Cadaver Lab.

Students learn patient care techniques at the nearby pool to understand how to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability.

Students learn patient care techniques at the nearby pool to understand how to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability.

In the Nursing Simulation Lab, students learn how to help patients transfer to and from hospital beds, in addition to bed mobility, wound care, and vital sign monitoring.

In the Nursing Simulation Lab, students learn how to help patients transfer to and from hospital beds, in addition to bed mobility, wound care, and vital sign monitoring.

Working in small groups with an instructor provides PTA students with focused, individualized attention.

Working in small groups with an instructor provides PTA students with focused, individualized attention.

PTA students are active in the community, and frequently hold on-campus fundraising events, including activities like a faculty dunk tank!

PTA students are active in the community, and frequently hold on-campus fundraising events, including activities like a faculty dunk tank!

Program Guidebook

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schedule

Schedule

Program Duration2

122 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 23 – 24 months, including school and national holidays, breaks between terms, a one week break at Thanksgiving and a two week break in December.)

Program Schedule3

Full-time

Four days a week.
Theory classes meet 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Clinical lab sessions meet 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Clinical Practicum and Affiliation Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NPTE for PTA Exam Prep

NPTE for PTA Exam Prep

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is a non-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the Physical Therapy profession. The NPTE for PTAs provides a standard evaluation of PTA candidates. It also protects the public interest in having only those persons who have the requisite knowledge of physical therapy be licensed to practice physical therapy. As one of the final milestones before becoming a licensed PTA professional, the NPTE for PTAs questions focus on your ability to make decisions in various patient care scenarios under critical conditions. The NPTE for PTAs test requires that you understand the basic principles of physical therapy including data collection, diseases/conditions that impact effective treatment, interventions, equipment and devices, therapeutic modalities and apply this to different elements of patient safety management.

With a 97% NPTE for PTA exam pass rate in 20141, we're committed to our students’ preparation for the NPTE for PTAs includes cumulative review and exit exams in terms 1, 2, 3, and 4. In term 5, students receive a comprehensive end-of-program review and NPTE for PTA Exam Preparation course. Stanbridge College continuously provides top-of-the-line examination preparation materials and courses to assist students in successfully completing their exam. These services are provided at no additional charge to our students.

RESULTS OF NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR PTA EXAMINATION

Accreditation

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Stanbridge 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. The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/

Public Comment Procedure

Admissions

Admissions

Stanbridge College accepts applications for admission to our diploma and degree programs on an open enrollment basis. To apply, please complete the following steps. Your Admissions Representative will provide you with details for each step.

  • Meet with your Admissions Representative for a personal tour of the campus.
  • Take the entrance exam appropriate for your educational level and program.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation, a GED or a higher degree.
  • Complete entrance questionnaire, essay, and interview.
  • Meet with a Financial Aid Representative to review your tuition funding options.
  • Complete enrollment paperwork.
  • Attend an orientation prior to the start of your program. In the orientation, you receive course books, uniforms and important information to help you begin your classes and manage your time at Stanbridge College.
Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Furthering your education is an investment with lifelong returns. A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge College has a dedicated Financial Aid team to guide you through various options and help identify the best financial aid package for your needs.

Our team is there to answer questions as you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plan your financial aid package. Stanbridge College has the following financial aid programs available to those who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • Cal Grants
Transfer Information

Transfer Information

Diploma and Degree Programs Transfer of Credit

Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge College, they provide the Registrar proof of satisfactory completion (such as an official transcript from a school that is regionally or nationally accredited, PACE and DANTES courses, or a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States) or American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation and equivalency of the coursework to the Stanbridge College course.

Students requesting evaluation of their transcripts must provide a description from the school catalog for each course for which transfer credit is requested. If the course description from the school catalog is not sufficient by itself to evaluate whether the course is equivalent, a course syllabus or outline of each course for which transfer credit is requested will be required. ACE credit recommendations will be considered only for General Education course credit, not technical or core course credit or Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prerequisite science course (SCI prefix) credit.

Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses:

  • for which a grade of "C" or better ("C+" in prerequisite science courses and "B" for nursing courses in the ADN program) was earned or proof of passing a vendor’s certification examination is provided; and
  • which are determined to be equivalent in content and academic level to those required in the student’s program at Stanbridge College;
  • Certain courses in specific programs may have to be completed within 3 – 5 calendar years of the date of the student's start of coursework at the college in order to be accepted for transfer credit.

For more information on transfer credit and information specific to the diploma or degree of interest, please read the current Stanbridge College catalog.

US Military/VA Students

US Military/VA Students

Stanbridge College recognizes the heroic service and sacrifices that our nation's active and veteran military personnel and their families have made for our country. Transitioning from the military to civilian life and starting a career can be challenging. That is why Stanbridge College provides guidance for servicemen and women and their families to help them prepare for a degree.

For all US military veterans and eligible students, Stanbridge College will:

  • conduct an evaluation of previous education and training;
  • grant appropriate credit;
  • shorten the training period proportionately; and
  • notify the VA and student accordingly.

“Stanbridge College opened doors and gave us all of the tools we needed to go out and be successful.”

Benjamin Kakallis, Stanbridge College Graduate
and PTA Cohort Valedictorian, 2014

Student Resources

Guidance for Your
Academic and Professional Goals

Stanbridge College focuses on providing you with a rigorous education and the unwavering support of our Student Services and Career Services to help you prepare to start a career as a leader in your industry. We provide you with a suite of comprehensive services from the moment you begin your training, to the day you graduate, and beyond.

Student Services

Academic Advising

One-on-one advising with a faculty advisor or Student Services representative is available when you need it most. You can discuss academic or personal issues at any time, and we’re here to listen, help, and ultimately guide you to the resources you need.

Tutoring Services

When you need help on coursework, concepts, or clinical skills, Student Services offers you a wide range of options for both didactic and clinical tutoring. Course instructors and program faculty are available for one-on-one and group didactic tutoring. If your program has medicalmath requirements, and you need assistance to better understand medical dosages, extra tutoring is available for you. Clinical tutoring gives you one-on-one time with our instructors in our simulation and skills labs. And to help give you more insight into difficult concepts and study tips when you need it, our robust peer tutoring program pairs you with experienced students and graduates.

Academic Success Coordination

To foster your academic success, Student Services is ready to help you with time management, study and reading skills, test-taking strategies, and test anxiety management. When you need assistance, we’ll set up one-on-one coaching sessions to plan out strategies, learn how to use online apps to inventory your time, and practice applying these resources to your coursework and exams.

The Writing Center

Having exemplary writing skills is critical to academic success and career preparation. The Writing Center on campus gives writers of all skill levels, academic support for paper writing skills, including best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is a free, comprehensive, and fully confidential counseling service that helps you manage and resolve challenging situations. Because we understand balancing academic excellence and a life outside of school can be overwhelming, we are committed to your well-being. The SAP includes:

  • Free counseling services
  • Prescription drug discount program
  • Identity theft recovery
  • Financial consultation
  • Legal services

Learning Resource System

To better serve our students, we developed a comprehensive Learning Resource System that is uniquely effective in providing academic support. It includes the on-campus Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Online Library, and the Online Learner. The LRC provides you with spaces including quiet rooms, collaboration rooms, and a computer lab for individual and group study. You can use these resources to help guide your coursework, research, study, and exam preparation.

Career Services

Resume and Digital Portfolio Preparation

In order to stand out from the competition, graduates need a resume that’s a unique and professional representation of their achievements. Career Services works directly with our job-ready applicants to write a compelling resume and build a comprehensive digital portfolio to make a strong first impression.

Mock Interview Sessions

Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Profile and Networking

LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

Job Leads

Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association provides continued access to the college’s resources, news, and special events while facilitating a dynamic network amongst graduates. Members receive benefits, including extended career services, access to exclusive alumni workshops, social media networking, and invitations to complimentary professional networking events. Our mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge College. Click here to visit the Stanbridge College Alumni Association.

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