About the program:
Physical therapy is a health profession with the primary purpose of restoring, maintaining and improving the quality of life of the healthy and those with injury or dysfunction. Through the use of such tools as physical agents (i.e., heat, cold, ultrasound, traction, electrical stimulation), gait training, massage and various forms of exercise, physical therapy professionals work in a variety of settings with a variety of patients.
Some settings in which physical therapy is performed include hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation units/center, nursing homes, schools and private homes. Patients treated in physical therapy range from newborns to the geriatric population and sample diagnoses would include cerebral palsy, athletic injuries, back/neck problems, strokes, burns/wounds, post-surgical conditions and spinal cord injuries.
The PTA Program at Kilgore College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Telephone: 703-706-3245; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 903-983-8154 or email email@example.com.
The PTA Program at Kilgore College has excellent student outcomes for its students including graduation rates, licensure pass rates on the national licensure exam, and employment rates. For the most recent three years of data collection (2016-2018), the following outcomes are noted in these areas:
- Graduation rate: 86.5%
- National licensure exam pass rate (last two years): 96.4%
- First time national licensure exam pass rate for last two years: 85.71%.
- Employment rate (last two years): 96%
- Ultimate passing rate: 100%
What does the PTA Program cost?
For estimated costs of the KC PTA Program, view the 2020-2021 cost analysis document (pdf).
PTA Program Information Sessions:
- The information session set for April 7, 2020, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email Kristi Kleinig with any questions.
(Info sessions are held in Room G10 in the Health Science Center)
How do I apply to the KC PTA Program?
(Note: The deadline has been extended to Noon on May 27, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
NOTE: There is less than one week left before the application deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.
For in-person submissions, please place your application in the PTA box outside the Health Science Center. It will only be available on the following dates and times:
- Wednesday, May 20, until 3 p.m.
- Thursday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 11:59 a.m.
Alternate option for volunteer/work experience in the field of physical therapy:
Due to unprecedented restrictions on volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kilgore College PTA Program recognizes that not everyone has had the opportunity to complete requirements for the volunteer/work experience portion of the application. It is the program’s belief that each applicant demonstrate exposure to the field of physical therapy prior to admission into the program, therefore we have developed an alternative solution for applicants of 2020.
If you have not completed 16 hours in three different settings as typically required, then you will watch the five videos below and write a paper to satisfy that requirement. If you have already met the original requirement, you are not required to write this paper. Your paper should include the following topics:
- What was your least favorite setting and why?
- What was your favorite setting and why?
- What qualities do you have that would align with the strengths listed in a particular setting?
- What populations are seen in each of the five settings?
- What was the general consensus about dealing with an ethical dilemma?
NOTE: For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.