FCC PTA students
New Physical Therapy Degree and Exercise Science Opportunities Between FCC and Harrisburg University
Officials at Frederick Community College (FCC) and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) signed an articulation agreement to provide a seamless pathway for FCC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) students to obtain an advanced degree at Harrisburg. 

Generally, articulation agreements document a pathway between two or more colleges or universities and their academic programs, to simplify students’ college transitions toward continued/seamless enrollment in a 4-year institution's program.  This will be the case for FCC’s Physical Therapy Assistant students.  

The PTA program at FCC was recently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This interprofessional team training program offered by FCC’s Health Science Department, further augments this lauded training approach for all students pursuing healthcare careers at the College.
In alignment with the accreditation, FCC also announced an exciting new dual program transfer agreement with HU’s Exercise Science program for PTA students at FCC. Upon completion of the PTA associate degree and licensure, FCC students can transfer to HU to complete a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. 

This dual-programming opportunity will allow students to enter the workforce as physical therapist assistants upon graduation from FCC and continue online coursework at HU to complete the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.
“This agreement provides an exciting opportunity for students to extend their education while working in the high-demand, high-wage field of physical therapy,” said Dr. Anne Davis, FCC Provost and Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Student Success. “Furthermore, this unique programming gives students a leg-up in completing a highly-relevant undergraduate bachelor’s degree for those interested in pursuing graduate healthcare education.”
For additional information, please contact Dr. Sandy McCombe Waller, AVP for Academic Affairs/Dean of Health, Business, Technology & Science, at [email protected] or 301.624.2826.
Photo: FCC PTA students gather with (L to R) Diane Burgan, FCC Clinical Field Experience Instructor; John F. Champoli, Harrisburg University Vice President for Enrollment Management; Cameron McCoy, Harrisburg University Provost; Amelia Iams, FCC Director of Physical Therapy Assistant Education; Dr. Anne Davis, FCC Provost and Vice President for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success; and Dr. Sandy McCombe Waller, FCC Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Health, Business, Technology & Science.
About Harrisburg University
Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private non-profit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields to a diverse student body. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5100 or email [email protected].
About Frederick Community College
Frederick Community College (FCC), located in Frederick, Maryland, provides affordable, flexible access to lifelong education that responds to the needs of diverse learners and the community. Offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs through credit and Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD), FCC has been the learning destination for more than 200,000 students since 1957. FCC recognizes the different learning needs and preferences of students and offers flexible learning formats for students interested in opportunities for career and transfer, job credentials, professional development, and personal enrichment.



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