Physical Therapist Assistant (Coming Soon)
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Contact: Dr. Amelia Iams, Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Education • • 301.846.2644 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Dr. Amelia Iams, Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Education
301.846.2644

1Test

TEAS

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English. The TEAS is used as a part of the admissions process in most healthcare programs across the nation.

 

Students who wish to apply for admission to FCC' PTA Program program must complete the TEAS and earn minimum qualifying TEAS scores before the application deadline for the respective program. If a student does not complete the TEAS and earn qualifying TEAS scores to submit with their application, their application will not be evaluated.


TEAS Practice Test

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE TEAS

 

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE TEAS?

  • Students must register for and take the TEAS prior to their appropriate application deadline. Applicants must complete the TEAS prior to submitting their application to the program, and applicants must earn a score that qualifies their application for consideration by the program (see “SCORE” information below).
  • It is recommended that students take the TEAS 2-to-3 months prior to the application deadline. The TEAS must be completed and qualifying TEAS scores earned prior to the application deadline.

 

WHEN IS THE TEAS OFFERED?

  • Please refer to the ATI website for TEAS testing information, or contact FCC’s Testing Center ([email protected]) or FCC’s Advising Office ([email protected]).
  • Students must complete the TEAS and earn qualifying TEAS scores before the application deadline of May 1st application deadline for the PTA program
 

WHAT WILL I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE TEAS?

  • Students will need their FCC ID number, a credit card, internet‐access, and an e‐mail address to complete the online registration.
  • TEAS registration information can be found online the ATI website.  The applicant will need to create an account. It is important to remember the username and password, as it is needed to access the TEAS on test day.

 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TEAS:

  • Register and pay for the TEAS on the ATI website.
  • On the right, above the log‐in fields, click on the link and follow the instructions to “Create an Account with ATI.”
  • Continue on the website for choosing the institution where the exam will be taken.
  • Drop down menus will appear. Select "Maryland" in the state field and "Frederick" in the city field and click the "NEXT" button.
  • You should then see the upcoming dates the TEAS will be offered here at FCC. Click the "Register" link next to the date on which you wish to take the TEAS.
  • A summary will appear and the applicant can verify the order is correct, then continue and pay for the TEAS appointment with a credit card.
  • When prompted, choose "Allied Health" PTA program.  Ignore any other option that may appear.

 

WHERE SHOULD I GO ON MY SCHEDULED TEST DATE?
Review information on the ATI website regarding accessing the TEAS on test day.  Contact FCC’s Testing Center ([email protected]) with any questions.

 

HOW LONG DOES THE TEST TAKE?
Applicants should allow four (4) hours to take the test. Please arrive or log in early, as testing will start promptly at the scheduled times. Applicants will not be allowed to test upon late arrival or login, and will forfeit testing fees. Applicants are able to reschedule by following the Registration Instructions listed above.

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE TEST?
Review information on the ATI website regarding required and allowable materials for testing.  Contact FCC’s Testing Center ([email protected]) with any questions.

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE TEST COST?
For cost of taking ATI TEAS, see current cost information at www.atitesting.com. Non‐FCC students applying to other programs must pay an additional $30 testing fee. The FCC Testing Center accepts cash, check made payable to FCC, and credit or bank cards.

 

WHAT IF I'VE ALREADY TAKEN THE TEAS AT ANOTHER SCHOOL?

  • TEAS scores that qualify an application for review (see “SCORE” FAQs) and that will be less than two years old at the application deadline are valid and can be submitted with the application to the PTA Program. Applicants must log into the ATI website and request that a copy of previous scores be sent to the FCC Testing Center. FCC Testing Center contact information is available on the ATI website.  Applicants must upload a copy of their qualifying TEAS scores, which shows scores for all areas of the TEAS, with their online application to FCC’s PTA Program.
  • Only ATI TEAS scores are accepted for application to FCC’s PTA Program. 
  • If TEAS scores will be older than 2 years at the application deadline, the TEAS must be taken again and qualifying TEAS scores must be earned for an applicant to be considered for admission.

 

HOW CAN I STUDY FOR THE TEAS?

  • ATI offers a study manual and two practice assessments for the TEAS. These study materials can be found on the ATI website. For information about study materials, click on "ATI Product Solutions" and "Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)."
  • Students may also purchase TEAS study materials from FCC’s Bookstore.
  • Copies of the ATI Official study manual are available on reserve in FCC’s Gladhill Learning Commons (Linganore Hall).   These copies cannot be checked out of the library and students should refrain from marking up the manuals.
  • There are other websites that offer TEAS prep material. (Simply search online for "TEAS test prep" or "TEAS practice questions"), and there are apps than can be downloaded to smartphones.
  • In general, first‐year level classes at FCC should also be good preparation for the TEAS. The Science portion of the TEAS does require some knowledge of general cell biology, basic chemistry, and topics covered in Anatomy & Physiology.

 

HOW OFTEN CAN I TAKE THE TEAS?

  • Students can take the TEAS twice during each application and admissions cycle. There are application and admission cycles in the fall semester and in the spring/summer semester each academic year. Please consult the PTA department website for application due dates.. 
  • The TEAS must be paid for each time it is taken. It is possible for an applicant to take the TEAS twice in each testing (admission and application) window, as long as the applicant schedules an appointment for one of the days offered in the beginning of the testing window dates.
  • Students can take the TEAS one time only during any 30‐day period. Students who wish to take the TEAS a second time must wait a minimum of 30 days in between attempts.

 

SCORES
An applicant must submit qualifying TEAS scores with their application to the PTA Program to be considered for admission.

Minimum qualifying TEAS Score – all scores must be achieved on the same test:

  • Minimum qualifying TEAS Score
    • Overall score in the proficient range or above (minimum 60% overall)
    • Minimum reading score of 60%
    • Minimum math score of 60%
    • Minimum science score of 60%
    • Minimum English score of 60%

 A qualifying TEAS score cannot be older than 2 years at the application deadline.

 

WHAT DO I DO ONCE I HAVE MY TEAS SCORES?

  • When scores meet the minimum qualifying requirements: A copy of the results must be submitted to the FCC Testing Center if taken through another testing location. When taking the TEAS through the FCC Testing Center, students will receive a printed copy of their scores soon after completion of the test. Applicants may request a personal copy of the results. These scores will be verified with ATI once your scores becomes official. If the TEAS was taken somewhere other than FCC, students must request an official copy of their scores from ATI. ATI charges for a transcript request, and this can be paid by credit or bank card. Visit the ATI website and log in. Students need to upload TEAS exam results showing all qualifying scores for all sections of the TEAS with the online Nursing Program application.
  • When scores DO NOT meet the minimum requirements: Applicants will not be considered for admission to the program. Review materials are available for studying and applicants may retake the TEAS at least 30 days after their previous attempt. Applicant must earn qualifying TEAS scores prior to the application deadline.  .
  • How do I report my score? If the TEAS exam is taken through the Testing Center at FCC, the student will print out 2 copies of the results. One copy is for the student, the other copy is for the Testing Center.  Each applicant must upload a copy of their qualifying TEAS scores with their application to FCC’s PTA Program regardless of whether they completed the TEAS through FCC’s Testing Center or through another Testing Location. The uploaded TEAS scores must show scores for all sections of the TEAS exam.

 

2Enroll

Complete Selective Admissions Courses


FCC's physical therapist assistant (PTA) program has prerequisite courses for all students. New FCC Students should apply to the College by completing all admissions steps, and then complete all prerequisite courses. For more information or assistance, email or call the Admissions Office at 301.629.7896, or stop by the Admissions Office in the Student Center (H-106). Recommended course pathways are listed under the curriculum for each program. 

Recommend that applicants meet with an advisor prior to applying to review all requirements.
 

 

3See Advisor

Dr. Amelia Iams
Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Education
301.846.2644
[email protected]
Office: L101-C

Alissa Hart
Academic Advisor
301.846.2478
[email protected]
Office: J222

Jennifer McAninley
Academic Advisor
240.629.7935.
[email protected]
Office: J218

 
 

 

 

4Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

5Apply

Physical Therapy Assistant Program Requirements

The application period for each program will open for a pre-determined amount of time. The deadlines for each program are listed below. During the open application period, a link will be available on this page. Please review the Physical Therapy Assistant page for additional information about the nursing application process.


PTA Prerequisites and Point Scale

 

PTA Program application deadline: May 1, 2022

 

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) A.A.S - Coming Soon The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) A.A.S. program prepares students for a career in physical therapy and allows students to enter the workforce directly after passing the national licensing examination.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; [email protected] is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
 
FCC is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

The Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree program prepares students for a career in healthcare as a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA).  PTAs work with patients of all ages, from newborn to elderly, who have injuries or health-related conditions that limit their ability to move or participate in activities.  A PTA works under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist to help individuals regain their strength and mobility to live healthier lives.  There are a variety of settings that PTAs can practice such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and schools.

Physical Therapist Assistant students participate in various classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The laboratory experience provides the opportunity for hands-on experience in preparation for clinical practice in diverse clinical settings. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all general education courses and a grade of “B” or higher is required in each technical course for progression within the PTA program. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and apply for state licensure within the US.

The Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree program at FCC is a Selective Admissions Program. This pathway is for students who have been accepted into the program only. Students who have not yet been accepted into the program should begin the Pre-Health Professions Pre-Respiratory Care pathway and apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree program after all selective admissions courses have been completed.

Job Pathways

Upon completion of the PTA A.A.S. degree, students are prepared to take the National PTA Licensing Examination. Students who pass the licensing exam earn credentials to work as a Physical Therapist  Assistant.
 

Practice Setting

Physical Therapist assistants work in hospitals, outpatient therapy clinics, schools, nursing facilities, research laboratories, rehabilitation centers, and similar practice settings.
 

Duration / Time to Complete

This program is designed for students to complete 70 credits in 6 semesters, or approximately two years. Because the curriculum is still in development, this information is subject to modifications.

 

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* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; [email protected] is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

FCC is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

 

Understanding the Accreditation Process for the PTA Program at FCC

FCC must submit materials to the accreditation board on December 1, 2021.  The program and college will undergo a site visit in January of 2022.  All information from the submission and the site visit will be reviewed by the accreditation board at the April meeting in 2022.  Within 30 days of the meeting, the college will be made aware of the accreditation board decision.  The accreditation board must grant the college Candidate for Accreditation prior to the college admitting any students into the program.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.  FCC will have to submit further documentation in a self-study report in December of 2023. The program will undergo another site visit and enrolled students and clinical partners maybe interviewed.  The accreditation board will review all documents related to the self-study and site visit and determine a decision for accreditation prior to the graduation of the charter class.   In order to obtain a license to practice Physical Therapy in the United States, you must pass a national licensure exam.  To take the national exam you must graduate from an accredited program.  According to the accreditation board for PTA programs “All credits and degrees earned and issued by a program holding candidacy are considered to be from an accredited program”, therefore all students in the charter class, who successfully complete the program will be able to sit for the national licensure exam.  The national licensure exam for PTAs is provided several times a year.  Students will be able to sit for the July exam following graduation from the program in May.

FCC classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. Learn More about Course Formats

For related non-credit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) programs, see Health Science Academic Programs or Patient Care Technician. Please note that these courses are not affiliated with FCC credit or certificate programs. While CEWD courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible, and rewarding programs. Select CEWD courses offer industry-recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
To find more information about how credits may transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.  
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