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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) are growing health care field and assist patients in a wide variety of therapeutic and rehabilitative procedures. Many Sinclair graduates go on to work in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, out-patient clinics, nursing homes and private homes.
You will have to opportunity to combine biological and behavioral sciences with technical therapy assistant courses. Additionally, you will participate in extensive clinical training—allowing you to have experiences working with people of all ages and abilities.
Occupational therapy assistants, under the supervision of occupational therapists, provide services to individuals whose abilities to cope with daily tasks are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, aging, injury or illness. They help people prevent, lessen, or overcome physical, cognitive and/or psychosocial dysfunction so that they are able to function with maximum independence. The program includes extensive clinical training that must be finished within 12 months of completion of the academic course work. A grade of "C" or higher (77%) is required in all program courses to remain in the program. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis, when the student begins the technical portion of the program. This degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses (OTA specific courses). To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the OTA Program Specific Information Packet (PDF) below under Additional Information. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.View Full Program Details
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares students to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The curriculum is divided among general education and technical courses, and includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences. Upon completion of the PTA program curriculum, the student is awarded the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants (NPTE-PTA) for licensure. The PTA program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (prerequisites and general education) and program specific technical courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the program technical courses. The PTA program utilizes a competitive selection process to enter students into the PTA technical courses. Details on eligibility for the competitive selection process and program technical courses can be found online in the PTA Program Information Packet. The mission of the PTA program is to provide high quality education to students seeking the opportunity to practice as a physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.View Full Program Details