How does the CCC PTA program curriculum work?

The CCC PTA program is a one-plus-one program. This means all pre-requisite courses are taken in the freshman year with general admission to the college and all PTA courses are taken in the sophomore year. There is no special application to the freshman year of college; there are selective criteria and a special application for admission to the sophomore year.

Do you accept transfer credits from other colleges?

CCC accepts transfer credit from other accredited institutions. Each transfer transcript requires review and should be submitted to the PTA program director. In the event the transfer institution was not accredited at the time classes were taken or are foreign institutions, review by the registrar will be required. Like courses will be accepted even if the course titles are not exact. In some cases a course syllabus may be required to make that determination.

Can I get financial aid?

All CCC financial aid begins with a completed FAFSA (please do this first before contacting the financial aid office).  Financial aid money is NOT available the day school starts so students should expect to pay for all books initially then if eligible, financial aid money will be available approximately 6-8 weeks after school starts. If you are using financial aid to assist with rent and other off campus expenses take into consideration the 6-8 week time frame.

Do I have time for sports?

During the freshman year, the pre-PTA student has time for all sports and music. Once admitted to the sophomore year, there is no time for team sports. Absences for sports are not allowed as a sophomore.

Can I work while in college?

As a freshman, the pre-PTA student can work as much as time permits. However, it is important to remember grades have an effect on admission to the sophomore year of the program. In the sophomore year it is highly recommended not to work more than 20 hours per week. The coursework is rigorous and there are additional labs and events that require a significant time commitment.

What is observation?

Observation of the physical therapist and/or PTA is a requirement for any student preparing to apply to the PTA program. The purpose is to help the applicant make a firm commitment to the career. The 40 hours of required observation must be done in at least four (4) separate settings: Acute hospital over 50 beds (preferred over 100 beds); Neurological rehabilitation setting (rehab floor of any large hospital or separate rehab facility like Craig in Denver, Mid America in Kansas City, Madonna in Lincoln, Wesley Rehab in Wichita or Our Lady of Lourdes in Wichita); Outpatient setting (separate clinic or small 25 bed hospital department); and Skilled nursing facility (like Colby Care Center). The remaining 24 hours of observation may be done at any facility that is most convenient for the applicant. 40 hours of observation is the minimum hours required and receives the minimum points. More than 40 hours, personal experience in PT, having worked as a PT tech/aide or in a health related field increases the points given on application. Persons considering PTA may observe at any time, signed documentation is required and forms can be found online. The observation hours must be completed by the date of interview (April) into the sophomore year.  

What is the application process?

The application process to the sophomore (professional) year is as follows:
1) First year pre-requisite courses are completed or will be completed by August 1 of the application year. 
2) The applicant will contact the PTA department about his/her intention to apply so applicant names are on a database with the program prior to February 1 of application year.
3) Application to the program is sent on February 1 and is due, along with transcripts (unofficial are accepted) and the application fee by the deadline in March.
4) Applications are screened and letters are sent to verify interview date and time.  All eligible applicants are interviewed.
5) Mandatory interviews are scheduled on a Friday in April. After interviews and grade review (approximately 3rd week of May) letters are sent to applicants verifying acceptance (final if all classes are complete or contingent if classes are to be completed by August 1); alternate list status or non-acceptance.
6) Classes will begin the second week of August in application year.

What are interviews?

Interviews are an integral part of the application process to PTA. In April each year, all eligible students are invited to campus for a half day process that includes both individual and group interviews. Points are given for the interviews.  The interviewers consist of faculty, staff and PTA advisory board members.

What is the point system used to determine admission to the PTA program?

Points are given in the following areas:
Points are given in the following areas:
1) Interviews—up to 18 points possible.
2) GPA—up to 16 points (required courses only)
3) Essay—up to 8 points (one page handwritten, topic given day of interview)
4) Observation—up to 10 points
5) Total—52 points possible. 39 points are required to be eligible for admission to the program.

How many students are admitted each year?

Each August CCC admits 24 eligible students.

How many students apply?

In 2013 — 40 students applied
In 2014 — 37 students applied
In 2015 — 30 students applied
In 2016 — 34 students applied

How many students graduated?

In 2013 — 20 students graduated in PTA – 17% attrition
In 2014 — 24 students graduated in PTA – 0% attrition
In 2015 — 23 students graduated in PTA - 4% attrition
In 2016 — 20 students graduated in PTA – 17% attrition

How many students passed state boards? 

Note: some students choose not to take boards due to continuing school or changing professions.
In 2013 — 20 students passed boards — 100%
In 2014 — 22 students passed boards — 92%
In 2015 — 19 students passed boards — 90%

What happens if I do not get accepted in the first 24 students?

After points are complied, letters are sent to applicants. The top 24 students are accepted, final — if all classes and grades are reported or contingent — if still completing classes until August 1. Each eligible student below the top 24 is numbered as an alternate. It is common for one or more alternates to be accepted due to applicant decision changes over the summer.

What is the class schedule during the sophomore (professional) year?

Sophomore PTA classes start at 8:00 am, Monday through Friday. They are usually complete by 3:00 pm.  In the second semester, there is one day a week that does not finish until 5:00 pm. Schedules are occasionally flexible therefore this statement of schedule is not considered the only schedule possibility. If you plan an 8-5 work day, you will have additional time to study. All clinical affiliations are 40 hours a week — full time.

What are clinical experiences and when are they?

Clinical experiences are rotations into a work setting. The schedule is 40 hours per week and is frequently 8-5. However, the schedule can be in a 4 day, 10 hour day pattern or vary in hours, such as, 7-4 or 6-3 or 9-6. This is not controlled by the program so is not a choice. The clinical experiences include an acute hospital setting over 100 beds, a neurologic setting or skilled nursing facility and an outpatient setting. The length of clinical rotations includes: 3 weeks in December, 4 weeks in March, 5 weeks in May-June and 5 weeks in June-July. Four different facilities will be used. Students are given some selection ability about which facilities they practice in. The ultimate decision about location and type is up to the program Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. Students are not paid nor are they guaranteed provision of housing or food during clinical experiences.

What is required for me to be able to go to a clinical experience?

Clinical sites require the following information to allow student participation therefore all this information must be on file with the program:
1) Immunization records including: 2 MMR or titer, T-dap (less than 10 years old), 2 varicella shots or a titer, Hepatitis B (3 shots), seasonal flu (yearly), polio and current TB test (two step) or chest x-ray (good for 5 years)
2) Current criminal background check – available during program
3) Current drug test—available at student health
4) Current physical exam
5) Current CPR card—provided in program
6) Personal health insurance coverage
7) Liability insurance—provided in program

Some sites require MMR and Varicella titers even with immunizations being up to date.

Is there a waiting list to get into PTA?

There is no waiting list for PTA. Students must apply each year. Students who do not make it into the class one year or qualify for one year should plan to apply the next year. To improve the chance of success the second time, communication with the program about areas to improve is recommended.