Important Note Regarding the PTA Program

At the June 20, 2022, meeting, the CCC Board of Trustees voted to suspend the PTA program for the 2022-23 school year. The board will make a further decision at the November 2022 meeting.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average. Demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and individuals with chronic conditions.

Program Summary

A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is required to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The PTA may perform physical therapy procedures and related tasks that have been selected and delegated by the supervising physical therapist. Where permitted by law, a PTA my also carry out routine operational functions, including supervision of the physical therapy tech or PTA student, and documentation of treatment progress. The PTA is certified to practice in the state of choice upon completion of the licensure board exam.

The Colby Community College PTA program is planned in accordance with the established standards of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 

The curriculum is arranged in a "1 + 1" format and is designed to be completed in four semesters and a summer. The freshman year (pre-PTA) is open to all students and consists of core courses. Satisfactory completion of these courses is a prerequisite to being accepted to the program. Admission to the program is limited and an interview process occurs prior to the second year.

The second year is devoted entirely to professional courses and consists of lecture and laboratory sessions on campus, and supervised clinical experiences in health care facilities in Kansas and other states.  After completion of the fourth semester, an additional ten weeks of supervised clinical experience is required. 

Outcomes

Per Class

2020201920182017
Graduates17
(10.5% attrition)
22
(0% attrition)
20
(16% attrition)
17
(29% attrition)
Board Pass Rates71%96%91%100%
First-Time Pass Rates52.9%65.2%72.7%
Employment Rates100%100%100%100%

Two-Year Program Outcomes

2019-2020
Graduation Rate92.8%
Employment Rates100%
Licensure Pass Rates83.5%

Licensure

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student receives an Associate of Applied Science degree and qualifies to take state licensure examinations. The student is responsible for all applications and cost related to licensure in the state of choice.  


Complaints from Outside Sources

Should an outside entity (not a student or faculty member) wish to lodge a complaint against the CCC PTA program, the following procedure will be followed. All outside entity complaints should attempt to resolve the concern before starting the formal written process. A visit with the Vice President of Academic Affairs will often resolve the matter.  Every effort will be made to solve the complaint in an expeditious manner.

  1. The outside entity submits a signed, written complaint to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  2. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will review the complaint and respond to the entity concerning the steps to be taken in responding to the complaint. The investigation may involve other parties connected with the complaint. The nature of the complaint will dictate the extent of involvement of outside parties and the length of time needed to respond to the complaint.
  3. The complainant will be notified in writing of the action taken by Colby Community College in response to the complaint.

Faculty

Colby Community College is recognized for having dedicated and qualified PTA faculty. For more information, contact:

Autumn Hoffman, PTA, MS
Director/ACCE
(785) 460-5443
autumn.hoffman@colbycc.edu

Jami Sprinkle, PTA, BS
PTA Instructor
(785) 460-5448
jami.sprinkle@colbycc.edu

Luke Kriley, PT, DPT
PTA Academic Consultant
(785) 460-5448
luke.kriley@colbycc.edu

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Colby Community College is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA, 22305-3085
Telephone: 703.706.3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org   
Website: www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 785.460.5443 or email autumn.hoffman@colbycc.edu.

On November 2, 2021, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) placed the CCC program on a status of continued accreditation, but found the program to be in non-compliance with the program element, 1C2 (ultimate licensure pass rates must at least 85%, averaged over two years).  The Federal State Boards of Physical Therapy Third Quarter Report (2021), indicates that the program continues to have a two-year ultimate pass rate for 2019-2020 (84.6%).  The 2020 ultimate pass rate is 70.5%, and the two-year average pass rate is 83%.  CCC has a two-year limitation on being out of compliance with this element.  CCC was found to be in compliance with the overarching standard, 1C, as the program meets required student achievement measures and its mission and goals as demonstrated by the actual program outcomes.  The latest compliance report was submitted to CAPTE on February 8, 2022.