PTA Observation Requirements

Observation is required for admission to the PTA Program.  Forms are always due before interviews - April of each year. The criteria for facility type are listed here.

40 hours with a minimum of four (4) different settings:

  • Acute hospital of 50-100 beds - at least four (4) hours
  • A facility that treats primarily neurological diagnoses - at least four (4) hours
  • A facility that treats primarily outpatients - at least four (4) hours
  • A skilled nursing facility - at least four (4) hours

The remaining hours may be spent in any of the settings that is the most convenient for you. This will broaden your knowledge and view of the physical therapy field. Additional observation hours may be attained in any setting. 

Click for a Statement of Observation form.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Colby Community College is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
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