Physical Therapist Assistant

OVERVIEW
CAREER
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
MISSION, PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS
DISCLOSURE
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OVERVIEW

Why Should You Become a Physical Therapist Assistant?

As a Physical Therapist Assistant, your workday will never CBD College PTA Programbe boring. Physical Therapy Assistants work in challenging, exciting environments such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities and clinics. Physical Therapy Assistants assist Physical Therapists with many important tasks, including:

  • Helping patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses and surgery to regain movement and manage pain.

  • Being key players in a team that help people to become mobile again.

  • Working in a variety of settings, from hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, private practices, clinics, schools, nursing homes, and more.

  • Utilizing specific techniques and modalities, such as massage, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, stretching and other exercise methods to treat patients.

  • Educating patients and family on treatment methods and providing recovery plans.

  • Giving patients and their loved ones the tools to help themselves regain their independence and quality of living.

  • Changing people’s lives for the better every day.

The demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the health needs of an aging population, particularly the large baby-boom generation. Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 41 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

In response to the growing job prospects and demand for PTA’s, CBD College has specifically designed an Associates Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program to prepare you for this challenging and rewarding career path and get you started towards your exciting future as soon as possible.

The accelerated pace of CBD College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program allows you to train to become a Physical Therapist Assistant without requiring that you put your busy life on hold for years while you study.

Our dedicated staff will help you to train in our state of the art labs and get experience working in any of our large affiliate network of clinical externships sites. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and the California Law Examination (CLE)

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at CBD College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm

 

CAREER

 

Physical Therapist Assistants are in Demand!

In 2015 the national average annual income for qualifiedPhysical therapist gai training on parallel bars. Physical Therapist Assistant program, CBD College - Los Angeles, CA  Physical Therapy Assistants was $55,250. In California, that figure jumped to $62,630!*

Your time is valuable. The time you spend at CBD College will be an investment in yourself, and the payoff will be a future where your job skills will be well compensated and in demand. The accelerated pace of CBD College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program allows you to train to become a Physical Therapist Assistant without requiring that you put your busy life on hold for years while you study.

Where Can I Work? 

  • Physical Therapy Clincs

  • Hospitals 

  • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Outpatient Clinics

  • Schools 

  • Homes Health Care Services

  • Physician Offices 

  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

Why choose the Physical Therapist Assistant program at CBD?

  • CAPTE Accredited Program   

  • 80 week Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree program

  • CBD College provides NPTE Board Exam Preparation

  • Train in our State-of-the-Art Classrooms and Laboratories.

  • Early experience with patients at the on-campus Physical Therapy Clinic

  • Get experience working in any of our large network of Clinical Externship sites.

  • Our dedicated faculty and staff offer you hands-on training with a personal feel.

  • Employment Assistance. At no extra cost to you, we will prepare you to pass the board exam and help you find job placement for the duration of your career—long after graduation!

  • Federal Financial Aid available to those who qualify


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Student Testimonials

MISSION, PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS

Mission, Philosophy and Program Goals

Mission Statement

Physical Therapist Working with Patient

The mission of CBD College's Physical Therapist Assistant program is to graduate entry level physical therapist assistant practitioners who practice in a safe, legal and ethical manner under the supervision of a physical therapist and seek to advance their competence through the pursuit of lifelong learning. 

The Program Philosophy

We believe that the education process should provide every student with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, professionalism and values needed to successfully pursue a productive and fulfilling career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. To that end, we seek to admit individuals who enjoy interacting with people in a caring and compassionate manner, can manage the demands of a rigorous learning process, and demonstrate the integrity and adaptability needed to practice in a rapidly changing health care environment. As faculty, we recognize that our students are adult learners who possess diverse thinking styles and bring a variety of past experiences to the educational process. We strive to build on those past experiences and utilize their strengths as learners to provide them with opportunities for new learning experiences using a variety of interactive instructional methods such classroom lectures, media presentations, laboratory practice, web-based applications, simulations and supervised patient care experiences. Our primary goal is to prepare a caring and competent entry-level practitioner who works effectively as a member of the health care team to deliver physical therapy interventions that are grounded in scientific evidence and sound ethical judgment. To accomplish this goal, we believe the curriculum must begin with the introduction of foundational knowledge and skills that can be progressively applied and integrated in a clinical context that focuses on the prevention and treatment of illnesses/disabilities which impair functional movement in people of all ages and lifestyles. This progression and integration occurs is a spiral fashion (see figure below) which allows the learner to review and reflect on past experiences as he or she prepares to apply them to more complex, novel situations. In addition to facilitating the achievement of clinical competence, the faculty is committed to modeling professionalism to our students and serving as advocates for the physical therapy profession and the patients we serve. Finally, we embrace education as a lifelong process that enables physical therapist assistants to maintain and advance their clinical competence in order to meet the future challenges of an evolving profession and health care system.

Program Goals

The ultimate goal of CBD College’s PTA Program is to educate its students with the knowledge and skills to function within the physical therapist assistant scope of practice as defined by the American Physical Therapy Association and the laws of the State of California and advance their competence through the pursuit of lifelong learning.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a comprehensive course of study that combines theory and clinical practice. The curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills, which will enable them to become safe and competent practitioners as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and the California Law Examination (CLE), which relates to the practice of physical therapy in California, to obtain licensure, as required for the practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions leading to careers or career advancement in a number of health care facilities including hospitals, medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, private practices. The program includes 680-hours of clinical experiences that must be completed prior to graduation.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the program in Physical Therapist Assistant should meet the following program objectives:

1. Practice in safe, competent, legal and ethical manner, under the supervision of a physical therapist.

2. Students will have the capability to be successful on the PTA licensure exam, and acquire an entry-level position as a PTA.

3. Provide competent and compassionate patient care.

4. Demonstrate ability to implement interventions as developed by the supervising physical therapist for all patients in their care.

5. Demonstrate appropriate problem solving and critical thinking within the scope of work as a Physical Therapist Assistant

6. Seek to advance their competence through the pursuit of lifelong learning. 

Curriculum ProgressionCurriculum Model

CBD College's curriculum begins with the introduction of foundational knowledge and skills that can be progressively applied and integrated in a clinical context that focuses on the prevention and treatment of illnesses/disabilities which impair functional movement in people of all ages and lifestyles. This progression and integration occurs is a spiral fashion (see figure) which allows the learner to review and reflect on past experiences as he or she prepares to apply them to more complex, novel situations.

DISCLOSURE

Program Disclosure

GE Disclosure – Physical Therapist Assistant

CAPTE Reported PTA Outcomes

Mandatory Disclosure

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at CBD College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Physical Therapist Assistant with Medicine Ball, Physical Therapist Assistant program CBD College Los Angeles

Background Check

Students of the CBD College Physical Therapist Assistant Program are advised that hospitals and outpatient clinics typically require that students submit to background checks and receive appropriate clearance before they will be permitted to participate in clinical rotations at those institutions. Students who do not receive appropriate clearance may be unable to fulfill their academic requirements at CBD College, and therefore may not be able to complete their educational program. If you know of anything in your background check that may prevent you from taking the licensure exam, we advise you to check with an admissions representative prior to enrolling in the PTA program.
Any felony or certain misdemeanor convictions may prevent the student from being accepted by clinical sites, obtaining certification/licensure upon graduation, and/or obtaining gainful employment.
During the pre-admission process, students are made aware that placement at a facility affiliated with CBD College for their clinical education might be conditional on a clear background check. CBD College requires a clear background check for the admission process, but students are made aware that they may be required to undergo another one, at the time of their clinical education.

Complaint/Greivance Procedure

Internal Complaints:
It is the intent of CBD College to provide an avenue for students to resolve conflicts with faculty and/or staff, or another student. It is desirable to resolve problems and complaints informally. This policy encourages both responsibility and accountability for both student and faculty or staff member(s). If resolution of the issues cannot occur informally, formal grievance policy is hierarchical. The student should first meet with the staff or faculty member involved. If unable to resolve the concern the next step would be the program director, then the school director. If still unable to resolve the issue, write a formal letter to the campus President. Student will be informed of the decision within 5 (five) school days.  The President’s decision will be final.
If a resolution is still unavailable a student may formally contact our accreditation agency CAPTE and/or the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Education.
A formal written complaint may be filed with CAPTE and/or BPPE. Complaints may not be submitted anonymously.

CAPTE Contact Information:
AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION
Attention: Department of Accreditation
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
Fax: 703-706-3387
Email: accreditation@apta.org CAPTE website: http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx

BPPE Contact Information:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Phone: (888) 370-7589
E-mail: bppe@dca.ca.gov BPPE website: www.bppe.ca.gov

External Complaints/Complaints That Fall Outside of Due Process

Policy: Public Comment/Complaint that Fall Outside Due Process

It is the intent of all CBD College programs to ensure the institutional policies, procedures and practices protect the rights and privileges of persons not associated with the education program. Persons not associated with the program such as representatives of clinical sites, employers of graduates, and the public, may contact the Program Director or School President with complaints, comments, suggestions or ideas. The following procedures have been established for consideration of all inquiries that fall outside due process:

Procedure:

  1. Initial Screening of the Complaint, Comment, Suggestion or Idea:
  2. Any inquiry about filing a complaint, comment, suggestion or idea about a program will be recorded as it is received by the College.
  3. If such inquiries are received by other faculty or staff members, they will be referred to the Program Director or School President.
  4. Informal resolution of the complaint, comment, suggestion or idea will be attempted.
  5. Formal Complaint, Comment, Suggestion or Idea:
  6. If informal resolution is not successful, the following steps will be required of the inquirer:
  7. Complaints, comments, suggestions and ideas must be provided in writing and signed by the original author(s). Any submission received without an author’s signature will not be acknowledged by CBD College. Conversely, complaints, comments, suggestions and ideas can be provided electronically via the Feedback Form on the PTA Program Page of the CBD website.
  8. All written submissions must be mailed to the following:

CBD College PTA Program Director

3699 Wilshire Blvd, 4th Floor.  Los Angeles, CA  90010

iii. The Program Director will respond to all comments within 10 business days to further discuss and resolve the issue. If an acceptable resolution has not been achieved within the given time frame, a written appeal may be made to the School President.

  1. Any issues involving the Program Director may be sent directly to the School President for initial resolution within 10 business days of receiving the inquiry.
  2. The President will not become involved until all actions to resolve the issue with the Program Director have been exhausted (unless the comment is directly related to the Program Director.) The decision of the President will be final and not subject to further appeal.

vi. Records of all communication, meetings and final resolution will be confidentially filed and kept by the Program Director and School President for three (3) years.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet Web site: www.bppe.ca.gov.

Sexual or other unlawful harassment:
Sexual or other unlawful harassment is not tolerated at CBD College. Any event, report or situation that falls in this category will be handled by the college president ASAP with any support that he needs from the College administration, staff, program directors and faculty.

FEEDBACK FORM

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