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PTA Degrees

Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate in Applied Science Degree)

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Heartland Community College leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. This degree contains pre-admission (general education) courses, PTA technical courses and practical clinical experience.

Accreditation information: Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Heartland Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

HCC and the HCC PTA program are proceeding forward with a high intention and purpose for achieving candidacy and ultimately accreditation of the PTA program. The contingency plan for students in the event failure of candidacy or accreditation occurs includes:

  • Advising the students about the existence of accredited programs in Illinois and close to HCC
  • Assisting the students as much as feasibly possible in contacting and facilitating communication about the possibilities of transferring to an accredited program/advising the student regarding alternate carrier pathways that are supported by HCC