Physical Therapist Assistant
Bring Motion to Life as a Physical Therapist Assistant
As a selective admission program, the PTA program enrollment is limited to 16 students per year. Decision for admission is based on achievement of minimum academic criteria, residency and the quality of the applicant's credentials in relation to those of other applicants.
Physical Therapist Assistant program at Heartland Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22305-3085; telephone 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 309-268-8673 or email email@example.com.
COMPLAINTS to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs (PT or PTA). Please refer to the CAPTE website: http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/.
Review Licensure Considerations
Passing the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) is required for licensure. In order to sit for the NPTE, students must graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and meet eligibility criteria designated by each state's licensing authority. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) administers the NPTE.
Applicants seeking licensure in the state of Illinois will need to answer several licensure questions including personal history, child support, and/or student loan information questions.
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.
View the Physical Therapist Assistant's Program Statistics (PDF) .
View the Physical Therapist Assistant's PTA Outcomes (PDF) summary data.
View the Physical Therapist Assistant's Assessment of Mission and Goals (PDF) .
About the Physical Therapist Assistant Program
|Application process begins.||April 1|
|Application Deadline.||August 1|
|Supporting documentation due.||September 1|
|Applicants notified about admission.||November 15|
PTA Upcoming Events
We strongly recommend you attend one of these informational sessions. All information meetings are held at the main campus in Normal, IL, unless otherwise noted.
Day Time Room
Beginning May 1, 2020, and until further notice, informational meetings will be held virtually utilizing ZOOM. Please continue to check this site for dates and additional information.
Monday, Apr. 12, 2021
Work Ready Programs
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Work Ready meeting.
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Physical Therapist Assistant meeting.
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Nursing meeting.
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this EMT/Paramedic meeting.
Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Radiography meeting.
Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021
Medical Assistant Program
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Medical Assistant meeting.
Please contact the following program coordinator and request the ZOOM link for the meeting that you would like to attend:
EMT/Paramedic - Please contact Travis Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Assistant - Please contact Martha Stearns at email@example.com
Physical Therapist Assistant - Please contact Daryl Menke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Radiography - Please contact Jo Gramley at email@example.com
Work Ready Programs* - Please contact Kelly Pyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Work Ready Programs currently consist of Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomy, Veterinary Assistant, and Recovery Support Specialist.
- The ATI TEAS is only offered online.
- To schedule a date through Heartland, please click on "Health Sciences" at https://www.heartland.edu/appointments/. Leave the search parameters blank to see the four dates the test is offered. You will receive a confirmation email to your myHeartland account. A $70 test fee must be paid online by credit card at the time of testing. Carefully review all information at https://atitesting.com/teas/register/teas-online-at-institution.
- For wider test availability, you may schedule a test date through ATI at https://atitesting.com/teas/register/teas-at-ati. There is an additional test fee for this option.
Study materials are available at the Heartland Library or may be purchased at https://atitesting.com/teas-prep.
Students may retake the ATI TEAS one time within the application period. The highest grade within the application period will be used for evaluation. TEAS scores are valid for two application cycles.