The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare graduates to perform physical therapy procedures and related tasks under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Graduates complete 715 hours of supervised clinical experience that is coordinated with 450 hours of classroom learning. The physical therapist assistant (PTA) performs a variety of treatment procedures in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, schools, patient homes, sports medicine clinics and private practices. Through the utilization of therapeutic modalities, and exercise, and other techniques, physical therapy aids patients in the relief of pain and discomfort as well as assisting the disabled in restoring optimal functioning.Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must submit separate application to be considered for program admission. Applicants should have a successful record of achievement in high school courses or develop these skills prior to program admission. Students must also meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of BIO-151 General Biology 1 or BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science or completion of the Biology Waiver Examination. Exception: Anatomy & Physiology 1 and/or 2 successfully completed.The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703.684.2782, www.apta.org.Graduates of this accredited program will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants (NPTE-PTA) administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants (NPTE-PTA). Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will: