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Announcing the Physical Therapist Assistant Graduation

Graduation Vintage Background conceptPennsylvania Institute of Technology is proud to announce the graduation ceremony of our inaugural Physical Therapist Assistant class on August 20, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Physical Therapist Assistant program is a five semester program during which graduating students earn an Associate in Science degree.

The ceremony will be held at the Springfield Country Club 400 W Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA 19064. Each graduate may have 4 guests. Tickets can be picked up at the ARO with the cap & gown.

Questions may be directed to Laura Murzynski (lmurzynski@pit.edu or 610-892-1511)

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education granted the Physical Therapist Assistant program Accreditation, effective March 11, 2015 through June 30, 2020.

For further information regarding the Physical therapist Assistant program, please contact Admissions at 610-892-1500.

The Physical Therapist Assistant at Pennsylvania Institute of Technology 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@cpta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

 

Becoming a Certified EKG Technician

IMG_9691There is a large demand in the Philadelphia area for Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technicians to work in hospitals, cardiology clinics, and laboratories.  EKG technicians provide cardiac performance data to physicians.

They explain the EKG procedure, attach electrodes to the patients, and provide data to physicians for interpretation.  EKG technicians monitor the heart’s performance with the use of the EKG machine, perform EKG tests, stress tests, Holter monitoring tests, and provide data for the physician’s analysis.

Training

The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology offers Rapid Learning Program Certificates at the Media campus for people interested in obtaining nationwide EKG technician certification. P.I.T. offers classes weekdays and weekends, days and evenings. Students can select the most convenient schedule if they are employed in other jobs.

 

Monitoring electrode

Monitoring electrode (Photo credit: quinn.anya)

Alternative Job Titles

Students who complete the EKG technician certificate will be able to apply for jobs such as:

  • EKG Technician
  • Electrocardiogram Technician
  • Cardiovascular Technician

 

Students will study:

  • EKG and cardiovascular systems
  • Human Body Systems I
  • Pharmacology and immunology

 

All equipment, scrubs, textbooks and lab tools are provided for people who want to learn about working with the latest EKG equipment.  Instructors are certified in EKG.

Most employers require a certification completion in EKG, as health insurance carriers provide coverage for the procedure only if it is performed by a certified EKG technician.  To that end, students prepare to take the NHA (National Healthcare Association) examination certifying them as CETs (Certified EKG Technicians).

Credits in the EKG program can be applied to an Associate Degree in Allied Health – Clinical Medical Assistant. P.I.T. also offers a Rapid Learning Program Certificate in the related field of Medical Billing and Coding.

The position of EKG technician a growing area with new diagnostic and monitoring technology entering the market, and the job outlook is promising.

P.I.T. is a non-profit accredited college offering financial assistance and career placement assistance to students at the Media campus and Center City Philadelphia site.

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Spring Cleaning at P.I.T. (Planet Aid Bins)

Pile Of ClothesAfter the winter we have endured, we are all excited to be outdoors and breathing the pollen-filled air!  However, this is also the time of year when we realize our closets are bulging with old clothes and shoes, and we need to make room for our spring and summer clothes.

 

P.I.T. is making it easier for you to organize your closets.  After you bag up your old clothes and shoes, you can bring them directly to the P.I.T. Media campus or the P.I.T. Center City location, which are hosting Planet Aid donation bins.

 

Who is Planet Aid? 

Planet Aid supports programs that help people in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.  Clothing and shoe donations are recycled to help orphaned children, improve educational opportunities, and improve healthcare.  In our global economy, this type of assistance can change the lives of thousands of children who otherwise would not have the opportunities that these donations provide.

 

What Can You Donate?

Planet Aid only accepts donations of clothes and shoes.  This means that the ugly sweater that grandma gave you is perfect, but you should NOT donate the hundreds of Beanie Babies you have hidden under your bed.

 

Where Can You Donate?

The Planet Aid donation bins are located at the Media Campus in the P.I.T. Stop Café and at the Center City location in the cafeteria.

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Why Should I Donate?

There are a dozen good reasons to donate your old clothes, but one of the most important is that you are recycling something instead of adding to the giant garbage dumps in this country.  Aside from being a tax deductible donation, these donation bins also offer a terrific way to make room in your closet (so you can go shopping), but you will also be helping someone who desperately needs assistance.  It literally costs you nothing, while giving you a tax break and a warm fuzzy feeling that someone on this Earth has benefited from your generosity.

The Therapy Review

What is new and exciting?

Physical Therapy Review

P.I.T. has begun construction of the second physical therapist assistant program laboratory. The new lab will provide additional room for course instruction, allow students open-lab time for practicing skills, and provide increased space for skills testing.

The lab furniture and equipment for the new laboratory was purchased in March and will be ready for delivery in May.

A new and improved PTA Program Student Handbook has been developed. The revision will be distributed to students at the start of the first semester, in the technical phase of instruction. New program goals and policies will be outlined in detail.

The search has begun for a third full time dedicated faculty member for the program. The faculty and administration are seeking an experienced clinician and educator to round out the core faculty. PTAs have been encouraged to apply!

 

Reminders

Please continue to monitor your College email box. This is the means by which P.I.T. will contact you with important information. Why? Your designated email from the college is more secure and therefore less likely to contain or allow the infiltration of computer viruses. So, if you are unable to log into your account, please notify the college’s information technology department for assistance, from the home email address you provided upon admission, and send the message to: webmaster@pit.edu

Your academic advisor is determined by your cohort section. Those in Cohort Section F should contact Dr. LaVonne Couch at lcouch@pit.edu and those in Cohort Section G should contact Mr. Chuck Hewlings at mailto:chewlings@pit.edu. If you are uncertain, please email either instructor for clarification.

The PTA Program has its own email address. If you have friends, family or employers who have questions about the program, please refer them to PTAProgram@pit.edu and a faculty member will respond.

Clinical observation forms need to be completed and returned to the program manager by April 30, 2014. PTA student candidates must complete twenty (20) hours of observation at the minimum of at least two (2) different physical therapy sites and submit the completed and signed observation form to the PTA Program Manager.

 

PTA Program update

On February 12-14, 2014, PIT hosted an on-site reviewer from CAPTE. The reviewer was able to meet with the PTA Program faculty, members of the program advisory board, licensed clinicians who have contracted with P.I.T. to be clinical instructors, and the leaders and administrators of the college.

P.I.T. received the summary report from the onsite reviewer in late February and completed, and returned, the institutional response to the report, and all requested documents, on the first day of Spring!

CAPTE will meet from April 25-30, 2014 to review all new and renewing physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs from across the nation which are scheduled for their Spring meeting. A full list of programs to be reviewed can be obtained from the CAPTE website at http://www.capteonline.org/uploadedFiles/CAPTEorg/About_CAPTE/Calendar/Onsite_Visits/CAPTE_CalendarOnsiteVisits.pdf

The P.I.T. accreditation status statement has been upgraded and remains the mandatory minimum language required by CAPTE until a candidacy decision has been received (in late-April 2014):

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.
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program has submitted 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.

 

The Process for Program Accreditation (reprinted from the July 2013 edition of the Therapy Review)

There are many steps involved in the process of obtaining CAPTE accreditation.

Submitting an application for candidacy (AFC) is just one step in the process of accreditation. Some of the most important steps include:

  • the hiring of a Program Director,
  • preparation of the curriculum,
  • hiring an Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education (ACCE),
  • obtaining and contracting with clinical sites,
  • preparation of and the submission of the AFC,
  • awaiting CAPTE determination of the quality of the AFC,
  • the modification of the AFC as requested by CAPTE,
  • an on-site visit by a CAPTE reviewer,
  • CAPTE reviewing report and granting candidacy status,
  • starting the technical portion of the program,
  • continued preparation of the self-study report to CAPTE,
  • students completing final clinical education courses,
  • another on-site visit,
  • the CAPTE decision of accreditation at their Spring meeting, and finally,
  • Graduation!

 

The faculty is working in conjunction with the Commission, our advisory board and clinical sites and instructors and a qualified consultant to ensure a viable program for many years to come!

New Degree Program Launching! Associate in Science – Health Science

Medical students and professor with skeleton in classroom at universityP.I.T. is launching an Associate in Science–Health Science degree program beginning in the summer of 2014. Below are a series of questions and answers which will answer many of your questions about this new degree program and how it relates to existing P.I.T. degree and certificate programs.

1.        What is the A.S. Health Science program?

The A.S. Health Science program prepares students to meet the minimum academic requirements for application to many medical-related professional programs in the greater Philadelphia region. These medical-related professional programs include nursing, physical therapist assistant, and other medical programs that require direct patient care. This also includes the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Practical Nursing program and Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Completion of this program does not guarantee acceptance to include the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Practical Nursing program and Physical Therapist Assistant program. These programs have additional admissions requirements.

2.        Will the A.S. Health Science program prepare students for medical-related professional programs at other colleges and universities?

Yes, the A.S. Health Science program prepares students to meet many of the minimum academic requirements for application to many health-related professional programs. If students plan to apply to a medical-related professional program at another college or university, they should consult with that institution’s catalog or website for specific admissions requirements and pre-requisite courses.

3.        What type of courses is included in the A.S. Health Science program?

The curriculum of this program is primarily composed of courses in science, mathematics, English and social sciences. These are courses generally required in any medical-related or health science curriculum.

4.        Why should a student enroll in this program if their career goal is to be a nurse, physical therapist assistant or another health care professional?

Admissions to an accredited nursing, physical therapist assistant, or another health care professional program is highly competitive. Generally, only students who have demonstrated exceptional strong academic skills are accepted for the limited number of openings.

In many instances, applicants are good candidates but they are not selected for the program due to the limited number of vacancies and the highly competitive program.

As a result, applicants need an opportunity to improve the chance of being accepted by proving to the college or university evidence of their ability to succeed and satisfactorily complete a medical-related program such as nursing, physical therapist assistant and other disciplines that will lead to a professional position.

The Health Science program at P.I.T. provides this proof! This program enables students seeking exceptional careers in the medical field to establish exceptional academic skills in health-care related subjects such as anatomy and physiology, mathematics, English and social sciences.

Students who earn top grades in these courses clearly demonstrate to faculty and admissions committees of medical professional programs their ability to excel at college level work. Similar, these students also substantiate academic perseverance. By earning excellent grade the sciences, mathematics, English and social sciences – knowledge required in the health-care field: –  they become prominent candidates for acceptance in a medical-related professional program.

5.        Must students complete all four semesters of the A.S. Health Sciences program?

No. Students are not required to complete all four semesters in the program unless they seek an associate degree in Health Sciences.

The flexibility of this program enables students to determine how many semesters or courses are required until they are confident that a record of academic excellence has been established at P.I.T. and an application to a professional medical program will be accepted.

In some instances, two semesters are appropriate to establish the academic foundation required for success. In other instances it may be additional semesters.

6.        Are students able to transfer the credits earned in the courses that they take in the Health Sciences program to medical-related professional programs?

Yes. A number of the courses students take in this program are pre-requisite courses required in health-related professional programs at other colleges and universities. In many instances, the courses taken in the Health Science program will meet the prerequisite course requirements and student may be accepted with advanced placement.

It is important that prospective students determine the actual course requirements of the medical or health-related program in which they seek acceptance.

 7.        The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology offers a Practical Nursing program. If a student completes one or two semesters in the Health Sciences program, will the student have a better chance of being accepted into P.I.T.’s nursing program.

Yes, when a student demonstrates academic competency especially in English and the science courses, the student will have met the minimum admissions requirements for the College’s Practical Nursing program.

The Practical Nursing program has other admissions requirements including F.B.I. criminal background check clearance, drug screen clearance, just to name a few prior to being accepted into the program.

8.        When does P.I.T. start the Practical Nursing program?

The College begins the Practical Nursing program twice a year, January and June.

It is important that a student demonstrate academic competency. As an example, it is suggested that the student enroll in the A.S. Health Science program in May for semester 1 and September for semester 2 that ends in December. This will result in starting the Practical Nursing program in January provided that all of the other admissions requirements are met.

9.        Will the A.S. Health Science program prepare students for admissions to the College’s A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program?

Yes, the first two semesters of the A.S. Health Science program meet the requirements for the initial two semesters of the non-technical A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program.

10.      If a student starts the Health Science program and then is admitted to the A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program, what degree will be awarded upon the completion of the program of study?

Health Science StudentsIn this example, the student will be awarded the A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant degree. For the purposes of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the student must complete semesters 1 and 2 of the Health Science program. The first two semesters of the Health Science program represent the first two semesters of the non-technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The student will be transferred into the Physical Therapist program when all the other admissions requirements have been met. The courses successfully completed in the A.S. Health Science program will be transferred into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

11.      Does completion of two or more semesters of the Health Science program guarantee admission to P.I.T.’s Practical Nursing or Physical Therapist programs?

No, the successful completion of the A.S. Health Science program does not guarantee admission to the College’s Practical Nursing or Physical Therapist programs. These programs are highly competitive and only students who have the best opportunity to succeed will be admitted. Each one of these programs has specific additional admissions requirements.

 

To apply to P.I.T.’s A.S. Health Science program, click here.

Get Paid for Your Volunteer Work

Are you already a volunteer with a community service organization? Why not turn your volunteer position into a paying job? To qualify your volunteer position must meet one of the three requirements listed below.

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Community Service Volunteers Can Earn Work Study Money

This may be ideal for those of you who may have your own means of transportation (or available public transportation), are employed outside of P.I.T., or have a very busy schedule where your availability is limited.

How does this work, you ask?  First and foremost, Federal Work Study positions with federal, state, or local public agencies or private nonprofit organizations must be in the public interest.  Off-campus Federal Work Study positions with private, for-profit organizations must be academically relevant to the maximum extent possible.  To qualify, your Federal Work Study position outside of P.I.T. must involve either:

  • Being employed in a community-service related position.
  • Being employed as a reading tutor for children in a reading tutoring project.
  • Performing family literacy activities in a family literacy project.

The above requirements must be fulfilled in order to qualify for a Federal Work Study position outside of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology.  Please note that this is voluntary and simply an opportunity for you to gain experience while also receiving payment via a Federal Work Study stipend ($8.50 per hour).

Should you have further questions regarding eligibility, please contact Dr. Dona Marie Fabrizio, Dean of Student Services, at 610-892-1514 or DFabrizio@pit.edu.  Thank you, and have a great day.