The Therapy Review

February 2014 edition

P.I.T. has seen some new innovations as the Spring I semester moves into full swing. The college now offers e-PIT Blended Learning through use of an online platform that is incorporated into classes held on campus. Check the college course catalog if you are interested in taking one of these courses.

Did you know?

The library now has an online database available with physical therapy resources. To remotely access the library, follow this link:

Once you are on the library home page, select AccessPhysiotherapy.


Your academic advisor is determined by your cohort section. Those in Cohort Section F should contact Dr. LaVonne Couch at lcouch@pit.eduand those in Cohort Section G should contact Mr. Chuck Hewlings at 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 and a faculty member will respond.

And don’t forget, being a student has its perks! You can receive a limited free membership to Amazon Prime for being a student. Go to for details. and (powered by JourneyEd) are marketplaces that issues steep discounts on software, hardware, games and much more.

Regal Theaters offer up to 25% discounts on selected shows and dates.

Subway offers a 10% discount.

And always inquire at retail stores like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, J Crew, and the Limited about discounts – with a valid student ID card.

PTA Program update

In December 2013, P.I.T. received notification that the Application for Candidacy (AFC) sent to CAPTE was deemed bona fides. This moved the program forward and allowed P.I.T. to proceed to the next step required to achieve accreditation.

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.

Chuck and LaVonne will await the final summary report from the reviewer and then continue the process by providing an institutional response to the report.

CAPTE will meet at the end of April 2014 to review all of the submitted information and determine when P.I.T. may initiate the technical phase of a PTA program.

The P.I.T. accreditation status statement remains the mandatory minimum language required by CAPTE until a candidacy decision has been received (in 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; 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 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.


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!