What is new and exciting?
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!
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: email@example.com
Your academic advisor is determined by your cohort section. Those in Cohort Section F should contact Dr. LaVonne Couch at firstname.lastname@example.org and those in Cohort Section G should contact Mr. Chuck Hewlings at mailto:email@example.com. 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; firstname.lastname@example.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,
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!