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The PTA Program at Mendocino College is an ONLINE commuter-friendly, hybrid design with theory classes online and lab classes on campus two consecutive days.

The educational pathway includes one semester of prerequisites and four semesters of degree-specific classes combined with general education classes.

PTA graduates earn an Associate of Science degree and qualify to take the national licensure exam.

This year ONLY - Applications are accepted from Aug. 15, 2024 through May 15, 2025 with the next cohort beginning the PTA Program in August 2025. 

(*Note: Previously the program began in January each year, however the start date has been moved to August of each year.)

Up to 24 students are accepted based on a lottery drawing of qualified applicants.

For more information, visit mendocino.edu/PTA, or email PTA@mendocino.edu.

 


PTA PODCAST!

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Jessica Huckabay is a former student in the PTA Program who created a podcast to help answer questions about how to access physical therapy. Click the link above to access the Spotify podcast. It is highly informative for those new to and interested in physical therapy, and those who are assisting others get access to care. Enjoy, and thank you Jessica for putting this resource out there!


PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM

ONLINE commuter-friendly, online hybrid program! 

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist (PT). Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession full of variety, activity and human interaction. PTs and PTAs are movement experts who help to relieve pain, prevent disability and restore the basic movements that we take for granted every day by improving balance, posture, strength, flexibility and so much more.

PTAs are an integral part of the healthcare team and work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more.

Please refer to the American Physical Therapy Association for more information about the profession.

http://www.apta.org/PTACareers/Overview/

To view the pre-requisite courses for the PTA Program visit the Curriculum tab above. 

Click here to view the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Essential Functions

Click here to view the PTA Clinical Education Handbook 

Click here to view the PTA Student Handbook 


About the Mendocino College PTA Program

Mendocino College is excited to be underway with the new, ONLINE commuter-friendly, hybrid PTA program. The hybrid design means theory courses are offered online and laboratory courses are offered on the Ukiah campus. 

The PTA program is a five-semester program with students earning an Associates of Science degree and eligibility to take the National Physical Therapy Exam for licensure as a PTA upon completion.

The program is commuter-friendly and simply requires that students be on campus in Ukiah two consecutive days per week for laboratory courses. Lecture theory courses are offered online.

This year ONLY - Applications are accepted from Aug. 15, 2024 through May 15, 2025 with the next cohort beginning the PTA Program in August 2025. 

(*Note: Previously the program began in January each year, however the start date has been moved to August of each year.)

Please click on the "Admissions" tab above for more information regarding the application process and to access the online application.


Here's a short video overview of the Program:

 


PTA Program 2-year Outcome Data

Outcome Measure202120222021-2022
2-year average
Graduation Rate 100% 95%97.5%
1st Time Pass Rate NPTE-PTA  81% 77.8%79.4%
Ultimate Pass Rate NPTE-PTA  94% 77.8%85.9%
Employment Rate 100%100%100%


Accreditation status

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mendocino College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 707-467-1057 or email PTA@mendocino.edu.

Comments and Concerns

Complaints regarding the program or the program graduates should be first addressed to the PTA Program Director, Sara Bogner, MS PT. Sara Bogner's email address is sbogner@mendocino.edu and her phone number is (707) 467-1062. Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Director should be directed to Christy Smith, Dean of Career Education. Christy Smith’s e-mail address is csmith@mendocino.edu and his phone number is (707) 468-3131. No retaliation will occur by either the program or the college due to a complaint being filed.  All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility. Complaints regarding accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22305-3085. ​

Mission Statement

The Mendocino College Physical Therapist Assistant Program provides a comprehensive educational experience to prepare a diverse student population to practice as entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist. High quality and innovative instruction and individual attention in an inclusive and accessible learning environment enables students to achieve their educational goals. Graduates will serve the community by providing competent, ethical and compassionate healthcare in contemporary physical therapy practice while understanding the value of evidence-based practice and lifelong learning. 

Here's a short video that help define our Mission:

Program Goals

Goal 1. Prepares graduates for positions as competent, entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Goal 2. Program faculty will provide an inclusive and accessible learning environment and a curriculum consistent with contemporary physical therapy practice, and feedback from program stakeholders.

Goal 3. Promote the importance of continuing personal and professional development through life-long learning opportunities and membership in professional organizations.

Goal 4. PTA Program graduates will appropriately express effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills in a culturally competent manner with patients, family members and other healthcare providers.

Here is a short video further defining the goals of the PTA Program:

 

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be able to:

Objective 1. Work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, and competent manner.

Objective 2. Demonstrate the ability to promote optimal outcomes for patients by competently performing assessment techniques and treatment interventions from within the physical therapist’s plan of care.

Objective 3. Recognize the relationship between concepts learned from liberal arts and basic science coursework and physical therapy knowledge and skills.

Objective 4. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication in a culturally competent manner with patients and their families, colleagues, and other healthcare providers.

Objective 5. Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning.

Program Description

The Mendocino College PTA Program is five semesters in length and includes both general education and program-specific requirements. There is a pre-requisite semester followed by four semesters of program coursework. GE courses are also completed within the five semesters, if not completed prior to entering the program. The PTA Program is a hybrid format with theory courses taken online and lab courses two consecutive days each week during the spring and fall semesters.

In addition to regular coursework, students are required to participate in two full-time, eight-week clinical education practicums at the end of semesters three and four. The clinical experiences take place at selected healthcare facilities in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa, and Humboldt counties, and other locations as needed. Students are required to travel to any of these areas to complete the clinical education portion of the program.

The following is an example of the course sequence to complete the requirements for an Associates of Science in Physical Therapist Assisting. (Click here for a printable  PTA Program course sequence)

*General Education courses may be completed prior to entering the program. 

*Mendocino College graduation requirements also include a Studies in Culture course. This can be fulfilled through specific Humanities and American Institutions courses. It is recommended that a GE course is chosen that will fulfill both requirements. 

*All students should meet with a Mendocino College academic counselor in preparation for applying to the PTA Program.

Required Prerequisites 

Course TitleSemester Units
BIO 230 – Human Anatomy5

BIO 231 – Human Physiology

Or

BIO 202 and 202L – Human Biology and Human Biology Lab

5

               

4

HLH 104 – Medical Terminology3
KIN 100 – Introduction to Physical Therapy                 1
Total13 or 14

Semester One 

Course TitleSemester Units
PTA 101 – Physical Therapy Practice for the PTA2
PTA 102 – Pathology 3
PTA 103 – Patient Care Skills Theory2
PTA 103L – Patient Care Skills Lab1
PTA 104 – Clinical Kinesiology Theory2
PTA 104L – Clinical Kinesiology Lab1
English 200 – Reading and Composition (degree requirement)3
Total14

Semester Two

Course TitleSemester Units
PTA 105 – Therapeutic Exercise Theory2
PTA 105L – Therapeutic Exercise Lab1
PTA 106 – Therapeutic Agents Theory2
PTA 106L – Therapeutic Agents Lab1
PTA 118 – Clinical Development3

COM 210 – Interpersonal Communications (degree requirement)

-OR-

COM 203 – Introduction to Public Speaking (degree requirement)

3

PSY 205 – Introductory Psychology (degree requirement)

-OR-

PSY 210 – Life Span Development Psychology (degree requirement)

-OR-

CDV 200 – Psychology of Development: Infancy (degree requirement)
through Adolescence

3
Total15


Semester Three

Course Title 

Semester Units

PTA 107 – Orthopedic Management Theory2
PTA 107L – Orthopedic Management Lab1
PTA 108 – Neurology and Development Theory2
PTA 108L – Neurology and Development Lab1
PTA 121 – Clinical Practicum 16
American Institutions GE course (see institutional
requirements)*
3
Math GE course (see institutional requirements)*3
Total18

Semester Four

Course TitleSemester Units
PTA 109 – Neurologic Management Theory2
PTA 109L – Neurologic Management Lab1
PTA 110 – Advanced Procedures Theory2
PTA  110L – Advanced Procedures Lab1
PTA 111 – Professional Integration2
PTA 122 – Clinical Practicum 26
Humanities GE course (see institutional requirements)*3
Total17

 

 Total Units
PTA Core Classes46
Total for Associate’s Degree

77 or 78

 

Required Pre-Requisite Courses

BIO 230 – Human Anatomy (GE Area 5)

This course will cover an introduction to human cytology and cellular organization, fundamental tissues and organ systems, and appropriate laboratory study of basic human anatomy.

BIO 231 – Human Physiology (GE Area 5)

This course will cover the study of human organ systems and the associated physiological principles with appropriate practical experimentation in the laboratory.

HLH 104 – Medical Terminology

This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of medical word building as well as terms related to specific body systems. Emphasis is placed upon pronunciation and spelling as well as anatomical, pathological, surgical, and diagnostic terminology. This course is designed for pre-nursing students, EMTs, health care clerical support staff, nursing assistants, and others in the health related professions.

KIN 100 – Introduction to Physical Therapy 

This course will introduce students to careers related to the field of physical therapy. It will outline job descriptions, educational background, labor market and practice settings for the different jobs related to physical therapy.

 

ENG 200 - College Composition - (GE Area 1A)

This course will fulfill the requirements of the first semester of freshman composition at the university level. All sections are both writing and reading intensive. Topics covered include thesis development and support, writing essays in various rhetorical modes, close reading, and completion of a thorough, properly cited research paper.


Required Semester 1 Courses

(** Does not include any necessary GE courses)

PTA 101 – Physical Therapy Practice for the PTA

This course will introduce the students to the profession of Physical Therapist Assistant by covering the history, laws and ethics of the profession. Introduction to professional/medical documentation and quality assurance issues will be presented. Students will also study communication techniques, interpersonal relationships and psychosocial considerations in healthcare.

PTA 102 – Pathology

This course will introduce the pathophysiology of all major organ systems of the body. The etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions related to common diseases and disorders seen in the physical therapy setting will be covered.

PTA 103 – Patient Care Skills Theory

The course will introduce students to the theory of basic patient care skills performed by the Physical Therapist Assistant including positioning, monitoring vital signs, infection control techniques, transfer training and gait training. Students will also be introduced to the assessment and treatment processes of the Physical Therapist Assistant.

PTA 103L – Patient Care Skills Lab

This course will provide practical training in basic care skills performed by the Physical Therapist Assistant including position, monitoring vital signs, infection control techniques, transfer training and gait training. Students will also begin assessment and intervention techniques for the Physical Therapist Assistant  in this laboratory course.

PTA 104 – Clinical Kinesiology Theory

This course will cover kinesiology and anatomy of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Emphasis will be on musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology including arthrokinematics, static and dynamic movement systems and associated clinical applications. Principles of goniometry and manual muscle testing will also be introduced.

PTA 104L – Clinical Kinesiology Lab

This course will consist of the laboratory component of PTA 104 Clinical Kinesiology. Students will apply kinesiology and biomechanics principles of PTA 104 Clinical Kinesiology in a practical setting. Assessment of joint range of motion, muscle strength, posture and gait will be performed. Surface palpation skills will also be developed in this laboratory course.


Required Semester 2 Courses

(** Does not include any necessary GE courses)

PTA 105 – Therapeutic Exercise Theory

This course will cover the use of exercise as a preventative and rehabilitative modality for the treatment of pathological conditions. Emphasis is placed on the physiologic effects of exercise as well as the design and application of exercise programs to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance. This course will also address exercise specific to cardiac rehabilitation, aquatic physical therapy and work hardening.

PTA 105L – Therapeutic Exercise Lab

This course will provide the practical training for the use of exercise as a preventative and rehabilitative modality for the treatment of pathological conditions. It is the laboratory component of PTA 105 Therapeutic Exercise Theory and will allow for application of concepts taught in that course. Therapeutic exercise principles will be illustrated through practice for strength, flexibility, posture and balance. More specific programs of therapeutic exercise for cardiac rehabilitation, aquatic therapy and work hardening will also be covered.

PTA 106 – Therapeutic Agents Theory

This course will cover the use of physical agents in the treatment of common conditions seen in the physical therapy setting. Various thermal, mechanical and electromagnetic agents will be presented with corresponding indications and contraindications. Evidence based rationale for use of physical agents will also be addressed.

PTA 106L – Therapeutic Agents Lab

This course will instruct students in the safe and effective use of physical agents in the treatment of common conditions seen in the physical therapy setting. Students will learn correct set up and application of thermal, mechanical and electromagnetic agents. This course is the laboratory course that corresponds with PTA 106 Physical Agents Theory.

PTA 120 – Clinical Development

This course will provide students with the opportunity to observe patient treatment on campus performed by faculty. Students will observe treatment during scheduled class time on campus as well as develop professional skills for clinical education experiences during semesters 3 and 4. This course will also familiarize students with the Clinical Performance Instrument to prepare them for future clinical education experiences in the program.  


Required Semester 3 Courses

(** Does not include any necessary GE courses)

PTA 107 – Orthopedic Management Theory

This course will focus on dysfunction, disease and trauma of the musculoskeletal system. Concepts of tissue healing, signs and symptoms of orthopedic dysfunctions, surgical interventions and physical therapy interventions will be addressed. Students will be expected to integrate knowledge and skills from previous PTA coursework to the orthopedic patient.

PTA 107L – Orthopedic Management Lab

This course will provide the practical training for assessment and treatment of the orthopedic conditions seen in the physical therapy setting. It is the laboratory component of PTA 107 Orthopedic Management and will focus on application of concepts taught in that course. Treatment strategies for disorders of the spine, upper extremity and lower extremity will be covered. Students will be expected to integrate knowledge and skills from previous PTA coursework and apply it to the orthopedic patient.

PTA 108 - Neurology and Development Theory

This course will cover basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a focus on human growth and development from birth to the aged adult. It will cover the physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes with aging and their impact on functional movement. The process of motor development through motor control and motor learning will be addressed and applied to treatment of neurologic conditions through the lifespan.

PTA 108L – Neurology and Development Lab

This course will provide the practical training for the assessment and treatment of normal and abnormal neurodevelopment. It is the laboratory component of PTA 108 Neurology and Development and will focus on neurodevelopmental treatment techniques for pediatric patients. Fundamentals of treatment for neurological conditions in the adult and general treatment strategies related to geriatric patients will also be covered.

PTA 121 – Clinical Practicum 1

This course will provide students with the opportunity to observe and participate in patient care as directed by a clinical instructor. Students will be placed in a clinical setting for a full time (40 hrs/wk), eight-week clinical experience where they will apply knowledge and skills learned in semesters one, two and three of the PTA Program. Students will provide care as directed by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for uncomplicated and complicated patients with the degree of supervision and guidance based on the patient and the environment. Students are expected to be operating at an intermediate level by the end of this clinical experience.


Required Semester 4 Courses

(** Does not include any necessary GE courses)

PTA 109 – Neurologic Management Theory

This course will cover physical therapy interventions for common neurologic conditions. Additionally, assessment, medical management, environmental barriers, adaptive equipment, psychosocial issues and effective interdisciplinary management will also be covered as it applies to the patient with a neurologic condition. Students will apply neuroanatomy and developmental concepts learned in PTA 108 Neurology and Development to the adult patient with a neurologic condition.

PTA 109L – Neurologic Management Lab

This course will cover the practical training for the assessment and treatment of common neurologic conditions by the physical therapist assistant. It is the laboratory component of PTA 109 Neurologic Management Theory and will apply principles of patient management taught in that course. It will incorporate treatment principles and progression from previous courses through the use of case studies.

PTA 110 – Advanced Procedures Theory

This course will cover physical therapy care for unique patient populations including patients with respiratory dysfunction, women’s health patients, oncology patients, amputees, patients with vestibular dysfunction, chronic pain patients and those with complex multi-system pathology. Topics include diagnoses, medical and physical therapy interventions, special considerations and equipment needs for these patient populations.

PTA 110L – Advanced Procedures Lab

This course will provide the practical training for physical therapy care for unique patient populations including patients with respiratory dysfunction, women’s health patients, oncology patients, amputees, patients with vestibular dysfunction, patients with chronic pain and those with complex multi-system pathology. This is the laboratory portion of PTA 110 Advanced Procedures Theory. The focus of this course will be the application of concepts and interventions to patient treatment scenarios.

PTA 111 – Professional Integration

This course will cover issues related to practice management and encourage problem solving skills to integrate all knowledge and skills learned throughout the PTA Program. The course will be discussion based and focus on learning through case studies. This course will also prepare students for licensure as a PTA and include a comprehensive exam covering all information taught in the PTA Program.

PTA 122 – Clinical Practicum 2

This course will provide students with the opportunity to observe and participate in patient care as directed by a clinical instructor. Students will be placed in a clinical setting for a full time (40 hrs/wk), eight-week clinical experience where they will apply knowledge and skills learned in semesters one through four of the PTA Program. Students will provide care as directed by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for uncomplicated and complicated patients with the degree of supervision and guidance based on the patient and the environment. Students are expected to provide patient care and fulfill the role of the physical therapist assistant at entry level by the end of this clinical experience. 


Required General Education Courses

General education coursework is required to complete graduation requirements for the Associates in Science degree and the PTA Program. All students should meet with a Mendocino College academic counselor to discuss their academic plan and ensure that all graduation requirements are met.

  • Language Requirement (GE Area 1A)

ENG 200 – College Composition

This course will fulfill the requirements of the first semester of freshman composition at the university level. All sections are both writing and reading intensive. Topics covered include thesis development and support, writing essays in various rhetorical modes, close reading, and completion of a thorough, properly cited research paper.

 

PTA Program Admissions Policy

Mendocino College (MC) will accept 24 students into the PTA program each year. Prospective student information materials are available on the college website or in person from the MC office of Admissions and Records and from PTA program faculty.

The PTA Program abides by all MC policies and procedures related to admissions, including but not limited to due process and non-discrimination.

Admissions criteria for the PTA Program are as follows:

  • Admission to Mendocino College
  • Completion of PTA Program Application. The application will be available online August 15.
  • Completion of the four pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • Submission of college transcripts verifying successful completion of pre-requisite coursework. Mendocino College transcripts must be requested through the Office of Admissions and Records with the following form: https://www.mendocino.edu/sites/default/files/docs/admissions/mendocino_college_request_for_official_transcript_rev_20180205.pdf

Please indicate the transcript should be delivered to the Mendocino College PTA Program Specialist Aura Weis at PTA@mendocino.edu. There is no fee associated with this request.

PTA Program Admission Procedures

1.    This year ONLY - Applications are accepted from Aug. 15, 2024 through May 15, 2025 with the next cohort beginning the PTA Program in August 2025. 

(*Note: Previously the program began in January each year, however the start date has been moved to August of each year.)

2.    Admission to the program will be based on the results of a random, computer-generated lottery system. All qualified applicants will be included in the lottery and 24 selected for admission. Maximum acceptance for each class is 24 students to prevent over enrollment.

3.    If the class of 24 is filled, a wait list of 5-10 students will be maintained.

4.    Emails will be sent to students admitted into the PTA Program by June 1st. Students will be required to notify the PTA Program by June 8th to confirm their intention to begin the program in August.

5.   Emails will also be sent to those on the wait list with their alternate number. Alternates will be required to respond to the PTA Program to confirm and maintain their position on the wait list.

*NOTE: If you are not accepted into the program, you may reapply the next year and receive TWO entries into the lottery.

Procedures that are and will be used to recruit students to the program are consistent with procedures used for general recruiting at MC. The college and program strive to recruit a diverse patient population through outreach to high schools in the district, informational booths at community events, program brochures, advertisement through the internet, local newspapers, and radio.

After Acceptance and Prior to Enrollment:

1. Health Clearance - Applicants must present evidence of physical fitness and ability to perform tasks required of a Physical Therapist Assistant. Before the first day of the spring semester in August, students must complete a physical exam and all immunizations requested, which may include an annual flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine. (Some clinical sites may accept vaccine waivers.)

Technical Standards/Essential Functions are provided as a link on the PTA web page (Click here to view the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Essential Functions). Students are expected to be able to perform all Technical Standards/Essential Functions throughout the program.

2. Criminal Background Check - Clinical placements are a mandatory component of the curriculum and will require clearance of a criminal background check. Students who do not clear agency requirements are not eligible for clinical placement and will, consequently, be ineligible to continue in the program. A clear background check must be completed prior to the first day of the fall semester in August.

3. Drug Screen - A drug screen is required prior to beginning the program, prior to the first clinical education experience and may be required prior to any clinical education experience depending upon the clinical site requirements. Based on the policies of clinical sites, students cannot participate in the program with cannabis in their system. This includes the use of medical marijuana regardless of having a medical marijuana card.

4. CPR for Healthcare Provider - You must present a valid CPR card for Healthcare Provider offered through the American Heart Association prior to the beginning of the second semester in the program. Card must be valid throughout the duration of the program.

5. Malpractice Insurance - PTA students are required to obtain malpractice insurance prior to the end of the second semester.

**Failure to present the required documents detailed above by the deadlines stated may result in reversal of acceptance or administrative dismissal from the program.

Transfer Policy

A student may transfer from a professional physical therapy program or another PTA Program provided that the student meets the following criteria: 

1.  The Mendocino College and PTA Program application and registration procedures are completed.

2.  All Mendocino College courses must be taken in their entirety even if students have successfully completed units of the course in another PT or PTA Program with the exception of courses taken in the Shasta College PTA Program. Courses completed while enrolled in the PTA Program at Shasta College will be transferable to the Mendocino College PTA Program following review by the Mendocino College PTA Program Director.

3.  A plan to introduce a student from a PT program to the PTA role will be developed by the PTA Program faculty and the student. This plan may include self-study, or an on-site visit with a PTA in the community. 

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The District is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, employment, and all access to institutional programs and activities.

The District, and each individual who represents the District, shall provide access to its services, classes, and programs without regard to national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, immigration status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The Superintendent/President shall establish administrative procedures that ensure all members of the college community can present complaints regarding alleged violations of this policy and have their complaints heard in accordance with the Title 5 regulations and those of other agencies that administer state and federal laws regarding nondiscrimination.

No District funds shall ever be used for membership, or for any participation involving financial payment or contribution on behalf of the District or any individual employed by or associated with it, to any private organization whose membership practices are discriminatory on the basis of national origin, immigration status, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or because of his/her association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

PTA Program Fees 2023*

In-state tuition fees are $46 per unit and out-of-state tuition fees are $341/unit. All costs listed below are estimates and subject to change. You may download the 2022-2023 Financial Fact Sheet here.

 In-State CostOut-of-State Cost
Tuition - Year 1 (includes pre-requisite and GE courses)$2,162$16,027
Tuition - Year 2 (includes GE courses)$1,610$11,935
Books and Supplies$50-$1,500$50-$1,500
Physical Exam and Immunizations$0-$250$0-$250
Drug Screen and Background Check$0$0-$100
CPR and First Aid Training$100$100
Malpractice Insurance$100$100
Mendocino College Fees$68$68
PTA Licensure Exam$650$650
PTA License Application$350$350
Total$5,090-$6,890$29,280-$31,080

*Most textbooks are available to borrow from the MC library.                                                                       

*Cost estimates do not include student living expenses or any costs associated with travel or housing during required clinical practicum courses.

Please contact the Mendocino College Financial Aid office for questions regarding financial aid resources at 707-467-3110 or financialaid@mendocino.edu.

The program is five semesters. There is a pre-requisite semester followed by four semesters of program coursework. GE requirements for graduation are included within the five semesters. 

Fall semester of each year, which begins in mid-August. 

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Yes, the pre-requisite courses can be in progress at the time of application. If accepted to the program, course completion with a grade of "C" or better will be verified. Please meet with an academic counselor to make sure you are taking the correct courses.

Graduates of the program will be awarded an Associate in Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.  However, earning the AS degree does not automatically entitle the graduate to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  The graduate must apply for permission to sit for the California State Board Examination and pass the exam in order to gain licensure in the state of California.

Perform patient interventions in the form of treatment for various disabilities and age ranges, under the direction of a physical therapist.  These interventions may include therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, physical agents (such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound) and mobility training. Physical therapy is intended to increase patient safety and independence, decrease pain, facilitate healing and promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent injury and disease.

A physical therapist is responsible for managing all aspects of the physical therapy care of each patient.  A physical therapist shall provide:  initial evaluation, periodic reevaluation, and discharge evaluation for each patient and associated documentation.  A physical therapist shall assure the qualifications of all physical therapist assistants and physical therapy aides under his or her direction and supervision.  A physical therapist shall provide all of the therapeutic intervention that requires the expertise of a physical therapist and shall determine the use of physical therapist assistants or physical therapy aides that provides for the delivery of service that is safe, effective, and efficient for each patient. Physical therapists education requires a bachelor's degree (4 years) followed by completion of a physical therapy program (usually 3 years), and the degree achieved is a doctoral degree. Physical therapists take a national licensure exam that qualifies them to work in any state in the US.

See question 6 for the role of a physical therapist assistant. Physical therapist assistant education is typically around two years, and the degree achieved is an associates degree. Physical therapist assistants take a national licensure exam that qualifies them to work in any state in the US.

A physical therapist may use a physical therapy aide for designated routine tasks in the clinic.  A physical therapy aide shall work under the on-site supervision of a physical therapist who is continuously on-site and present in the facility. Physical therapy aide positions typically require a high school diploma, and on-site job training is provided.

For further information regarding physical therapy practice, please consult the Physical Therapy Examining Committee Model Practice Act for Physical Therapy, 3rd edition.  This document can be found at the following web site:  https://www.fsbpt.org/.  The website for the Physical Therapy Examining Committee is https://www.ptbc.ca.gov/.

Students are selected through a random lottery process as required by the State of California.

A licensed Physical Therapist Assistant can work in a variety of settings under the direction of a Physical Therapist such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, pediatric treatment units and outpatient clinics.  Currently the job market is excellent. Please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information: https://www.bls.gov/oes/2016/may/oes312021.htm#ind

Please refer to the program sequence under the "Program" tab for a list of the GE courses required for graduation. While all GE coursework can be completed in conjunction with the program coursework as indicated in the program sequence, any and all of the GE coursework can also be completed before entering the program in order to lighten the academic load while in the program. A Mendocino College counselor can answer all questions related to GE coursework, including determining if courses from other institutions will transfer and meet graduation requirements for the PTA Program.

Yes! The Mendocino College academic counselors can help you determine the best path to entering the PTA Program and answer any question you may have related to prerequisite coursework, GE coursework and graduation requirements. All students should meet with a Mendocino College counselor in the preparation for applying to the PTA Program.

The PTA program has a no tolerance policy with regards to drug use. Based on the policies of clinical sites, students cannot participate in the program with cannabis in their system. This includes the use of medical marijuana regardless of having a medical marijuana card. Students are required to take a drug screen prior to entering the program and before the first clinical education experience. Students may also be required to take a drug screen prior to second and third clinical education experiences depending upon the facility.

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Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program | Physical Therapist Assistant
Sara Bogner has been a Physical Therapist in Ukiah and other Northern California areas for the past 19 years. She graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Exercise and Movement Science and the...
Sara Bogner has been a Physical Therapist in Ukiah and other Northern California...
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Sara Bogner
Director of Clinical Education | Physical Therapist Assistant
Joseph Munoz has been a practicing Physical Therapist for nearly 15 years now and has lived in the Ukiah area since 2004. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from CSU Bakersfield and his Do...
Joseph Munoz has been a practicing Physical Therapist for nearly 15 years now an...
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Joe Munoz
Faculty | Physical Therapist Assistant
Dustin is a native of the Ukiah area and has been a practicing PTA since 2005. He is a graduate of Western Institute of Science Health (A.S. PTA, 2005) and of PIMA Medical Institute (B.S. PTA, 2018). ...
Dustin is a native of the Ukiah area and has been a practicing PTA since 2005. H...
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Dustin Meier

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty | Physical Therapist Assistant
Andrea Ecsedy currently works with SavaSeniorCare Consulting, LLC as the National Director of Evidence-based Practice. Dr. Ecsedy has 34 years of clinical experience and has been a Board Certified Neu...
Andrea Ecsedy currently works with SavaSeniorCare Consulting, LLC as the Nationa...
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Andrea Ecsedy
| Physical Therapist Assistant
Emily Bruton is a local physical therapist in Ukiah Valley. After graduating from The Masters University with a BS in Kinesiology, she then earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from California State...
Emily Bruton is a local physical therapist in Ukiah Valley. After graduating fro...
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Emily
| Physical Therapist Assistant
Marcee Martinez has been practicing physical therapy for the past 24 years, primarily in Redding, California. She has experience in neurological rehabilitation and pediatrics (including hippo therapy)...
Marcee Martinez has been practicing physical therapy for the past 24 years, prim...
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Marcee
| Physical Therapist Assistant
Bob Merritt has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 43 years, 33 years of it here in Ukiah. He graduated from Loma Linda University with a BS in physical therapy, serving there as Staff Physical ...
Bob Merritt has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 43 years, 33 years of i...
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Bob Merritt
| Physical Therapist Assistant
Traci has been a practicing Physical Therapist Assistant for more than 25 years. She received her PTA degree from Western Institute of Science & Health in Sonoma County in 1999. In 2010 Traci ...
Traci has been a practicing Physical Therapist Assistant for more than 25 ye...
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Traci Baseley

Scholarships and Grants:

The grant is open to undergraduate students of all disciplinary backgrounds interested in collecting physiological data in their research. The awardee will be given tools, software, and funding ( a total value of $2000 USD) to help collect digital biomarkers such as heart rate and sleep.

https://www.labfront.com/grant


 


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