Bossier Parish Community College
|D2, F1, PU|
|Last updated by program||09/07/12|
|Address||Physical Therapist Assistant Program|
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111-6922
|Program Director||Laura Bryant, PT, MEd |
|Accreditor||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges|
|Carnegie Classification||Associate's--Public Rural-serving Medium|
|Physical Therapist Assistant Program Accreditation|
|Date of initial accreditation||05/98|
|Current accrediation status||Accreditation|
|Next visit||Fall 2012|
|Degree conferred||Associate of Applied Science|
|General Program Description|
|The PTA Program utilizes a "1+1" curriculum design. Students declaring PTA as a major must successfully complete 31 credit hours of qualification to apply for the clinical Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Completion of qualification does not guarantee admission to the PTA clinical program. The PTA curriculum consists of 27 credit hours of classroom and laboratory activities directly related to physical therapy and 14 credit hours of clinical experiences at traditional physical therapy practice environments over a period of 13 months.|
The PTA Program at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) currently has 70 clinical sites for student internships. The majority of these clinical sites are located in the northern half of Louisiana. However, clinical sites are also currently being developed in other parts of the country. PTA students are assigned four different clinical rotations: one in the fall; one in the spring; and two during the final semester for a total of 18 weeks of full-time experiences at different settings to ensure experience with a variety of patient populations.
Bossier Parish Community College employs two-full time facultyand multiple clinical adjunct faculty for the PTA Program.
The college has a total enrollment of 7, 077 students. The physical therapist assistant program admits up to 20 students each July to the clinical phase of the Program.
Admission to the PTA clinical program is competitive and selective. Applications to the clinical program are accepted each April. The Program Admissions Committee interviews the highest scoring 50 applicants that meet the application requirements each summer. Minimum criteria to be considered for an interview include successful completion of qualification coursework, 40 observation hours, and receipt of completed application packet before the published deadline. After interviews, the top 20 candidates are selected for admission. For more details, applicants may refer to the program information within the college catalog or on the BPCC website
Bossier Parish Community college graduates 98% of all admitted PTA students, based upon a three year average. The three-year average ultimate pss rate on the Licensure Examination is currently 98%.
|Tuition, fees and financial aid|
Annual tuition for a full-time student for the 2010-2011 academic year is $2,652 for 12 or more hours for resident students and $5,460 for non-resident students. There is an additional clinical fee of $500 per semester applicable to only those 20 students who are selected into the PTA clinical program. This clinical fee is assessed for three of the clinical semesters only, in addition to tuition and other fees. Further details regarding specific tuition rates and fees can be located on the website or referenced in the registration guide published each semester. Financial aid is available to students on a need and merit basis. The college participates in financial aid programs such as Federal Student Loans, federal/state grants, work-study, Vocational Rehabilitation, scholarships, and Veteran Benefits. Specific criteria for financial aid assistance are available on the college website or from the Office of Financial Aid.
BPCC is a 2-year commuter college located in east Bossier City, Louisiana. Many lakes, parks and other recreational and entertainment facilities may be found in the Shreveport-Bossier area including the Century-Link Center sports arena, several Casinos, a planetarium, state exhibit building, art museums, symphony, theater groups and concerts. Student life activities are available through Student Life, including intramural; interscholastic athletics; seminars; social, community service, and cultural activities. BPCC has an active student government and organizations. "Hands on Wellness,” the PTA student organization, provides an opportunity to participate in volunteer and community service projects related to physical therapy.
Attention Program Directors: Corrections to program data should be entered on the CAPTE Accreditation Portal. Any questions should be directed to the Accreditation Department at Accreditation@apta.org or 1-800-999-2782 x3245.