~ Press release issued by Lord Fairfax Community College
When LFCC’s new Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program begins at the Luray-Page County Center this fall it will do so as an accredited satellite site program of Germanna Community College (GCC).
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) approved LFCC as a satellite site this month.
“Being accredited allows us to guide our students all the way from admissions to licensure,” said Dr. Rekha Parameswaran, LFCC’s PTA site coordinator. “Our program is now officially open and will accept a cohort of 12 students every other year. This will help us give students the attention and focus they need to successfully complete the PTA program and become gainfully employed in the region.”
Physical therapist assistants work under the direction of a physical therapist. They interact directly with patients providing care and treatment. Physical therapists evaluate patients and write treatment plans which the PTAs help patients carry out. PTAs may work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, clinics and in homes.
LFCC is partnering with GCC — which is accredited by CAPTE — to offer this new degree. Lectures will be distance taught from Germanna while Dr. Parameswaran serves as a hands-on instructor in Luray. A doctor of physical therapy, she will be leading labs for students several times a week at Page Memorial Hospital.
Applications to the program are being accepted through May 31.
Learn more at lfcc.edu/PTA.