The Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Mixing laboratory work with technical courses and clinical experiences, the Physical Therapist Assistant program at UE prepares students for a successful career working directly with patients in the field.
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
The University of Evansville's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is designed for those individuals who want to be involved with direct patient care in the physical therapy profession.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year program, which leads to an associate's degree. The two-year curriculum is composed of basic studies courses and professional technical courses with laboratory components and clinical educational experiences in varied health care settings. Completion of the program on a part-time basis is an option. Admission to the program is limited to 16 students.
PTA students are encouraged to combine the major with a bachelor's degree. Students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science or Athletic Training as well as the PTA degree are advised to postpone starting PTA coursework until their junior year.
Program Chair: Frank Underwood, PT, PhD, ECS
Director of the PTA Program: Mary Kessler, PT, MHS
Director of Clinical Education: Janet Szczepanski, PT, MHS, GCS
Operations Administrator/Director of Admission and Advising: Sherri Chambliss
Institutional Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Date of Initial Accreditation of Physical Therapy Program: May 1976
Current Accreditation Status: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Evansville is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Degree Conferred: Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistance
Faculty: There are ten full-time, as well as a number of adjunct faculty within the Physical Therapy Department.