Are you fascinated with the human body and how it moves? Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you a natural problem-solver with a talent for motivating people? Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) is happy to introduce a career that speaks perfectly to your passions – a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).
PTAs work under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist to help patients of all ages with movement difficulties due to injury or illness. They assist in implementing therapies designed to improve mobility, relieve pain, prevent or limit permanent physical disability and promote overall fitness and wellness. PTAs work within a wide-range of settings, including hospitals, out-patient facilities, private practices, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, and the number of available positions is only expected to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 40 percent increase in the number of PTA jobs available nationally (by 2024), as demand is predicted to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an aging population and individuals with chronic conditions.
RCGC's new PTA program uses a combination of in-classroom instruction and hands-on, clinical experience to prepare students to successfully pass the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants, which determines an individual's basic entry-level competence after graduation from an accredited* program. In NJ, this is a requirement to meet eligibility for licensure. While many traditional programs throughout the country require between 65 and 75 credits to graduate, RCGC's streamlined program enables students to graduate with 60 credits – saving both time and money.
Compensation for those working as a PTA is quite competitive – especially within New Jersey. "With a two-year Physical Therapist Assistant degree, you can start out making between $45,000 and $55,000 a year in New Jersey," explains Program Director Dr. LaVonne Couch. "And that is as a new graduate. As you increase in your experience, the salary can go as high as $70,000 a year. This program offers the opportunity to make a very good living, especially with a two-year degree."
The PTA program at RCGC is a selective-admissions program and students are required to attend a mandatory information session as part of the application process. This program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and is currently in the process of pursuing accreditation. To find out more about the program, visit RCGC.com/Nursing, email firstname.lastname@example.org or watch an interview with Dr. Couch on the May episode of RCGC Today at RCGC.edu/Today.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.