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Penn College physical therapist assistant degree accredited

WILLIAMSPORT – Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Accreditation is a process used in the United States to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis.

CAPTE is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education. CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

The college’s first physical therapist assistant students graduated in August. The two-year degree program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree; students wishing to continue their studies to the bachelor’s level may continue in the college’s applied health studies major.

Hands-on learning – a hallmark of a Penn College education – takes place in a well-equipped, on-campus laboratory where students practice skills and interventions. In addition, students attend clinical education experiences at regional facilities that offer physical therapy services.

Accreditation by CAPTE is a statement that a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant education program meets the standards for quality set by the profession.

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To learn more about Penn College’s physical therapist assistant program, call 570-327-4519 or visit www.pct.edu/pta.

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