Thursday, December 20, 2012

SLCC Graduates top Physical Therapy Assistants

Salt Lake Community College held a completion ceremony for its Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the College’s Health Sciences Center Auditorium and Atrium.

The graduating class had 19 graduates, five of whom received perfect 4.0 grade point averages in coursework for their two-year degrees. “We get really great students in the program,” Diana Ploeger, SLCC Health Sciences Professor said. “The Physical Therapy program has exacting standards and rigorous prerequisite requirements. Our students enter with a strong knowledge base, and they leave well prepared. They’re professional, highly qualified, and interact well with patients and other professionals.”

Students receive an associate of applied science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant program. “Every graduating student looking for a job as a physical therapy professional gets one,” Ploeger said. “We have a good group of students who really helped each other academically. It was rewarding to see them developinto caring professionals, to learn to look beyond themselves, in the program.”

The College’s PTA program consists of 5 semesters of theory, laboratory and clinical courses. All of the program’s graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant exam that is offered by the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy. SLCC graduates have a high pass rate and score consistently highly on the exam, which is required to work in the profession by the State of Utah.