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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapy Students

BCC logoPTA Pinning Ceremony
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

You're invited to join us in celebrating the 2021 Physical Therapist Assistant class by watching their pinning ceremony online!

How to join:

  • The ceremony will be broadcast on Spectrum Cable Channel 1302 in Pittsfield, Dalton and Richmond, MA.
  • You can also view the ceremony on the PCTV app (available at www.pittsfieldtv.org, or by download on Roku or AppleTV devices).
  • Finally, PCTV will host a livestream of the pinning ceremony on the PCTV Facebook page.

After the ceremony, an archive link will also be available to stream on the PCTV website.

We look forward to celebrating our outstanding graduates with you!

OVERVIEW

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) provides a unique form of medical treatment, where science and art become one, and patients are given individualized care. PTA is deeply rooted in scientific knowledge and theory. But, it is the personal interactions with patients, family members, and other health care providers that require creativity and flexibility on the therapist's part. PTAs work in diverse settings which include hospitals, private PT practices, community health agencies, schools, pediatric facilities, nursing homes, industrial or corporate health facilities and rehabilitation centers. It is the diversity that makes the field of physical therapy interesting and enticing for many students.

When I started the PTA program at BCC I had no idea how largely it would impact my life. The challenge it gave me made learning exciting, while also building my confidence as a student and future clinician. Leaving BCC left me with lifelong connections and better prepared me for my future educational opportunities than I believe any other program would have. I am so privileged to have been a part of such a life changing experience and recommend anyone thinking of their future career in the health field to take a serious look at BCC."

Brittany DelGrande, PTA, DBT
BCC PTA Class of 2015
Sage College PT Class of 2017


Physical Therapist Assistant

 

Program graduates are eligible to take the national examination to be licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

The College enrolls up to 20 students each Fall who have applied to the PTA program through the PTA Matriculation Form. Non-designated PTA courses can be taken while waiting to enter the Program. Please review the PTA Matriculation Form in the College Catalog for more information about admission into the program.

Essential functions are skills needed to work as a PTA. All students in the PTA program are expected to be able to perform these skills with our without accommodations.

More information about the PTA program, including course requirements and recommended schedules, is available in the College Catalog.

PTA College Catalog Page

JOB GROWTH & WAGES

The median annual wage for physical therapist assistants was $58,520 in May 2019. Overall employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.

Potential Job Titles
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Rehabilitation Manager

 

TRANSFER SCHOOLS
  • MA College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) - BS in Health Science (Pre-PT Concentration) 
  • Russel Sage College - Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • American International College - Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Two Year Outcome Rates for 2019-2021
(2019–2021 represents class of 2019 and 2021)

    • Graduation Rate: 74.2%
    • First Time Licensure Examination Pass Rate: 89.5%
    • Ultimate licensure examination pass rate: 100%
    • Employment rate: 100%
Graduation and Licensure pass rates:

Graduating Class

Graduation Rate

1st Time Licensure Pass Rate

Ultimate Licensure Pass Rate

Class of 2019

73.7%

84.6%

100%

Class of 2021

75%

100%

100%

LOCAL AND REGIONAL EMPLOYERS
  • PTAs can find employment at a number of local and regional partners
    • Albany Medical
    • Barnwell Nursing & Rehab Center 
    • Baystate Franklin Rehab Services
    • Baystate Medical Center
    • Bennington Health & Rehab Care
    • Bennington Physical Therapy
    • Berkshire Meadows
    • Berkshire Medical Center
    • Berkshire PT & Wellness
    • Center for Disability Services
    • Columbia Memorial Hospital
    • Columbia Physical Therapy
    • Community Health Programs
    • Crescent Manor Care Center
    • Dempsey Physical Therapy
    • Fairview Hospital
    • Gateway PT
    • Gentiva Home Care
    • Glens Falls Hospital
    • Greylock PT
    • Health South
    • Hillcrest Commons
    • Metzger & Mole
    • New England Wellness Works Noble Hospital
    • Novacare Rehabilitation
    • Pediatric Developmental Center
    • Porchlite
    • Public Schools
    • Springside Rehabilitation and Nursing
    • Sweetbrook Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation
    • Timberland Heights Skilled Nursing
    • Tri PT
    • United Cerebral Palsy of the Berkshires
    • VNA of the Berkshires
     

Students must complete two additional Health Fitness credits to graduate. The number of semester credits can be adjusted based on student needs. 

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Berkshire Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (413)236-4525 or email mdarroch@berkshirecc.edu .

Program Advisor:
Michele Darroch
PT, MEd, DPT

If needing to contact the program/institution directly:

Email: mdarroch@berkshirecc.edu
Phone: 413-236-4525