MCCC Creates New Program for Students Interested in Third Fastest-Growing Occupation in America

Physical Therapy
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Starting in the summer of 2017, Montgomery County Community College will introduce a new Physical Therapist Assistant program geared toward preparing graduates for employment as entry-level physical therapist assistants.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapist assistant is third on the list of the 20 fastest-growing occupations nationwide, with the numbers of positions expected to grow 41 percent by 2024.

This need is mirrored in Montgomery County and the surrounding four-county region, where the position is listed as a High Priority Occupation.

The 70-credit Associate in Applied Science program will integrate classroom and laboratory instruction together with full-time practical clinical experience. This will prepare graduates to take the Physical Therapist Assistant National Physical Therapy Examination required for state certification and licensure.

Robert Cullen, Physical Therapist Assistant program director, said that the program will be composed of two distinctive phases. First is the Pre-Technical Phase, where students complete their general education and foundational requirements at their own pace. Those students who successfully complete this can apply for the second, more specialized full-time Technical/Clinical Phase.

The new program will be offered in the new Health Sciences Center at MCCC’s Central Campus in Blue Bell. The new integrated and active learning environment is expected in January 2017, when 91,000 square feet will be added to the existing 69,000 square-foot Physical Education Center.

Read more about the new program at MCCC’s website by clicking here.