February 28, 2017
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE – In two years, students wanting to become assistants to physical therapists may no longer have to leave the area to receive training in the field.
Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) plans to launch an associate of applied science: physical therapist assistant degree program in the spring of 2019. It will take until then to establish the program and start the process of having it accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), according to a report presented to the college’s board on Monday.
The board approved the program in a unanimous vote.
CAPTE is the only accrediting body for physical therapy and physical therapist assistant education programs, which must be accredited in order for graduates to take required licensing exams, said Kris Westover, PHCC’s vice president of academic and student development services.
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