Physical Therapist Assistant
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and its impact on every aspect of our community including SWIC ,we have instituted alternative teaching techniques and methods. The changes we have made in the program policies are a direct recognition of these challenges.
While this is not ideal for our program, we as faculty recognize the seriousness of the outbreak and the need for special measures/policies to protect the safety of our students and faculty.
Applications for Fall 2021 are CLOSED. Applications for Fall 2022 are accepted Sept. 1, 2021 through Feb. 1, 2022.
Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program prior to enrolling in any PTA courses.
Requirements to apply:
– View the PTA Self-Assessment of Readiness to determine your readiness to complete the program.
Licensure Pass Rate
SWIC’s current two-year-average Ultimate Licensure Pass rate from 2018-2019 is 92.9 percent.
Physical Therapist Assistant Degree
SWIC Physical Therapist Assistant instructors are experts in the field. Under their guidance and instruction, you work toward an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The curriculum includes biological and social sciences, PTA technical courses and assigned clinical experiences.
Mission and Goals
View the PTA Mission and Goals.
The PTA program accepts 20 students each fall semester at the Belleville Campus.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program consists of general education courses, PTA pre-fix courses and assigned clinical experiences. Specific locations depend on the course type.
General Education Courses
The required general education courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City, Red Bud campuses or online.
Physical Therapist Assistant Courses
The PTA program courses are only offered at the Belleville Campus during the day.
Clinical Education Experiences
Students are assigned a four-week, full-day clinical experience in the summer and two six-week experiences during the final semester. Clinical experiences are completed at hospitals/clinical facilities within the district or in the St. Louis region. Students may be required to travel outside the college district for clinical experience courses. Background check and drug testing are required prior to clinical experiences.
Physical Therapist Assistant Degree program
For details, see the PTA Degree cost sheet.
Financial assistance is available!
Financial aid is available subject to financial need and satisfactory academic progress requirements set by the college.
The student work program does not require financial aid eligibility.
The SWIC Foundation offers more than 300 scholarships based on residency, enrollment and GPA criteria.
The Brenda Smith Memorial scholarship is specifically designed to benefit second-year PTA students.
APTA Financial Solution Center
APTA Financial Solution Center is a member benefit designed to help you:
- Build your financial knowledge
- Refinance your student loan
- Get guidance from a certified financial planner
View the Self-Assessment of Readiness to determine your readiness to complete the program.
PTA courses are offered only during the day. The program can be completed in five semesters, including one summer. It is highly recommended for those who are employed to complete general education courses required for degree completion prior to entrance into the program.
During Clinical Experience I, scheduled in the summer semester between the first and second year, students must be available 40 hours per week for the four weeks of clinical. The daily schedule will vary to mirror the schedule of the clinical instructor. Clinical Experience II is scheduled for the final spring semester of the two-year program. Students complete two six-week clinicals at 40 hours per week.
Transportation & Attendance
Students are responsible for their own transportation and attendance to all classes and clinicals assigned by the program. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.
Physical Therapist Assistant at Southwestern Illinois 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 618-235-2700 ext. 5390 or email email@example.com.
The program’s curriculum is guided by the standards required and helps to assure the public that our curriculum will graduate competent clinicians. It allows SWIC PTA graduates to take the licensure examination in any state that requires a license to practice as a physical therapist assistant.
Licensure and Employment Requirements
National Physical Therapy Examination
Upon successful completion of the PTA curriculum, graduates are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for the PTA.
CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.
PTAs are licensed, certified or registered in most states. Illinois and Missouri require licensure to work as a physical therapist assistant. To practice in the state of Illinois, graduates must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
View the PTA Handbook.
ANCHOR – Program Outcomes
View the Physical Therapist Assistant’s Program Statistics.
View the Physical Therapist Assistant’s Outcomes summary data.
View the Physical Therapist Assistant’s Assessment of Mission and Goal.
Maryville University and Southwestern Illinois College have developed an agreement to facilitate a seamless transfer for SWIC credentialed and licensed graduates of the PTA program who complete the program with a cumulative GPA = 2.5 or higher, the ability to continue their education and complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Management and Master of Health Administration.
View the Degree Planning Sheet.
For more information, please fill out the contact form.