MOHAVE COUNTY–Mohave Community College’s physical therapist assistant program has received a reaffirmation of its accreditation status. The status assures students that they are acquiring an education in accordance with high academic standards.
The program earned the reaffirmation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, according to CAPTE.
The reaffirmation process involves gathering documents and preparing reports to prove to the reviewing agency that the program meets the highest academic and professional standards.
“We applaud the PTA program’s faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to achieve this accomplishment,” said MCC President Dr. Michael Kearns. “The college takes its accreditations very seriously and we are proud of the successes that our programs have had in achieving such distinction.”
Elizabeth Briere, MCC’s physical therapist assistant program director, said the extensive self-study provided valuable insight into the program’s exceptional education.
“We’re proud of the rigorous academic expectations that we have for our students and knowing that those expectations are in alignment with professional standards,” Briere said. “We have a highly sought-out program that attracts students from throughout the western United States. This reaffirmation confirms that we’re providing excellent training for our graduates.”
PTA graduates can expect to provide care to patients suffering from illness, injury, disease, or trauma that results in limited mobility and generalized weakness. On average, physical therapist assistants earn $53,811 in Mohave County, according to 2013 Arizona Labor Statistics. The program is located on MCC’s Lake Havasu City campus at 1977 Acoma Blvd., West.
MCC’s is currently enrolling students for the fall semester, which begins on Aug. 24. Students who are interested in applying for the PTA program are encouraged to speak with a college advisor to determine which classes must be completed prior to program application.
For more information about the program, go to www.mohave.edu/pta. For more information about summer registration, call (866) 664-2832 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Students can also chat live with an MCC advisor at www.mohave.edu.
Pictured above: MCC’s physical therapist assistant program received a reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Current students Eleazar Pena (left) and Hortencia Ocampo practice PTA skills.