Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Statement

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Orange County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org

Graduation Data

Class # of students entering the program # of students graduating in 2 years # of students requiring 3 years to graduate
2018
28
13
3
2017
24
17
1
2016
25
19
0
2015
28
21
0

 

The Federation for State Boards of Physical Therapy National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs:

Graduation Year Group Number of Exams Number of Passing Candidates Percentage Passing Rate for the Graduating Year
2015

First Time

 

Ultimate

21

 

21

 

16

 

19

90.5%
2016

First Time

 

Ultimate

19

 

19

12

 

16

84.2%
2017

First Time

 

Ultimate

17

 

17

10

 

14

82.4%

 

Latest News

NYS Worker's Compensation Board Announces Payment Adjustments

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the NYS Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) issued a statement indicating that they plan to revise the current WC Medical Fee Schedule. The announcement states that all providers will receive a positive payment adjustment. The new proposal is scheduled to be made public in June, 2018 and will be open to a 60-day public comment period. The WCB's announcement states that they are planning for the new fee schedules to come into effect October 1, 2018. Also mentioned in the announcement are potential changes to simplify claims submissions and to recognize additional providers (including physical therapists) as authorized providers within the NYS Workers' Compensation System.

A Permanent Fix to the Therapy Cap: Improved Access for Medicare Patients Comes With Pending APTA-Opposed Cut to PTA Payment

Congress enacted a permanent solution to the problematic hard cap on outpatient physical therapy services under Medicare Part B, ending a 20-year cycle of patient uncertainty and wasteful short-term fixes. That's the good news. The bad news is that Congress chose to offset the cost of the permanent fix (estimated at $6.47 billion) with a last-minute addition of a payment differential for services provided by physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) compared with payment for the same services provided by physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs), respectively. The payment differential, which was strongly opposed by APTA and other stakeholders, states that PTAs and OTAs will be paid at 85% of the Medicare physician fee schedule beginning in 2022. For further information please see the following link: http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2018/02/09/TherapyCapRepeal/

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Workers' Compensation PTA Legislation Again!

On November 30, 2017 Governor Cuomo vetoed the Workers' Compensation PTA legislation (S2718 –A Griffo) that would have allowed treatment of injured workers by physical therapist assistants.

President Signs Law Allowing PTAs in Tricare

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are on their way to officially joining the TRICARE payment program used throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) health care system. President Donald Trump's signed the National Defense Authorization Act enacting a change long advocated by APTA.

NPTE Examination Fee Increase Deferred Until January 1, 2019

NPTE examination fee increase will be deferred until January 1, 2019. On September 20, 2017 the Board of Directors for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy passed a motion to defer the effective date of the planned and previously approved NPTE fee increase from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019. This means that the NPTE fee will remain at $400 at least until January 1, 2019.

Fixed Date(s) Testing by National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE):

  • Year of 2018: October 3
  • Year of 2019: January 9, April 4, July 9, and October 3

Other Announcements/Legislative Issues

Bills still being decided upon in the NY State Legislature: The High Co Pay Bill A.1063A and S.28A and the Title Protection Bill A.06092 and S.04969A.


Students

Information for Students

Admission Requirements, Course Sequences, Student Handbooks, Student News, Detailed Student Information, Academic/Clinical Components

Prospective Student Information Packet

Document of program outcomes (offered in 2 versions):

PTA Program Information

PTA Program Information

Philosophy, Mission and Goals, Program Goals, and Objectives, Role of the PTA, Our Comprehensive Curriculum, Certification/Licensure, The Field of Physical Therapy, Essential Functions of the Physical Therapist, Accreditation, PTA Links, Scholarship Gift Opportunities

Academic Faculty Information

Academic Faculty Information

Faculty Contact Information, Faculty Biographies

Graduates

Resources for Graduates

Links, PTA Certification Process, Limited Permit Rules and Legislative Issues

 

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

Information for Center Coordinators of Clinical Education & Clinical Instructors

Information for CCCEs & CIs

Announcements including continuing education credit for being a Clinical Instructor, document due dates, rights & privileges, 2016-2017 Goals and Activities, policies & procedures as well as downloadable forms

Photos/Photo Galleries

Photos/Photo Galleries

Gallery from the 25th Anniversary, Additional Photos

 

Upcoming Workshops/Seminars

Upcoming Workshops/Seminars

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PTA Legislative Issues

PTA Legislative Issues

Office of the Professions

Office of the Professions

Recent information from New York State Education Department pertaining to physical therapy. See ramifications of cheating on the National Physical Therapy Licensing Exam.