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. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 845-341-4290 or email maria.harjes@sunyorange.edu.

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
2016

First Time

 

Ultimate

19

 

19

 

12

 

16

84.2%
2017

First Time

 

Ultimate

17

 

17

10

 

15

88.2%
2018

First Time

 

Ultimate

16

 

16

11

 

11

68.8%

Employment Data

For the three year period indicated above the Employment Rate is 100%.

Latest News

Physical Therapy Receives Significant Payment Increase from NYS Workers' Compensation Board

On December 26th, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board adopted regulations which substantially increase payment for physical therapist services provided to injured workers effective April 1, 2019.   The last time the Board revised payment for physical therapist services was back in 1996.

2018: A Very Productive Year

After 20 years of temporary exceptions and other implementation delays, there is a secured permanent fix to the Medicare therapy cap. Other notable legislative and regulatory achievements include, enactment of comprehensive opioid legislation that increases awareness and access to nonpharmacological treatment options, enactment of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act to ensure physical therapists have liability insurance when working with teams across state lines, the elimination of functional limitation reporting, and the expansion of telehealth services in the Veterans Administration and Medicare Advantage. The Physical Therapy Interstate Licensure Compact continued to make progress, with the first licensure privilege being issued and compact legislation enacted in 21 states. (from APTA PTeam Alert Newsletter, December 2018 Edition)

Statement Regarding Inpatient Rehab Facilities and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid by CESIG, PTASIG, NCCE (November 27. 2018)

We have known for a long time that Medicare does not consider students to be qualified practitioners. Many of you will remember that we dealt with a similar Medicare regulation in clinical education several years ago with Medicare B. Essentially, the Medicare B regulations allow the student to be in the room and involved, but the therapist is directing all care, is not engaged in anything else, and is present for the whole session. The presence of the student in the room does not make the service unbillable, nor does documentation by a student. We do not know whether this current discussion (PT/PTA Students in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities: the minutes that any student treats a patient cannot be counted toward the minute requirement.  You cannot get around this by having a therapist co-sign treatments. These seem to be items that reviewers will likely begin to focus on.) will land in a similar place, but we should be reassured that CMS understands the importance of training health professionals and is working with the professional associations.

Until we have more information, we recommend that clinics and CIs use their best judgment on how to involve students in patient care based on the language in the regulations. Documentation by students should indicate that a licensed physical therapist or assistant was present during all patient care.
We have set up a Discussion Board on the ACAPT website. It is not password protected, so please share the link. The purpose of the discussion board is to identify questions and concerns and to share comments and potential strategies. Participation can be anonymous if the individual chooses, but we do encourage individuals to identify themselves and/or their role to provide context. We will monitor the discussion board and consult with experts as necessary to resolve questions.

 

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.

NPTE Examination Fee Increase as of January 1, 2019

The fee for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) will increase to $485 effective January 1, 2019.

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

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

Other Announcements/Legislative Issues

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


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

Concerns/Complaints

Any persons with a formal complaint regarding the physical therapist assistant program can locate the instructions to file a complaint with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education: http://www.capteonline.org/ Complaints/

Any persons with an issue or concern regarding the physical therapist assistant program should click on the following link: Complaint

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, Academic Year Goals and Activities, policies & procedures as well as downloadable forms

Photos/Photo Galleries

Photos/Photo Galleries

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.