SLCC Graduates Top Physical Therapy Assistants

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Salt Lake Community College held a completion ceremony for its Physical Therapist Assistant Program. The graduating class had 19 graduates, five of whom received perfect 4.0 grade point averages in coursework for their two-year degrees.

SLCC Health Sciences

SLCC Health Sciences

We have a good group of students who really helped each other academically. It was rewarding to see them develop into caring professionals, to learn to look beyond themselves, in the program.

Salt Lake Community College held a completion ceremony for its Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the College’s Health Sciences Center Auditorium and Atrium.

The graduating class had 19 graduates, five of whom received perfect 4.0 grade point averages in coursework for their two-year degrees. “We get really great students in the program,” Diana Ploeger, SLCC Health Sciences Professor said. “The Physical Therapy program has exacting standards and rigorous prerequisite requirements. Our students enter with a strong knowledge base, and they leave well prepared. They’re professional, highly qualified, and interact well with patients and other professionals.”

Students receive an associate of applied science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant program. “Every graduating student looking for a job as a physical therapy professional gets one,” Ploeger said. “We have a good group of students who really helped each other academically. It was rewarding to see them develop into caring professionals, to learn to look beyond themselves, in the program.”

The College’s PTA program consists of 5 semesters of theory, laboratory and clinical courses. All of the program’s graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant exam that is offered by the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy. SLCC graduates have a high pass rate and score consistently highly on the exam, which is required to work in the profession by the State of Utah.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

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