FAQ

Physical Therapy Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm really interested in the PTA program.  Are there any exceptions to the application guidelines, processes, or timelines?

No. Admission is based on application points. Applications submitted without completed prerequisites or the equivalents are incomplete and will not be considered. All application requirements must be completed on or before the application deadline. Applications are available on our Application Information page.  You may also contact the Health Professions advisors at PTAProgram@lanecc.edu.

What courses and activities do I need to complete my application?

All of the following courses need to be completed by the end of winter term for fall entry. At LCC, these are:

  • WR 121 or a bachelor's degree (submitted with transcript)
  • HO 150 or BI 231
  • GS 104 or PHY 201 or PHY 202
  • PSY 201 or PSY 202
  • HO 100
  • 25 hours PT or PTA observation in at least two clinical settings

It's been awhile since I have been in college. Do I need to retake any classes?

BI 231 or HO 150 must have been completed within the last seven years of your application. If you have worked in a related field within the last seven years and have prior course work equivalent to HO 150 or BI 231, you are invited to consult the program coordinator howardc@lanecc.edu to review your experience for equivalency. All other prerequisites or course equivalents do not need to be repeated to apply.

How many students will the program accept? What are my chances in getting admitted?

Up to 24 students are accepted and we currently accept students once a year. Admission is competitive and is based on a point system. Approximately 60 to 100 students apply each year. Points are awarded based on:

  • Grades in program prerequisites (except GS 104)
  • Level of Math completion (Math 65 or higher)
  • Program readiness as determined by a panel during a group interview

I'm concerned about the criminal background check and drug screens. How might these outcomes effect my program eligibility?

All students must complete a criminal background check and drug screen in order to begin placements in clinical settings.  A clinical facility may exclude you if something in your background or drug screen is flagged.  If the program is unable to place you in a clinical setting due to something in your criminal background or drug screens, you may not be able to complete the program.  If you have any history of criminal activity or concerns about drug screen outcomes, you are encouraged to contact program advising, PTAProgram@lanecc.edu, or Beth Thorpe, ACCE, thorpeb@lanecc.edu

Do I have to be an Oregon resident to be accepted in the PTA program?

Yes.

I've taken classes outside of Lane that seem similar to the prerequisites.  Will the program accept my previous coursework?

All courses must be transferable for credit toward an AAS degree at LCC. Students with military experience are encouraged to consult with Enrollment Services for course equivalencies. Students should use the Lane transfer tool to determine if previous coursework will be accepted as the equivalent at LCC.  The transfer tool is also referenced on the program application.

I think I'm ready to apply.  Can someone help me review my transcripts to see if I have everything I need?

Yes. Program advisors can help. Email PTAProgram@lanecc.edu for guidance and a schedule of drop-in hours.

How do I get observation experience?

Local hospitals and clinics provide opportunities for volunteer and observation hours in the physical therapy and rehabilitation departments. It is up to you to identify opportunities to get related observation experience. 25 observation hours in two clinical settings is required to apply to the program.

How do I report my observation hours?

Guidelines for reporting hours are in the program application.

Is the program accredited?

Yes! The program has initial accreditation status with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Program graduates are eligible to take the National Licensing Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants.