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PTAwannabe in Whittier, California

61 months ago

I'm in a program here in honolulu. It used to be 3 semesters one you finish the year of prereqs but now
It is 2 semesters of 17 hrs each plus the summer of clinicals which I forget the credit hrs. It is very intense and you need 75% to pass on everything. The competency exams can be tough and so is the material. I'm currently taking 8 classes this semester and my days are running together. So much reading and projects that I fid it difficult to go in and practice the procedures we learned the day before (traction, modalities, ther-x, massage, mobility, etc...) I have a kid and a wife which makes this difficult but at least it's a year but I'm lucky I don't have to work for the next two semesters. Just know what your getting in to. It will be lots of work. Best of luck.

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John Marston in Brewster, New York

60 months ago

It's hard. Hard as poop that's been festering in a dehydrated colon for a month. I just got my bachelor's in kinesiology at a school in upstate NY and that was a joke compared to this. This is easily twice as hard. My situation is slightly more unique though, I have a commute to and from school which is an hour and fifteen minutes one way which wastes an incredible amount of time and in addition to the core PTA classes, I'm taking Anatomy 1 again because they wouldnt accept the one's i took at my 4yr school. I thought it would be easy and that because i just did undergrad it'd be cake. I'm in my first semester and darn, I was so wrong. I have absolutely no life and am never, ever ahead of my work. Just barely staying on top of it. So annoying get to see my gf on the weekend after studying of course for 4-6hrs and repeat the process over. Most depressed I've ever been because of the monotony.

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DaveMan in Groton, Massachusetts

60 months ago

I'm probably planning on doing the bridge program after graduating as a PTA since I already have a bachelors complete so it's just every other weekend classes to get the DPT done. Do you think after getting the PTA degree and working as a PTA for at least a year I will know most of the stuff they teach in the DPT program? Or is the DPT program much harder?

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PTA in Weston, Florida

60 months ago

Which bridge program has every other weekend classes to get the DPT? You're in Massachusetts, how are you planning on attending this bridge program? The only bridge program that I know of is outside of Mass. Right?

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DaveMan in Groton, Massachusetts

60 months ago

Yes you are right. I think there is only one bridge program in the US now as far as I know. It is University of Findlay which is in Ohio. If I get accepted I will either move there or fly in 2 weekends a month. I talked to school and they said many people fly in from all across the US. You are required to work as a PTA for at least on year and also to work as a PTA throughout the whole program. So it may end up being costly, but at least I can work a lot.

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Reed L in Mesa, Arizona

58 months ago

luma398 in Graniteville, South Carolina said: What's the difficulty level of most of the physical therapy assistant classes...I start the Fall of 2012...

Associate degree? My foot! I am near the end of second semester of a PTA program and this is more challenging than any university course I've ever taken. The courses are time consuming and intense. If you learn fast and dedicate the time needed to study you will pass (77% is passing)no problem. Having said that, be aware that testing for the modality courses (physical agents, ther-ex, etc.) is very tough! I wish I would have known the manner of testing skill competencies before I started the program. It is pass/fail roleplay scenarios with a mock patient, and an instructor observing. They give you a second chance but if you fail twice you are out of the program! Some students have. Long lists of contraindications, precautions, and parameters must be commited to memory. It really becomes difficult about the tenth skill comp when all previous test material is fair game and details start mixing in your mind. We all know the smartest therapists, doctors, and even instructors can't recite all those details at will. Thats why they act responsibly and use notes and computer programs during treatment or lecture. I've endured situations more stressful than this but none that caused such lingering dread, even during sleep. It feels like Russian roulette with my life- like no matter how well prepared I try to be I still may fail. Skill competency testing is really making school a less than positive experience. Our instructors are good and try their best to help us. Now you know what you are up against if your program is similar to mine. Best wishes.

P.S. I'd like to know from any other SPTA's or PTA's if their experience was similar and how they managed to get through it all. Thanks.

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Ann in Rockville, Maryland

58 months ago

I am about to retake a practical, my second chance, and I feel exactly as you do. I am just practicing until my arms fall off, and studying for finals while I am at the treadmill. Good luck.

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PTAgirl in Shingle Springs, California

58 months ago

I am an SPTA in the second year and have made it through 5 practicals so far. Yes, all similar to yours with pass / fail, but you get 3 tries. I think 2 the second year.

I have spent about 2 or so weeks practicing. I would write it all out with my partner, then we would begin to practice.....every day. It's very tiring but you have to do it. I figure when you reach the point where you can't practice anymore, you're ready. But I still get nervous every time. It's great to practice with other people, but especially with your partner to feel as comfortable as possible during the exam.

Ann, I also study at the gym. I like the elliptical. Good luck on finals and your practical. you can do it!!

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Mohawk G in Redondo Beach, California

58 months ago

yes it's hard, yes you will have no social life for the duration of the program, yes it's worth it. In my class of 32 we had 2-4 people get "held back" due to getting a D or F in a class, which ultimately added a year to their program.

It all depends on your experience/knowledge prior to starting the program, I had 2+ years of outpatient aide experience and a BS in kinesiology, I felt most of the course material came pretty easy for me and I didn't need to study a ridiculous amount. I was able to work full-time the 1st semester, and part-time thereafter once our clinical rotations started (though not while on rotation, but keep in mind at my school (Cerritos College) we had to attend night classes even when on rotation- DPT's don't even have to do that)
On the flip-side I had classmates who didn't work AT ALL, were being supported by spouses/families, they would study a ton and still not get an A.

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JoesLove in Jacksonville, North Carolina

56 months ago

I'm originally from south florida, since hubby joined Marines I am in NC. We plan to move back to broward as he wants to be a doctor and I finally decided on PTA. I can already tell the PTA program will be challenging, which I had figured. But through high school and some online classes I took I always did well on tests and always had honors classes and maintained A/B grades, pretty much throughout all of my years of schooling. So I guess what I'm getting at is if Im dedicated I at least have a decent chance of passing, right? Haha. Any advice or info would be great. I was considering Broward College, now I am thinking of Keiser University, and doing my pre reqs here in NC. The positive thing is I won't have to work much as hubby will be using GI bill and getting paid a good amount per month to attend school, so I can focus more on studying.

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laboror of the word in Franklin Square, New York

56 months ago

RR in Newington, Connecticut said: I want to know exactly how challenging is PTA school? I work full time on third shift so my days are open to attend classes, but are the classes so difficult that I will have to quit my job. Also, how selective are these PTA programs. I have a B.S. in Psych and I'm 25, what are the usual demographics of applicants to these programs.

the classes are really demanding some courses may be easy to you if you are hands on type person but the degree of knowledge you must learn and the anatomy of the body is very stressful and sometimes be overwhelming. i would say that you might have to quit your job if you do not have time to study and you are gonna need as much sleep as possible

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PTA in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

54 months ago

DaveMan in Groton, Massachusetts said: Yes you are right. I think there is only one bridge program in the US now as far as I know. It is University of Findlay which is in Ohio. If I get accepted I will either move there or fly in 2 weekends a month. I talked to school and they said many people fly in from all across the US. You are required to work as a PTA for at least on year and also to work as a PTA throughout the whole program. So it may end up being costly, but at least I can work a lot.

There are three, Findlay in Ohio, Neuman in Phili and Loma Linda in California

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PTA in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

54 months ago

Aphex in Falls Church, Virginia said: Sorry to hear that. This is actually very common in PTA programs. For instance, almost 50% of my classmates who started the program with me in Fall 2009 are already out of the program. That sucks big time! I don't know why they make it so hard for people to graduate, sometimes in purpose. I think PTA programs graduation rates are much less that those of DPT programs.

I hope you will have better luck next year,
Ashraf

You need to have the knowledge base and critical thinking ability to treat very sick people! If you can't pass the class, you certainly will not be able to pass the license exam ....75% to pass @ $450 each attempt.

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SPTA no more in Galena, Missouri

53 months ago

It is every bit as hard or harder than above posts have stated. Think of it as a right of passage. SPTA no more..class of 2012

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Lynn in Mishawaka, Indiana

53 months ago

Kat 1962 in Fort Myers, Florida said: PTA school is challenging but I graduated with students who worked full time throughout the program. Yes, they struggled but they got through it. Remember, "C's get Degrees". The true measure is how you perform as a therapist once you are out in the field. Just because you get "straight A's" in the classroom does not dictate your ability to perform as a therapist in the field. Stay on top things, don't wait to the last minute or you will be overwhelmed. What I can tell you is everyday I am grateful that I chose this profession. Go for it, you won't regret it.

I have heard that you can not fall below 78% on your total grade once in the program. so I do not see how a c would fly

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Valleyval in Phoenix, Arizona

52 months ago

Lynn in Mishawaka, Indiana said: I have heard that you can not fall below 78% on your total grade once in the program. so I do not see how a c would fly

Of course that depends on the school you're attending

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Anonymous in Houston, Texas

46 months ago

Sandra in Houston, Texas said: I wanted to get into the PTA program here in Houston. Does anybody know how the program is at HCC.

Off the charts hard. Run don't walk away from this program. I have a B.S. degree from a very good university and it was a cake walk in comparison. Professors on a major power trip. I think getting my masters degree would have been easier. Unless you enjoy torture, find another program. PTA career is good however.

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PTA student in Chesterfield, Missouri

43 months ago

Obvious answer is... it depends on the program and how long the program is. If it's a 2 year program, it will be moderate in my opinion if you have no experience in PT. If it's like my program and it's 1 year, then it's going to be difficult and very fast paced, but for me it's not hard at all. Main reason it's not hard at all is because I'm an LMT certified in kinesio taping and worked as Rehab Tech in a hospital setting for a year prior to starting the program. So to me it's a bunch of busy work and getting "proof" of what I already know. So I will be completing an entire PTA program in 1 year while working full time as a massage therapist (30 hours a week for LMT's). Right now I'm 6 weeks into the program and I love it, but I can't wait until I'm a PTA so I can work a 40 hour work week and have a life.

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kay100 in ny, New York

42 months ago

PTAwannabe in Whittier, California said: I'm in a program here in honolulu. It used to be 3 semesters one you finish the year of prereqs but now
It is 2 semesters of 17 hrs each plus the summer of clinicals which I forget the credit hrs. It is very intense and you need 75% to pass on everything. The competency exams can be tough and so is the material. I'm currently taking 8 classes this semester and my days are running together. So much reading and projects that I fid it difficult to go in and practice the procedures we learned the day before (traction, modalities, ther-x, massage, mobility, etc...) I have a kid and a wife which makes this difficult but at least it's a year but I'm lucky I don't have to work for the next two semesters. Just know what your getting in to. It will be lots of work. Best of luck.

Hope you got thru the program!

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kay100 in ny, New York

42 months ago

John Marston in Brewster, New York said: It's hard. Hard as poop that's been festering in a dehydrated colon for a month. I just got my bachelor's in kinesiology at a school in upstate NY and that was a joke compared to this. This is easily twice as hard. My situation is slightly more unique though, I have a commute to and from school which is an hour and fifteen minutes one way which wastes an incredible amount of time and in addition to the core PTA classes, I'm taking Anatomy 1 again because they wouldnt accept the one's i took at my 4yr school. I thought it would be easy and that because i just did undergrad it'd be cake. I'm in my first semester and darn, I was so wrong. I have absolutely no life and am never, ever ahead of my work. Just barely staying on top of it. So annoying get to see my gf on the weekend after studying of course for 4-6hrs and repeat the process over. Most depressed I've ever been because of the monotony.

John I wonder if that was an exaggeration. Anyhow I hope you made it. Travel does take a lot of time out of your day.

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

41 months ago

Kat 1962 in Fort Myers, Florida said: PTA school is challenging but I graduated with students who worked full time throughout the program. Yes, they struggled but they got through it. Remember, "C's get Degrees". The true measure is how you perform as a therapist once you are out in the field. Just because you get "straight A's" in the classroom does not dictate your ability to perform as a therapist in the field. Stay on top things, don't wait to the last minute or you will be overwhelmed. What I can tell you is everyday I am grateful that I chose this profession. Go for it, you won't regret it.

Very inspiring words. I hope I get accepted Fall 2013.

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Cindy in Florida

41 months ago

SouthFlaKeiserPTA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: i go to keiser right now. finishing my last pre req and then there will be a waiting period till i get in the program. ive been told, they only accept 25 people every 3 months. keiser has a long waiting list and is a lot more expensive than BC but keisers program is only 1 year long as apposed to 1.5 or 2 years at BC or Miami Dade, which means keisers PTA program is a lot harder and more accelerated.

Florida Gateway in Lake City is a 13 month program now... BUT they only accept 25 students a year... BUT is less costly that Kieser...

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cyclist in Asheville, North Carolina

41 months ago

I am an SPTA in NC, I will be finished in less than a year.PTA school is mega difficult, makes most other 4 year degrees seem easy. I have never studied this hard in my life.The tests and practicals are brutal, and there is a ton of writing involved.You basically give up your life for 15 months,suck it up and live your life with your nose in a book or practicing for practicums.You have to be prepared to make school the center of your life, and trying to work is not an option(if you want to suffer, you can try to work).

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kay100 in ny, New York

41 months ago

cyclist in Asheville, North Carolina said: I am an SPTA in NC, I will be finished in less than a year.PTA school is mega difficult, makes most other 4 year degrees seem easy. I have never studied this hard in my life.The tests and practicals are brutal, and there is a ton of writing involved.You basically give up your life for 15 months,suck it up and live your life with your nose in a book or practicing for practicums.You have to be prepared to make school the center of your life, and trying to work is not an option(if you want to suffer, you can try to work).

That is relative. Those who have a nursing background for instance may not find it that hard. Those with a science background may not find it that hard. Based on the grad rates of schools, it is doable.

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

41 months ago

kay100 in ny, New York said: That is relative. Those who have a nursing background for instance may not find it that hard. Those with a science background may not find it that hard. Based on the grad rates of schools, it is doable.

I agree. I am a respiratory therapist and hopeful PTA student for FaLl 2013.

I'm not saying it's going to be a cake walk, but I think it's doable. I had a really easy time with Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology. I aced all 3 and they're very detailed.

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LVPTAchic in Los Angeles, California

26 months ago

PTA school is intimidating and very difficult. I won't say EXTREMELY difficult but I will definitely say very very hard. If you're like me and have no prior experience in massage therapy or a keneisology degree... You're definitely gonna have a rude awakening come practical time in Anatomy and physiology. Origins, insertions and actions will make you want to rip your hair out. I HIGHLY suggest reviewing them before you even start the program this will help you A LOT. These classes aren't your typical Anatomy classes even at a university level. They are tailored specifically to the PT field so the things you will be tested on like regions of the body and planes and bony landmarks will be focused on. Sometimes I feel like for all of this stress and level of difficulty I should of just gone to school to become a Physicians Assistant. More money and probably close to the same level of stress and study time.

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Sally in Washington in Monroe, Washington

23 months ago

I am just getting started on prerequisites in hopes of getting into a PTA program here. I already have a bachelor's degree in journalism, so some of them were already done.

I am wondering if the PTA role has any warnings attached, if/when I make it through. I am deciding whether to keep trying to achieve in that area, or to shift into another area related to my past work.

I love the work as a PT Aide -- I've tried that, and had the chance to assist with patients. I was into it, and I think I'd love it -- I like helping people get better, because I've had injuries.

But the classes, clinicals, and missed work-time on the way there, plus the student loans and potential failure (I failed A&P on first try, and need to take it again).

I am wondering what the financial burdens are like once you're done. I know job options are many, once you're licensed. PT work looks very rewarding, engaging -- worth it. But I am seeing an average $40K starting salary: and I'm wondering what the financial burden is like, when keeping up on the costs of staying licensed (CECs, insurance) while also keeping up on student loan payments. That's a living wage in Washington state, but a carefully planned living wage. Do employers usually cover some of the CEC and insurance costs? Are there other "costs of doing business" that I have not yet heard of?

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Shannon in Salisbury, North Carolina

11 months ago

PTA in Weston, Florida said: Which bridge program has every other weekend classes to get the DPT? You're in Massachusetts, how are you planning on attending this bridge program? The only bridge program that I know of is outside of Mass. Right?

Neumann College in Philadelphia is every other weekend, there is a program at Findlay in Ohio and one in Loma Linda Cali. Only ones that I know of, you could probably search at CAPTE online.

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Shannon in Salisbury, North Carolina

11 months ago

Reed L in Mesa, Arizona said: Associate degree? My foot! I am near the end of second semester of a PTA program and this is more challenging than any university course I've ever taken. The courses are time consuming and intense. If you learn fast and dedicate the time needed to study you will pass (77% is passing)no problem. Having said that, be aware that testing for the modality courses (physical agents, ther-ex, etc.) is very tough! I wish I would have known the manner of testing skill competencies before I started the program. It is pass/fail roleplay scenarios with a mock patient, and an instructor observing. They give you a second chance but if you fail twice you are out of the program! Some students have. Long lists of contraindications, precautions, and parameters must be commited to memory. It really becomes difficult about the tenth skill comp when all previous test material is fair game and details start mixing in your mind. We all know the smartest therapists, doctors, and even instructors can't recite all those details at will. Thats why they act responsibly and use notes and computer programs during treatment or lecture. I've endured situations more stressful than this but none that caused such lingering dread, even during sleep. It feels like Russian roulette with my life- like no matter how well prepared I try to be I still may fail. Skill competency testing is really making school a less than positive experience. Our instructors are good and try their best to help us. Now you know what you are up against if your program is similar to mine. Best wishes.

P.S. I'd like to know from any other SPTA's or PTA's if their experience was similar and how they managed to get through it all. Thanks.

It is tough, we all felt the same way, but.... there is a reason for all of it, to include know precautions and contraindications. I use it every day in the clinic and I've been doing this for 15 years.

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ACL in Detroit, Michigan

11 months ago

PTAwannabe in Whittier, California said: I'm in a program here in honolulu. It used to be 3 semesters one you finish the year of prereqs but now
It is 2 semesters of 17 hrs each plus the summer of clinicals which I forget the credit hrs. It is very intense and you need 75% to pass on everything. The competency exams can be tough and so is the material. I'm currently taking 8 classes this semester and my days are running together. So much reading and projects that I fid it difficult to go in and practice the procedures we learned the day before (traction, modalities, ther-x, massage, mobility, etc...) I have a kid and a wife which makes this difficult but at least it's a year but I'm lucky I don't have to work for the next two semesters. Just know what your getting in to. It will be lots of work. Best of luck.

My program lost 4 people, myself included. Anything less than 80 was considered failing, and if you fail one class you fail them all. I would still be in the PTA program if we had your 75 or > grading scale. Lucky dog..

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likescookies in Muskegon, Michigan

11 months ago

ACL in Detroit, Michigan said: My program lost 4 people, myself included. Anything less than 80 was considered failing, and if you fail one class you fail them all. I would still be in the PTA program if we had your 75 or > grading scale. Lucky dog..

I was thinking of getting into this also, as I need a new career. However, I don't have a huge science background. Previous degree in advertising and also a teaching certificate. I don't want to risk wasting a bunch of money, then not pass a class and be kicked out of the program. I got all As going back for teaching, but could never find a job. After reading these comments, I wonder if I'm smart enough to attempt this and can't afford to waste more money on education. I like the job outlook though. The school I inquired with also has a passing grade minimum of B-.

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90 in New York

11 months ago

My program started with 31 and were currently at 20 (currently mid 3rd semester). Granted, a lot of it wasn't purely academic. Some left because of family stuff and a couple people realized it wasn't for them. And then there was the few that couldn't perform in the simulated scenarios during lab practical exams. You can get an A on the written exam and have a 92 in the class (80 or higher to continue BTW) but if you can't use a goniometer or implement interventions safely you will not continue. We get three tries to pass lab exams and for some that wasn't enough. Sometimes it wasn't even safety or procedure, for example, if you are a nervous babbling wreck who can't explain what your doing and why during lab exams our professors are inclined to not allow you to represent the school during clinic affiliations. I know its an associates degree but I am absolutely amazed there isn't an interview process for admission but that's another discussion.

All that being said, It is challenging yes. You have to study a lot but it's not really that bad honestly. If you can get an A or B in A&P or other 100 level sciences you will be more than okay. Also, even if it isn't a prereq for entry (sometimes it is) I think everyone should absolutely take A&P prior to entering the program. If you do well it's out of the way and you know you can succeed. If you don't do well (75%ish?) maybe it's not for you. Side note: Please volunteer or shadow before investing the time and money.

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meganspta

11 months ago

Reed L in Mesa, Arizona said:
I am a student PTA right now and I could not agree more with you. DO NOT GO INTO THE PTA PROGRAM BECAUSE YOU THINK IT IS GOING TO BE A PIECE OF CAKE BECAUSE IT IS ONLY AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE. It is actually on the verge of being changed to a Bachelors degree (because all the info you learn is really too much for only an associates degree time to learn). Be prepared to stress every single day and night (and have nightmares about skills checks) until you've completed this degree. If you're going to do it, study your muscles and their origin, insertion, action and innervation before you even start to take Functional Anatomy/ kinesiology. You'll save yourself a heart attack. ALSO, do not take some of the pre reqs that you're able to take the first year of the program, during the program. I am currently taking, Kinesiology, Pathology, and PTA 101, along with the pre reqs of public speaking and anatomy and physiology II/LAB and I am so in over my head. I am currently drowning, everybody in the program is! They told us they have only had one person graduate the program that worked full time as well. So good luck with that if you decide to have job also.
Also, you have to maintain a C (75%) the entire time throughout the program, and be prepared to do skills checks in front of your instructor (pass/fail) w/ fake scenarios.
Also, be prepared to take PTA classes while also going to clinical sites, getting background checked and drug tested, cpr certified.
OVERALL, this program is sooo extremely stressful and super difficult, especially if you have no prior science/exercise bachelors or master (like a lot of people in my classes do).

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Jeremy in Saint Petersburg, Florida

9 months ago

Holy crap, I'm scared. I'm applying to PTA school January 1st and am getting nervous already from all these comments. When are they switching to a bachelors PTA degree? Where did you hear that from? I'm excited about helping people rehabilitate and finally have a career that fits my personality.

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Jeremy in Saint Petersburg, Florida

9 months ago

MeganSPTA said:

I hope all the stress is worth it in the end.

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StillLearning in New York, New York

9 months ago

I came into the PTA program with a 4.0 (this included my pre-reqs and electives). I was so confident that it would be easy for me. From the very first week, it was hell!! No one can prepare you for how tough the PTA program will be. My personal life suffered greatly. I never see my friends/family. I get by on 4 hours of sleep every night. If you think u can skip learning a topic watch out...there is never time to catch up. We have students with masters degrees in our program and they can't believe how grueling it is. My mental health also suffered from the stress. I became anxious and depressed and had to get professional help. Im now in clinicals. Be prepared to deal with huge egos of the Physical Therapists that think the PTAs are beneath them. But....working with the patients and their families is the payoff.

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OTA dreams in New York, New York

8 months ago

StillLearning in New York, New York said: I came into the PTA program with a 4.0 (this included my pre-reqs and electives). I was so confident that it would be easy for me. From the very first week, it was hell!! No one can prepare you for how tough the PTA program will be. My personal life suffered greatly. I never see my friends/family. I get by on 4 hours of sleep every night. If you think u can skip learning a topic watch out...there is never time to catch up. We have students with masters degrees in our program and they can't believe how grueling it is. My mental health also suffered from the stress. I became anxious and depressed and had to get professional help. Im now in clinicals. Be prepared to deal with huge egos of the Physical Therapists that think the PTAs are beneath them. But....working with the patients and their families is the payoff.

so what school are you going to? I wanted to get into OT, but there are only 2 schools in the city and one is a mess, the other, lost their accrediation. so I decided to try PTA. I have strong grades in phychology. but I was not good in biology. could I drown? but its basically remembering terminology correct?

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NMD in Astoria, New York

8 months ago

I'm just curious. Which NYC schools were you referring too? I applied to an OTA program this spring semester, and to make a looooong story short, neither the school itself, nor the encompassing agent could tell me whether I was even accepted or not. I'm just looking to see if maybe one of the schools you mentioned was the same. I feel that if they can't even get admissions right, good luck with the entire degree process!

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OTA dreams in New York, New York

8 months ago

NMD in Astoria, New York said: I'm just curious. Which NYC schools were you referring too? I applied to an OTA program this spring semester, and to make a looooong story short, neither the school itself, nor the encompassing agent could tell me whether I was even accepted or not. I'm just looking to see if maybe one of the schools you mentioned was the same. I feel that if they can't even get admissions right, good luck with the entire degree process!

what school did you apply to?

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nmd in Astoria, New York

8 months ago

OTA dreams in New York, New York said: what school did you apply to?

I applied to LaGuardia. I know its accreditation is up for review this year. I'm just wondering if this one is "the mess" or lost its accreditation, or if there was another school.

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nmd in Astoria, New York

7 months ago

OTA dreams in New York, New York said: what school did you apply to?

So which were you referring too?

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carmels in Ozone Park, New York

3 months ago

SPTA is a lot. A LOT A LOT OF WORK. I have been sleeping 3-4 hrs a day, eating only what I can cook in under 30 mns and it's not enough. And I don't work. I live 2 hrs away from school, which is murder.
You can only understand once you are in the program. I am not sure there is something I could do to do better. I get my assignments in before time, I stay late, I skipped any rest during spring break and I am surviving by the skin of my teeth. I took a practical today, and I am really not sure how well I did. My program doesn't allow for retaking the practical, so if I didn't make it, I have to wait next year, to try next spring for it. I have a BA, and another associate. Time is passing by, I got in this program to turn my life around and... I don't know. If you are wicked smart and deal well with stress, go for it. FYI, though, 2 people dropped out before the midterm, at least 15/25 people had a breakdown at some point, one was hospitalized for anxiety, and one went AWOL as the practical/ final week started. IT'S NOT A GAME. I don't know how med students do it. I can proudly say I have met my match. If I am favored to complete this program, I will throw a bash unlike anything you've ever seen! EVERYONE WILL BE INVITED! Wishful thinking! Gotta encourage yourself.
PS. Beware of self destruction, anger, tendencies to give up, PROCRASTINATION, selfish classmates. It will be hard without those things, so watch out for them. Good mental support, an outlet for frustration, ability to adapt and coping skills are a must. Check your ego at the door and find a support system within your class. Do whatever you must to get those origins, insertions... in your head. Good luck if you decide to do this, congratulations if you are still in the program, Hats off if you made it through!

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LMT in Atlanta, Georgia

3 months ago

PTA student in Chesterfield, Missouri said: Obvious answer is... it depends on the program and how long the program is. If it's a 2 year program, it will be moderate in my opinion if you have no experience in PT. If it's like my program and it's 1 year, then it's going to be difficult and very fast paced, but for me it's not hard at all. Main reason it's not hard at all is because I'm an LMT certified in kinesio taping and worked as Rehab Tech in a hospital setting for a year prior to starting the program. So to me it's a bunch of busy work and getting "proof" of what I already know. So I will be completing an entire PTA program in 1 year while working full time as a massage therapist (30 hours a week for LMT's). Right now I'm 6 weeks into the program and I love it, but I can't wait until I'm a PTA so I can work a 40 hour work week and have a life.

I am an LMT as well currently working as a rehab tech in outpatient orthopedics. I feel so scared to start this program. I put off school for fear that I might not be able to work. Your post gave me comfort I wish you great success on your journey.

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MrChase

5 days ago

I did three semesters of non-PTA stuff before this, including A&P 1 and 2, and now I'm in the first semester of PTA at an accredited CC in NY, and just the amount of stuff they pack into the 3-credit kinesiology course feels more rigorous and time-demanding than 12 credits of non-PTA stuff combined. You won't have a life if you do this program, and if you HAVE to work -- i.e., you don't have mom and dad to take care of you, or a significant other, or the money to float -- you will be dealing with stress that will probably reduce your life expectancy, accelerate gray hairs, among other things.

I'm already seeing the faces of the first few who I know will be dropping out, and I know a few will. The ones texting in class, trying to have a life. Having a life isn't a luxury, which is why this is an associates from cheap community colleges that delivers a wage that's livable, while so many other people are floating through other degrees laughing, giggling, accruing debt, only to be dragging that chain around for a long time begging for work.

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