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Physical Therapist Assistant

Bring Motion to Life as a Physical Therapist Assistant

As a selective admission program, the PTA program enrollment is limited to 16 students per year. Decision for admission is based on achievement of minimum academic criteria, residency and the quality of the applicant's credentials in relation to those of other applicants.

Program Accreditation

Physical Therapist Assistant program at Heartland Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22305-3085; telephone 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 309-268-8673 or email daryl.menke@heartland.edu.

Accredited by CAPTE Verify Status

Website:  www.capteonline.org

COMPLAINTS to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs (PT or PTA).  Please refer to the CAPTE website:  http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/.

Review Licensure Considerations

Passing the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) is required for licensure.  In order to sit for the NPTE, students must graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and meet eligibility criteria designated by each state's licensing authority.  The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) administers the NPTE.

Applicants seeking licensure in the state of Illinois will need to answer several licensure questions including personal history, child support, and/or student loan information questions.

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

Program Outcomes

View the Physical Therapist Assistant's Program Statistics (PDF) .

View the Physical Therapist Assistant's PTA Outcomes (PDF)  summary data.

View the Physical Therapist Assistant's Assessment of Mission and Goals (PDF) .

Public Comment / Complaint Policy (PDF)

About the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Important Deadlines

Event Deadline
Application process begins. April 1
Application Deadline. September 1
Supporting documentation due. September 1
Applicants notified about admission. November 15

PTA Upcoming Events

  • We strongly recommend you attend one of these informational sessions. All information meetings are held at the main campus in Normal, IL, unless otherwise noted.

    Day Time Room

    Please note:  Beginning October 4, 2021, some information meetings will be held in person on the Normal campus and some will be held virtually via Zoom.  Please look carefully at the meeting(s) that you are interested in.

    Monday, October 4, 2021

    5 pm

    Nursing Program

    Room ICB 1809

    Monday, October 4, 2021

    5 pm

    Work Ready Programs

    Room ICB 1706

    Monday, October 4, 2021

    5 pm

    EMT/Paramedic Programs

    Room NRC 1008

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    5 pm

    Radiography Program

    Room ICB 1813

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    5 pm

    Medical Assistant Program

    Room ICB 1806

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    5 pm

    Physical Therapist Assistant Program

    Via Zoom.  Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Physical Therapist Assistant meeting.

    Please contact the following program coordinator and request the ZOOM link for the meeting that you would like to attend:

    EMT/Paramedic - Please contact Travis Wilson at twilson@mcleancountyems.org

    Medical Assistant - Please contact Martha Stearns at martha.stearns@heartland.edu

    Nursing - Please watch this brief informational video. Then contact Jennifer O'Connor at jennifer.oconnor@heartland.edu

    Physical Therapist Assistant - Please contact Daryl Menke at daryl.menke@heartland.edu

    Radiography - Please contact Jo Gramley at joan.gramley@heartland.edu

    Work Ready Programs* - Please contact Kelly Pyle at kelly.pyle@heartland.edu

    * Work Ready Programs currently consist of Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomy, Veterinary Assistant, and Recovery Support Specialist.

  • The ATI TEAS is only offered online.

    Study materials are available at the Heartland Library or may be purchased at https://atitesting.com/teas-prep.

    Students may take the ATI TEAS twice within an application cycle.  The highest score of the two attempts will be used for evaluation.  TEAS scores are valid for two application cycles.

Contact PTA

ICB 2800
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8740
Fax: 309-268-7958

Email PTA

Amanda Garard

Coordinator of Admission
Phone: 309-268-8058
Email: Amanda.Garard@heartland.edu