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Physical Therapist Assistant students ace licensure exam for third straight year

August 1, 2019
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Heartland Community College has again posted an impressive number of students who have passed the national licensure exam.

For the third year in a row, the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program has posted a 100 percent pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination to become eligible for licensure. The national pass rate average is 88.1 percent.

The national examination was administered to Spring 2019 graduates in April and July and results were posted shortly after.

“The success of the Heartland PTA program is a positive blend of the amazing support from our administration, the tireless pursuit towards excellence from the faculty, and most importantly, the hard work and dedication of our passionate students,” says Stephanie Turner, PTA instructor and Academic coordinator of Clinical Education. “Our students inspire us every day with their achievements, and it is our hope to continue to inspire future PTA students to have this same level of accomplishments for years to come here at Heartland.”

Heartland’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program became fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) on April 26, 2017.

In order to become a licensed PTA, students must graduate from an accredited program to become eligible to sit for the national licensure exam.

About the PTA program

Physical Therapist Assistants provide physical therapy treatments under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist to help people recover from injuries, illnesses and surgeries.

The class beginning this fall is already full with 17 students enrolled. More information can be found at

Written by: Steve Fast