South Carolina physical therapist assistant program ranks high in U.S.
The physical therapist assistant program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC), with three campus locations in South Carolina, has been ranked as one of the best in the country, according to Myrtle Beach Online.
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) revealed that the program was one of only 45 in the country where 100 percent of its graduates pass the national certification exam. The Commission of Accreditation on Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) requires that 80 percent of all graduates of accredited programs successfully complete the boards within a three-year time frame.
"The profession is demanding," Larry Kopelman, director of the physical therapist assistant program at HGTC, told the news outlet. "For [students] to pass the boards, they have to be on top of their game."
The program at HGTC began in 2006, with its first class graduating in 2009. It takes in 32 new students each year. According to Kopelman, the laboratories at HGTC's campuses are highly rated and receive support from local therapy businesses. Kopelman also revealed that the program has a 100 percent placement rate for its graduates in positions that pay an average starting salary of $45,000 a year. The school's passing and placement rates make its graduates solid candidates for physical therapist jobs.
The National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is a computer-administered examination overseen by the FSBPT. Throughout various exams in 2011, the national passing rate for graduates from accredited U.S. physical therapist assistant schools was 85%, according to the American Physical Therapist Association. This is substantially lower than the rate at HGTC.
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