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Overview of Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Illinois


Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in IllinoisIn 2011 there are currently 12 physical therapy assistant schools in Illinois that are accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Illinois has a large population of just under 13 million, and of that there are currently just under 3500 employed as a physical therapist assistant. There are numerous schools in Illinois spread throughout the state in the medical assisting field. Much like that of a nursing professional, a physical therapy assistant will as well be working hands on with patients on the job. The role of the PTA is to assist the physical therapist in treatment protocols, or following through on instructions given by the physical therapist. A physical therapy assistant must complete an associate degree to be eligible for the Illinois State Physical Therapy Board license exam. An associate degree to work as a physical therapy assistant can be completed in 2 years time, which is not a long duration for all physical therapy schools. Physical therapists must have 6-7 years of academic study to receive their designation and be eligible for license exams.

Tuition for physical therapy assistants schools in Illinois will average about $13 000 for the entire program. This will include your clinical experience portion, which is sometimes known as the 5th semester of study as a physical therapy assistant. At most physical therapy assistant schools in Illinois a semester will be dedicated to gaining clinical experience, although there are also colleges that provide options to gain clinical experience on a weekly basis, sometimes 8 or 16 hours per week will be clinical placement, while the rest of the week will be spent academically in class.

When choosing from physical therapy assistant schools in Illinois the best option is to choose one which meets The Commission of Accreditation on Physical Therapy Education standards (see the list below) and to choose one that best suits your needs such as; teaching style, timing of the clinical placement, distance to travel each day to school. There are numerous jobs available for physical therapy assistants in Illinois, with a yearly salary of over $49 000 on average within the state, it is an excellent time to consider your educational options.

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Illinois Directory

 

Black Hawk College

Moline, IL
Phone: (309) 796-5393
Web Address: http://www.bhc.edu/
Program E-mail: gillundl@bhc.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Larry Gillund, MS, MSPT
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, IL
Phone: (630) 942-4076
Web Address: http://www.cod.edu/academic/acadprog/occ_voc/phythera.htm
Program E-mail: Schmidt@cod.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Donald B Schmidt, PT, MS
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Elgin Community College

Elgin, IL
Phone: (847) 214-7541
Web Address: http://elgin.edu
Program E-mail: mbanks@elgin.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Micaela Banks, PT, MBA
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Fox College

Tinley Park, IL
Phone: (708) 444-4500
Program E-mail: cfawcett@foxcollege.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Carol Fawcett, PTA, MEd
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Illinois Central College

Peoria, IL
Phone: (309) 999-4600
Web Address: http://www.icc.edu/heps/hc_physicalterapistassistant.asp
Program E-mail: jfeeny@icc.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Julie A Feeny, PT, MS
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Kankakee Community College

Kankakee, IL
Phone: (815) 802-8816
Web Address: http://www.kcc.edu
Program E-mail: jcorbus@kcc.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Jessica L Corbus, PT, MOL
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Kaskaskia College

Centralia, IL
Phone: (618) 545-3220
Web Address: http://www.kaskaskia.edu/PTA/Default.aspx
Program E-mail: jherrmann@kaskaskia.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Jane M Herrmann, PT, MHS, ATC
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Lake Land College

Effingham, IL
Phone: (217) 540-3535
Web Address: http://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/models/087.htm
Program E-mail: mmioux@lakeland.cc.il.us
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Martha T Mioux, PT, MHS
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Morton College

Cicero, IL
Phone: (708) 656-8000
Web Address: http://www.morton.edu
Program E-mail: fran.wedge@morton.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Frances M Wedge, PT, DScPT, GCS
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Oakton Community College

Des Plaines, IL
Phone: (847) 635-1629
Web Address: http://www.oakton.edu/acad/career/pta_p1.htm
Program E-mail: maryd@oakton.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Mary DeNotto, DPT, MS
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, IL
Phone: (618) 453-6143
Web Address: http://www.siu.edu/~sah/PTA/pta.html
Program E-mail: jrogers@siu.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Janet L Rogers, PTA, PhD
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville, IL
Phone: (618) 235-2700
Web Address: http://prod.swic.edu/divisions.aspx?id=677
Program E-mail: kim.snyder@swic.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Kimberly D Snyder, PTA, MEd
Accreditation: CAPTE
Degree: Associate in Applied Science