Outcomes & Accreditation

Outcomes & Accreditation

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Physical Therapist Assistant program outcomes

PTA program outcomes are based upon the latest 2-year (2015-2016) average:

  • 79% of students admitted to the program graduated;
  • 93% of the students passed the national licensure examination; and
  • 97% of graduates were employed within six months of completing the national licensing exam.

Program accreditation by CAPTE

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Programs (CAPTE)

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mountwest Community & Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in  Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 1111 North Farifax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314 | 703-706-3245 | accreditation@apta.org | http://www.capteonline.org

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Accreditation is a process used in the U.S. to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis.

While CAPTE has always had an expectation that programs provide current and prospective students with information about program outcomes, the standard now is that they require student outcomes information to be available to the public. This is similar to the expectation from the USDE.

To meet this expectation, the Mountwest Community & Technical College Physical Therapist Assistant Program has adopted the policy that student outcomes will be reported via the Web site to include the graduation rate; licensure examination pass rate and the employment rate over the most recent three years. This information will be updated yearly at the time of the programs annual reports (usually December 1).

Compliance policy

In keeping with Mountwest’s commitment to provide the highest quality of educational programs, the college acknowledges the development of institutional and program policies and procedures, including;

  • Timely submission of required fees and documentation including reports of graduation rates, performance on national licensing examinations and employment rates;
  • Timely notification of expected or unexpected substantive change(s) within the proram, and of any change in institutional accreditation status or legal authority to provide postsecondary education; and
  • Coming into compliance with accreditation criteria within two years of being determined to be out of compliance.

The institution shall have responsibility for allotting the resources necessary for the specific programs to accomplish their mission objectives while adhering to and continuing compliance with guidelines of their respective accrediting agencies.

The program director shall be responsible for adherence to accreditation policies and procedures. Program needs are to be communicated to the institution.

This policy reflects program compliance measures to be initiated, the required action and the responsibility for adherence to accreditation requirements. Compliance with this policy will provide for the institution and program to be aware of and plan for measures required for the continued accreditation of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.