Online PTA Education
Recently I came across an online PTA program. To tell the truth I was skeptical about it. After more research I concluded that it was ingenious to offer education online for PTAs.
Now some may say, "You can't teach therapy online."
San Juan College (www.sanjuancollege.edu/pta) in Farmington, NM has done just this. They have a successful online PTA program and graduated one class with a 100 percent pass rate, and are graduating another class this December.
If someone can get a respiratory therapy degree online and a DPT online, why shouldn't they be able to educate themselves as a PTA with the same method?
"With our program, students enrolled in the online portion can live anywhere in the United States," said Wendy D. Bircher, PT, EdD, director of the PTA program.
She went on to say, "The students attend sessions toward the end of each semester for seven to 14 days to learn the lab skills and to ensure they successfully complete a lab exam and are competent to continue on to the next semester. The students attend the lab sessions everyday (including Saturday and Sunday) for approximately eight to 12 hours a day. It is a grueling schedule, but with this format, individuals who have no other option for a PTA degree now have one."
To elaborate on the success of online education in the therapy field, do a search for online CEUs. If I take an online CEU, I am essentially learning therapy techniques online. San Juan College requires a proctor and has a time limit for each test. Do your online CEUs require that?