Physical Therapist Assistant


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The application period for the 2021 PTA Cohort is now open until October 15, 2020. APPLY NOW!

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist (PT). Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession full of variety, activity and human interaction.  PTs and PTAs are movement experts who help to relieve pain, prevent disability and restore the basic movements that we take for granted every day by improving balance, posture, strength, flexibility and so much more!

PTAs are an integral part of the healthcare team and work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more.

Please refer to the American Physical Therapy Association for more information about the profession.

http://www.apta.org/PTACareers/Overview/

To view the pre-requisite courses for the PTA Program visit the Curriculum tab above.

Click here to view the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Essential Functions

Click here to view the PTA Clinical Education Handbook 

Click here to view the PTA Student Handbook 

Mendocino College PTA Program

Mendocino College is excited to have completed the first semester of the new PTA program at our campus in Ukiah, CA. The program is a hybrid design with theory courses offered online in conjunction with Shasta College  and laboratory courses offered on the Mendocino College campus. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been able to modifiy our face to face instruction in order to continue to hold labs on campus, giving students the best possible education experience. The safety and health of our students and instructors will continue to be our number one priority as we plan for future semesters.

The PTA program is a two-year program with students earning an Associates of Science degree and eligibility to take the National Physical Therapy Exam for licensure as a PTA upon completion. The program will require that students be on campus in Ukiah at least two days per week for laboratory courses during the spring and fall semesters.

Applications will be accepted each year between August 15 and October 15 with a new cohort of students beginning the program each January. Please click on the "Admissions" tab above to access more information regarding the application process and to access the online application. 

Accreditation status

Effective October 29, 2019, the Mendocino College PTA Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 707-467-1062 or email sbogner@mendocino.edu. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

NOTE RECENT CHANGE: Effective July 1, 2020, all credits earned by students and degrees earned by graduates from programs in candidacy status are from an accredited program.

Comments and Concerns

Complaints regarding the program or the program graduates should be first addressed to the PTA Program Director, Sara Bogner, MS PT. Sara Bogner's email address is sbogner@mendocino.edu and her phone number is (707) 467-1062. Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Director should be directed to Dennis Aseltyne, Dean of Applied Academics. Dennis Aseltyne’s e-mail address is daseltyne@mendocino.edu and his phone number is (707) 468-3131. No retaliation will occur by either the program or the college due to a complaint being filed.  All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility. Complaints regarding accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314. ​

Program   |

Mission Statement

The Mendocino College Physical Therapist Assistant Program provides a comprehensive educational experience to prepare a diverse student population to practice as entry-level physical therapist assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. High quality and innovative instruction and individual attention in an inclusive and accessible learning environment enables students to achieve their educational goals. Graduates will serve the community by providing competent, ethical and compassionate healthcare in contemporary physical therapy practice while understanding the value of evidence based practice and lifelong learning. 

Program Goals

Goal 1. Prepares graduates for positions as competent, entry-level physical therapist assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist

Goal 2. Program faculty will provide an inclusive and accessible learning environment and a curriculum consistent with contemporary physical therapy practice, and feedback from program stakeholders.

Goal 3. Promote the importance of continuing personal and professional development through life-long learning opportunities and membership in professional organizations.

Goal 4. PTA Program graduates will appropriately express effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills in a culturally competent manner with patients, family members and other health care providers.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be able to:

Objective 1. Work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, and competent manner.

Objective 2. Demonstrate the ability to promote optimal outcomes for patients by competently performing assessment techniques and treatment interventions from within the physical therapist’s plan of care.

Objective 3. Recognize the relationship between concepts learned from liberal arts and basic science coursework and physical therapy knowledge and skills.

Objective 4. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication in a culturally competent manner with patients and their families, colleagues, and other health care providers.

Objective 5. Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning.

Program Description

The Mendocino College PTA Program is four semesters in length and includes both general education and program specific requirements.  The PTA Program has a hybrid format with courses taken both online and on the Mendocino College campus. Students are required to be on campus for laboratory courses two days each week during the spring and fall semesters.

In addition to regular coursework, students are required to participate in three full time, six week clinical experiences. These clinical practicums begin the second semester and continue in semesters three and four of the program. The clinical experiences take place at selected health care facilities in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa and Humboldt counties. Students are required to travel to any of these areas to complete the clinical education portion of the program.

Course Sequence   |

 

The following is an example of the course sequence to complete the requirements for an Associates of Science in Physical Therapist Assisting. It is recommended that all students meet with a Mendocino College Counselor in preparation for applying to the PTA Program.

Prerequisites 

Course Title Semester Units

BIO 230 – Human Anatomy

5

BIO 231 – Human Physiology

Or

BIO 202 and 202L – Human Biology and Human Biology Lab

5

 

3 and 1

HLH 104 – Medical Terminology

3

KIN 100 – Introduction to Physical Therapy                 

1
Total 13 or 14

Semester One 

Course Title Semester Units

PTA 101 – Physical Therapy Practice for the PTA

2

PTA 102 – Pathology 

3

PTA 103 – Patient Care Skills Theory

2

PTA 103L – Patient Care Skills Lab

1

PTA 104 – Clinical Kinesiology Theory

2

PTA 104L – Clinical Kinesiology Lab

1

English 200 – Reading and Composition 

3
Total 14

Semester Two

Course Title Semester Units

PTA 105 – Therapeutic Exercise Theory

2

PTA 105L – Therapeutic Exercise Lab

1

PTA 106 – Therapeutic Agents Theory

2

PTA 106L – Therapeutic Agents Lab

1

PTA 120 – Clinical Practicum I  

4.5

COM 210 – Interpersonal Communications

Or

COM 203 – Introduction to Public Speaking

3

PSY 205 – Introductory Psychology

Or

PSY 210 – Life Span Development Psychology

Or

CDV 200 – Psychology of Development: Infancy
through Adolescence

3
Total 16.5


Semester Three

Course Title 

Semester Units

PTA 107 – Orthopedic Management Theory

2

PTA 107L – Orthopedic Management Lab

1

PTA 108 – Neurology and Development Theory

2

PTA 108L – Neurology and Development Lab

1

PTA 121 – Clinical Practicum II 

4.5

American Institutions GE course (see institutional
requirements)*

3

Math GE course (see institutional requirements)

3 - 5
Total 16.5 - 18.5

Semester Four

Course Title Semester Units

PTA 109 – Neurologic Management Theory

2

PTA 109L – Neurologic Management Lab

1

PTA 110 – Advanced Procedures Theory

2

PTA  110L – Advanced Procedures Lab

1

PTA 111 – Professional Integration

1

PTA 122 – Clinical Practicum III

4.5

Humanities GE course (see institutional requirements)*

3
Total 14.5

 

  Total Units
PTA Core Classes 43.5

Total for Associate’s Degree

76.5 - 79.5

 

*Mendocino College graduation requirements also include a Studies in Culture course. This can be fulfilled through specific Humanities and American Institutions courses. It is recommended that a GE course is chosen that will fulfill both requirements. It is recommended that all students meet with a Mendocino College counselor to review graduation requirements.

Curriculum   |

Required Pre-Requisite Courses

BIO 230 – Human Anatomy

This course will cover an introduction to human cytology and cellular organization, fundamental tissues and organ systems, and appropriate laboratory study of basic human anatomy.

 

BIO 231 – Human Physiology  

This course will cover the study of human organ systems and the associated physiological principles with appropriate practical experimentation in the laboratory.

OR

BIO 202 – Human Biology and BIO 202L – Human Biology Lab

This course will introduce the student to the characteristics, structure, and processes of the human body as they relate to personal health, society, and the environment. This course is also designed for those students who need a review of the fundamentals of the human body before taking science courses required for the allied health sciences.

 

HLH 104 – Medical Terminology

This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of medical word building as well as terms related to specific body systems. Emphasis is placed upon pronunciation and spelling as well as anatomical, pathological, surgical, and diagnostic terminology. This course is designed for pre-nursing students, EMTs, health care clerical support staff, nursing assistants, and others in the health related professions.

KIN 100 – Introduction to Physical Therapy 

This course will introduce students to careers related to the field of physical therapy. It will outline job descriptions, educational background, labor market and practice settings for the different jobs related to physical therapy.


Required Semester 1 Courses

PTA 101 – Physical Therapy Practice for the PTA

This course will introduce the students to the profession of Physical Therapist Assistant by covering the history, laws and ethics of the profession. Introduction to professional/medical documentation and quality assurance issues will be presented. Students will also study communication techniques, interpersonal relationships and psychosocial considerations in healthcare.

PTA 102 – Pathology

This course will introduce the pathophysiology of all major organ systems of the body. The etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions related to common diseases and disorders seen in the physical therapy setting will be covered.

PTA 103 – Patient Care Skills Theory

The course will introduce students to the theory of basic patient care skills performed by the physical therapist assistant including positioning, monitoring vital signs, infection control techniques, transfer training and gait training. Students will also be introduced to the assessment and treatment processes of the physical therapist assistant.

PTA 103L – Patient Care Skills Lab

This course will provide practical training in basic care skills performed by the physical therapist assistant including position, monitoring vital signs, infection control techniques, transfer training and gait training. Students will also begin assessment and intervention techniques for the physical therapist assistant in this laboratory course.

PTA 104 – Clinical Kinesiology Theory

This course will cover kinesiology and anatomy of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Emphasis will be on musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology including arthrokinematics, static and dynamic movement systems and associated clinical applications. Principles of goniometry and manual muscle testing will also be introduced.

PTA 104L – Clinical Kinesiology Lab

This course will consist of the laboratory component of PTA 104 Clinical Kinesiology. Students will apply kinesiology and biomechanics principles of PTA 104 Clinical Kinesiology in a practical setting. Assessment of joint range of motion, muscle strength, posture and gait will be performed. Surface palpation skills will also be developed in this laboratory course.


Required Semester 2 Courses

PTA 105 – Therapeutic Exercise Theory

This course will cover the use of exercise as a preventative and rehabilitative modality for the treatment of pathological conditions. Emphasis is placed on the physiologic effects of exercise as well as the design and application of exercise programs to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance. This course will also address exercise specific to cardiac rehabilitation, aquatic physical therapy and work hardening.

PTA 105L – Therapeutic Exercise Lab

This course will provide the practical training for the use of exercise as a preventative and rehabilitative modality for the treatment of pathological conditions. It is the laboratory component of PTA 105 Therapeutic Exercise Theory and will allow for application of concepts taught in that course. Therapeutic exercise principles will be illustrated through practice for strength, flexibility, posture and balance. More specific programs of therapeutic exercise for cardiac rehabilitation, aquatic therapy and work hardening will also be covered.

PTA 106 – Therapeutic Agents Theory

This course will cover the use of physical agents in the treatment of common conditions seen in the physical therapy setting. Various thermal, mechanical and electromagnetic agents will be presented with corresponding indications and contraindications. Evidence based rationale for use of physical agents will also be addressed.

PTA 106L – Therapeutic Agents Lab

This course will instruct students in the safe and effective use of physical agents in the treatment of common conditions seen in the physical therapy setting. Students will learn correct set up and application of thermal, mechanical and electromagnetic agents. This course is the laboratory course that corresponds with PTA 106 Physical Agents Theory.

PTA 120 – Clinical Practicum I

This course will provide students with the opportunity to observe and participate in patient care as directed by a clinical instructor. Students will be placed in a clinical setting for a full time (40 hrs/wk), six-week clinical experience where they will apply knowledge and skills learned in semesters one and two of the PTA Program. Students will provide care as directed by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for uncomplicated and complicated patients with the degree of supervision and guidance based on the patient and the environment.


Required Semester 3 Courses

PTA 107 – Orthopedic Management Theory

This course will focus on dysfunction, disease and trauma of the musculoskeletal system. Concepts of tissue healing, signs and symptoms of orthopedic dysfunctions, surgical interventions and physical therapy interventions will be addressed. Students will be expected to integrate knowledge and skills from previous PTA coursework to the orthopedic patient.

PTA 107L – Orthopedic Management Lab

This course will provide the practical training for assessment and treatment of the orthopedic conditions seen in the physical therapy setting. It is the laboratory component of PTA 107 Orthopedic Management and will focus on application of concepts taught in that course. Treatment strategies for disorders of the spine, upper extremity and lower extremity will be covered. Students will be expected to integrate knowledge and skills from previous PTA coursework and apply it to the orthopedic patient.

PTA 108 - Neurology and Development Theory

This course will cover basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a focus on human growth and development from birth to the aged adult. It will cover the physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes with aging and their impact on functional movement. The process of motor development through motor control and motor learning will be addressed and applied to treatment of neurologic conditions through the lifespan.

PTA 108L – Neurology and Development Lab

This course will provide the practical training for the assessment and treatment of normal and abnormal neurodevelopment. It is the laboratory component of PTA 108 Neurology and Development and will focus on neurodevelopmental treatment techniques for pediatric patients. Fundamentals of treatment for neurological conditions in the adult and general treatment strategies related to geriatric patients will also be covered.

PTA 121 – Clinical Practicum II

This course will provide students with the opportunity to observe and participate in patient care as directed by a clinical instructor. Students will be placed in a clinical setting for a full time (40 hrs/wk), six-week clinical experience where they will apply knowledge and skills learned in semesters one, two and three of the PTA Program. Students will provide care as directed by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for uncomplicated and complicated patients with the degree of supervision and guidance based on the patient and the environment. Students are expected to be operating at an intermediate level during this clinical experience.


Required Semester 4 Courses

PTA 109 – Neurologic Management Theory

This course will cover physical therapy interventions for common neurologic conditions. Additionally, assessment, medical management, environmental barriers, adaptive equipment, psychosocial issues and effective interdisciplinary management will also be covered as it applies to the patient with a neurologic condition. Students will apply neuroanatomy and developmental concepts learned in PTA 108 Neurology and Development to the adult patient with a neurologic condition.

PTA 109L – Neurologic Management Lab

This course will cover the practical training for the assessment and treatment of common neurologic conditions by the physical therapist assistant. It is the laboratory component of PTA 109 Neurologic Management Theory and will apply principles of patient management taught in that course. It will incorporate treatment principles and progression from previous courses through the use of case studies.

PTA 110 – Advanced Procedures Theory

This course will cover physical therapy care for unique patient populations including patients with respiratory dysfunction, women’s health patients, oncology patients, amputees, patients with vestibular dysfunction, chronic pain patients and those with complex multi-system pathology. Topics include diagnoses, medical and physical therapy interventions, special considerations and equipment needs for these patient populations.

PTA 110L – Advanced Procedures Lab

This course will provide the practical training for physical therapy care for unique patient populations including patients with respiratory dysfunction, women’s health patients, oncology patients, amputees, patients with vestibular dysfunction, patients with chronic pain and those with complex multi-system pathology. This is the laboratory portion of PTA 110 Advanced Procedures Theory. The focus of this course will be the application of concepts and interventions to patient treatment scenarios.

PTA 111 – Professional Integration

This course will cover issues related to practice management and encourage problem solving skills to integrate all knowledge and skills learned throughout the PTA Program. The course will be discussion based and focus on learning through case studies. This course will also prepare students for licensure as a PTA and include a comprehensive exam covering all information taught in the PTA Program.

PTA 121 – Clinical Practicum III

This course will provide students with the opportunity to observe and participate in patient care as directed by a clinical instructor. Students will be placed in a clinical setting for a full time (40 hrs/wk), six-week clinical experience where they will apply knowledge and skills learned in semesters one through four of the PTA Program. Students will provide care as directed by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for uncomplicated and complicated patients with the degree of supervision and guidance based on the patient and the environment. Students are expected to provide patient care and fulfill the role of the physical therapist assistant at entry level during this clinical experience. 


Required General Education Courses

General education coursework is required to complete graduation requirements for the PTA Program. It is recommended that all students meet with a Mendocino College counselor to discuss their academic plan to ensure that all graduation requirements are met.

Language Requirement

ENG 200 – Reading and Composition

This course will fulfill the requirements of the first semester of freshman composition at the university level. All sections are both writing and reading intensive. Topics covered include thesis development and support, writing essays in various rhetorical modes, close reading, and completion of a thorough, properly cited research paper.

Communication Requirement

COM 203 – Introduction to Public Speaking

This course will introduce students to the theories and techniques of public speaking in a democratic society. Discovery, development, and criticism of ideas in public discourse through research, reasoning, organization, composition, presentation, and evaluation of various types of speeches including informative and persuasive speeches will be explored.

OR

COM 210 – Interpersonal Communications

This course will introduce the student to interpersonal communication theories, rational dialogue, and cooperative analysis of communicative events. Students will study communicative interactions, their symbolic processes, reasoning and advocacy, and the effects of communication on people and society.

Behavioral Science Requirement

PSY 205 – Introductory Psychology

This course will provide an introduction to the field of psychology, defined as the scientific study of all human behaviors, including observable actions, emotions, and thinking processes. The approach of the course offers students a foundation for applying the principles of psychology to daily life, understanding the self and others, enhancing interpersonal relationships, and preparing for further study in psychology. Topics include the psychologybiology connection, learning, memory, mental processes, emotions, motivation, human development, mental illness, psychotherapy, human interaction, and methods used in psychological research.

OR

PSY 210 – Lifespan Developmental Psychology

This course will explore the predictable behavioral changes humans experience throughout their lifetime, from birth to aging and death.

OR

CDV 200 – Psychology of Development: Infancy through Adolescence

This course will examine the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children both typical and atypical from conception through adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturational process and environment factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.

Mathematics Requirement

See list of possible courses in the Mendocino College Catalog

American Institutions Requirement

See list of possible courses in the Mendocino College Catalog

Humanities Requirement

See list of possible courses in the Mendocino College Catalog

Studies in Culture Requirement

See list of possible courses in the Mendocino College Catalog

*The Studies in Culture requirement can be fulfilled through specific Humanities and American Institutions courses. It is recommended that a GE course is chosen that will fulfill both requirements. It is recommended that all students meet with a Mendocino College counselor to review graduation requirements.

Admissions   |

The application period for the 2021 PTA Cohort is now open until October 15, 2020. APPLY NOW!

PTA Program Admissions Policy

Mendocino College (MC) will accept 24 students each year into the PTA program. Prospective student information materials are available on the college website or in person from the MC office of Admissions and Records and from PTA program faculty.

The PTA Program abides by all MC policies and procedures related to admissions, including but not limited to due process and non-discrimination.

Admissions criteria for the PTA Program are as follows:

  1. Admission to Mendocino College
  2. Completion of PTA Program Application. The application will be available on August 15, 2020.
  3. Completion of the four pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  4. Submission of college transcripts verifying successful completion of pre-requisite coursework. Mendocino College transcripts must be requested through the Office of Admissions and Records with the following form: https://www.mendocino.edu/sites/default/files/docs/admissions/mendocino_...

Please indicate the transcript should be delivered to the Mendocino College PTA Program, Attn: Sara Bogner. There is no fee associated with this request.

PTA Program Admission Procedures

1.    Program applications will be accepted each year between August 15 and October 15.

2.    Admission to the program will be based on the results of a random, computer generated lottery system. All qualified applicants will be included in the lottery and 24 selected for admission. Maximum acceptance for each class is 24 students to prevent over enrollment.

3.    If the class of 24 is filled, a wait list of up to 24 students will be maintained by the PTA Program Director.

4.    Emails will be sent to students admitted into the PTA Program on November 1. Students will be required to notify the MC PTA Program Director by November 15 to confirm their intention to begin the program in January of the following year.

5.   Emails will also be sent to those on the wait list with their alternate number. Alternates will be required to respond to the MC PTA Program Director to confirm and maintain their position on the wait list.

Procedures that are and will be used to recruit students to the program are consistent with procedures used for general recruiting at MC. The college and program strive to recruit a diverse patient population through outreach to high schools in the district, informational booths at community events, program brochures, advertisement through the internet, local newspapers, and radio.

Transfer Policy

A student may transfer from a professional physical therapy program or another PTA Program provided that the student meets the following criteria: 

1.  The Mendocino College and PTA Program application and registration procedures are completed.

2.  All Mendocino College courses must be taken in their entirety even if students have successfully completed units of the course in another PT or PTA Program with the exception of courses taken in the Shasta College PTA Program. Courses completed while enrolled in the PTA Program at Shasta College will be transferable to the Mendocino College PTA Program following review by the Mendocino College PTA Program Director.

3.  A plan to introduce a student from a PT program to the PTA role will be developed by the PTA Program faculty and the student. This plan may include self-study, or an on-site visit with a PTA in the community. 

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The District is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, employment, and all access to institutional programs and activities.

The District, and each individual who represents the District, shall provide access to its services, classes, and programs without regard to national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, immigration status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The Superintendent/President shall establish administrative procedures that ensure all members of the college community can present complaints regarding alleged violations of this policy and have their complaints heard in accordance with the Title 5 regulations and those of other agencies that administer state and federal laws regarding nondiscrimination.

No District funds shall ever be used for membership, or for any participation involving financial payment or contribution on behalf of the District or any individual employed by or associated with it, to any private organization whose membership practices are discriminatory on the basis of national origin, immigration status, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or because of his/her association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Costs   |

Estimated Program Costs*

Course fees are $46 per unit.

Program course tuition           

$2,001

GE and Pre-requisite tuition                  

$1,656

Books and supplies

$1,500

Physical exam and immunizations   

$250

Drug screen and background check  

$100

CPR and first aid training     

$100­­­

PTA licensure exam   

$550

PTA license application   

$350

Total     

$6,507

                                                                                            

*Cost estimates do not include student living expenses or any costs associated with travel or housing during required clinical practicum courses.

Please contact the Mendocino College Financial Aid office for questions regarding financial aid resources. 707-467-3110 or financialaid@mendocino.edu

FAQ's   |

1. How long is the program?

Four semesters over two academic years.

2. When does the program start?

Spring semester of each year. 

3. How many students will be admitted to the program each year?

24

4. Can pre-requisite coursework be in progress at the time of application?

Yes, the pre-requisite courses can be in progress at the time of application. If accepted to the program, course completion with a grade of "C" or better will be verified.

5. What degree will I have at the end of the program?

Graduates of the program will be awarded an Associate in Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.  However, earning the AS degree does not automatically entitle the graduate to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  The graduate must apply for permission to sit for the California State Board Examination and pass in order to gain licensure in the state of California.

6. What does a Physical Therapist Assistant do?

Perform patient interventions in the form of treatment for various disabilities and age ranges, under the direction of a physical therapist.  These interventions may include therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, physical agents (such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound) and mobility training. Physical therapy is intended to increase patient safety and independence, decrease pain, facilitate healing and promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent injury and disease.

7. What is the difference between Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Physical Therapy Aides or Technicians?

A physical therapist is responsible for managing all aspects of the physical therapy care of each patient.  A physical therapist shall provide:  initial evaluation, periodic reevaluation, and discharge evaluation for each patient and associated documentation.  A physical therapist shall assure the qualifications of all physical therapist assistants and physical therapy aides under his or her direction and supervision.  A physical therapist shall provide all of the therapeutic intervention that requires the expertise of a physical therapist and shall determine the use of physical therapist assistants or physical therapy aides that provides for the delivery of service that is safe, effective, and efficient for each patient. Physical therapists education requires a bachelor's degree (4 years) followed by completeion of a physical therapy program (usually 3 years), and the degree achieved is a doctoral degree. Physical therapists take a national licensure exam that qualifies them to work in any state in the US.

See question 6 for the role of a physical therapist assistant. Physical therapist assistant education is typically around two years, and the degree acheived is an associates degree. Physical therapist assistants take a national licensure exam that qualifies them to work in any state in the US.

A physical therapist may use a physical therapy aide for designated routine tasks in the clinic.  A physical therapy aide shall work under the on-site supervision of a physical therapist who is continuously on-site and present in the facility. Physical therapy aide positions typically require a high school diploma, and on-site job training is provided.

For further information regarding physical therapy practice, please consult the Physical Therapy Examining Committee Model Practice Act for Physical Therapy, 3rd edition.  This document can be found at the following web site:  https://www.fsbpt.org/.  The website for the Physical Therapy Examining Committee is https://www.ptbc.ca.gov/.

8. How are students selected for the program?

The application period will open each year on August 15. Students are selected through a random lottery.

9. What are the career opportunities for Physical Therapist Assistants?

A licensed Physical Therapist Assistant can work in a variety of settings under the direction of a Physical Therapist such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, pediatric treatment units and outpatient clinics.  Currently the job market is excellent. Please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information: https://www.bls.gov/oes/2016/may/oes312021.htm#ind

10. Are there any physical requirements of the PTA Program? 

Please view the essential functions of the program by clicking here. 

11. Do I need to complete the GE requiremnts before entering the program?

Please refer to the program sequence under the "Program" tab for a list of the GE courses required for graduation. While all GE coursework can be completed in conjunction with the program coursework as indicated in the program sequence, any or all of the GE coursework can also be completed before entering the program in order to lighten the academic load while in the program. A Mendocino College counselor can answer all question related to GE coursework, including determining if courses from other institutions will transfer and meet graduation requirements for the PTA Program.

12. Should I meet with a Mendocino College counselor before I apply to the program?

Yes! The Mendocino College counselors can help you determine the best path to entering the PTA Program and answer any question you may have related to pre-requisite coursework, GE coursework and graduation requirements. It is highly recommended that all students meet with a Mendocino College counselor early in the preparation for applying to the PTA Program.

Faculty   |

Program Director

Picture: Sara Bogner

Sara Bogner, PT, MS PT

Sara Bogner has been a physical therapist in Ukiah and other Northern California areas for the past 19 years. She graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Exercise and Movement Science and then attended PT school at Regis University in Denver, CO. She has worked with a wide variety of patients in almost every PT setting out there. She began teaching Anatomy at Mendocino College in 2016 and has been instrumental in the development of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Sara loves the energy and enthusiasm of students and is excited to be able to help them reach their educational goals. If she’s not in her office or classroom, you can probably find her chasing around her three kids or running on the track, streets or hills of Ukiah.

Director of Clinical Education

Picture: Joe Munoz

Joseph Munoz, PT, DPT

Joseph Munoz has been a practicing Physical Therapist for nearly 15 years now and has lived in the Ukiah area since 2004. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from CSU Bakersfield and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University. Joe is excited about the ne PTA program and the opportunity to help individuals pursue a career of service to others in a profession that has given him so much. He has primarily worked in the outpatient setting at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley dealing with orthopedic pathologies, post-surgical rehabilitation, sports related injuries, work related injuries, and neurological conditions. When not in the clinic, you will find Joe spending time with his family and on the soccer field coaching the youth of Mendocino County.​

Adjunct Faculty

Andrea Ecsedy, PT, DPT 
Neurologic Clinical Specialist

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Andrea Ecsedy currently works SavaSeniorCare Consulting, LLC as the National Director of Evidence-based Practice. Dr. Ecsedy has 34 years of clinical experience and has been a Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist for 25 years. She presently serves as content expert for the Neurological Clinical Specialist Exam committee. She owned a private practice for 8 years with emphasis on treating the neurological client, prior to that she worked in the acute rehabilitation setting. Dr. Ecsedy has a published article on the topic of constraining movement to improve gait in stroke patients, she was also a co- contributor to the Rancho Los Amigos Gait Analysis Handbook. Her clinical focus has been in the areas of balance and vestibular dysfunction, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury. She has extensive teaching background to include guest lecturing at several physical therapy programs as well as teaching a multitude of continuing education courses on topics of gait analysis, spasticity management and electrical stimulation.

Andrea loves the outdoors. She is an avid back packer, skier and bike rider. She loves to spend time with her family and her golden doodle Toldi.

Andrea can be reached at aecsedy@mendocino.edu.

Emily Pedersen, PT, DPT 

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Emily Pedersen is a local physical therapist in Ukiah Valley. Graduating from The Masters University with a BS in Kinesiology, Emily then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge in 2015. Since becoming a licensed physical therapist, Emily has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient rehabilitation, skilled rehab/post acute, and aquatic therapy.

Emily is currently serving the Geriatric population in a skilled rehab facility and has been a vital contributor to St Augustine DPT internship programs. Emily has provided a preceptorship to several students through this program. The juxtaposition of student teaching within the geriatric population provides Emily with a balance of youthfulness and energy, adding an immeasurable quality of life for not only her patients but for herself as well.

Emily began teaching Human Biology at Mendocino College in 2019 and is looking forward to being apart of the upcoming PTA program. When she isn’t working, Emily enjoys an active lifestyle outdoors where you can find her open water swimming, biking, camping, surfing with her husband on the coast, and walking her dog Lucy in the vineyards.

Emily can be reached at ebruton@mendocino.edu

Eve Makdisi, PT, DPT

Eve Makdisi is a pediatric physical therapist and is currently working towards acquiring her pediatric clinical specialty (PCS).  She moved to Ukiah with her family August of 2016 and works for Adventist Health Ukiah Valley where she sees children in the clinic and in the pool.  She is working with Seabiscuit Therapeutic Riding Center to develop a Hippotherapy program. 

Eve graduated from UC Davis in 2008 with a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior before attending the joint program between UCSF and SFSU where she earned her masters and doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Eve has always been passionate about neuroplasticity and learning.  Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and baking.

Eve can be reached at emakdisi@mendocino.edu

Marcee Martinez, PT, MPT

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Marcee Martinez has been practicing physical therapy for the past 24 years, primarily in Redding, California. She has experience in neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics (including hippo therapy), and for the past 16 years in sports medicine and outpatient orthopedics. She is now the Director for the Shasta College Physical Therapist Assistant program and is working in collaboration with Mendocino College for the development and implementation of both PTA programs.

Marcee received her BA in Exercise Science from Sonoma State University, her MPT from Samuel Merritt University and is currently pursuing her DPT/Ed.D from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is excited and honored to be a part of the PTA programs at Shasta and Mendocino Colleges and to be able to impart her enthusiasm and excitement for this profession to a new generation of upcoming clinicians.

Marcee is an avid outdoor enthusiast and adrenaline junkie – she enjoys mountain biking, skiing, back- and bike-packing, rock climbing, and big roller coasters. Her biggest challenge however, is keeping up with her competitive gymnast daughter, who is never still or upright.

Marcee can be reached at mmartinez@shastacollege.edu

Dustin Meier, PTA, BS

Dustin is a native of the Ukiah area and has been a practicing PTA since 2005. Dustin is a graduate of Western Institute of Science Health (A.S. PTA, 2005) and of PIMA Medical Institute (B.S. PTA, 2018).  Dustin has spent his career working with a variety of patients in a wide range of settings including: home health, skilled nursing, acute care and most recently in outpatient PT at Mendocino Physical Therapy.  Dustin is excited for this opportunity to share the knowledge he has gained with future students and help them achieve their educational goals. 

Dustin can be reached at dmeier@mendocino.edu

Robert Merritt, PT

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Bob Merritt has been a practicing physical therapist for 43 years, 33 years of it here in Ukiah.  Bob Graduated from Loma Linda University with a BS in physical therapy, serving there as  Staff Physical Therapist, Senior Therapist in Orthopedics, Assistant Director of Physical Therapy, and PT faculty  from 1978-1986.

Bob currently serves as Assistant Director of Physical Therapy at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley.  Having spent 43 years with a case load of trauma, sports and work related injuries and general  orthopedics, Bob is excited to be returning to the classroom and working with the PTA program in helping students develop and polish their treatment skills in these areas.  

When not at work at the school, you will find Bob with his friends and physical therapy staff at the hospital OP department and health club PT office,  and with his wife Debbie pursuing church and social activities locally.

Bob can be reached at bmerritt@mendocino.edu

Jeff McCormick, PT, MSPT

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Jeff McCormick has been a physical therapist for the last 12 years practicing first in the Boston area, then Davis, CA and now in Redding, CA. He has been in Redding since 2012 He graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Rhetoric and Communication. After working as a business owner and campus minister for 6 years, he subsequently met his “wife to be” while she was in medical school in Davis.  Studying with her reminded him of his interest in the human body and movement.  So, he decided to go back to school to become a Physical Therapist. He graduated in 2006 from Boston University.  While in PT school, he worked as a Teaching Fellow in Gross Anatomy Lab which exposed his love for teaching. He is excited to be an instructor in the PTA program as he loves helping students discover their focus in the realm of physical therapy.  His initial PT jobs were focused in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on injury prevention and injury recovery for athletes.  When not teaching or working, Jeff is most often found on the tennis courts pursuing his latest athletic endeavor or traveling with and coaching his kids in soccer.

Jeff can be reached at jmccormick@shastacollege.edu

Contact   |

Sara Bogner, MS PT
PTA Program Director
sbogner@mendocino.edu
707-467-1062
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

Joseph Munoz, PT, DPT
PTA Director of Clinical Education
jmunoz@mendocino.edu
707-467-1064
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

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