Academic Maps The University’s Physical Therapist Assistant program provides a new option for local residents who want to pursue healthcare careers close to home. The program received its full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education [CAPTE] in Fall 2013 following a two-year accreditation process. Its first cohort of students graduated in December 2013. Program Director Christopher Rolon developed the Associate degree program and brought it through the two-year accreditation process. The PTA program will allow the University to offer more instruction in the STEM areas; careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the largest growing job sector in Maine.
The mission of the UMPI PTA program is to provide a comprehensive and rigorous educational experience where students are committed to excellence, professional development and lifelong learning. Our graduates will be prepared to become licensed physical therapist assistants and provide ethical, high quality, services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Our program is committed to public service and meeting the needs of the Aroostook County region through educational and service driven partnerships with community employers, schools, and organizations.
Current High School Students
High school juniors and seniors interested in UMPI PTA are urged to take courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, writing and math. Students finishing their high school senior year should contact UMPI’s Admissions Office prior to graduation and complete a university application. Once the high school student has been accepted to UMPI, he/she should contact the PTA program director to discuss the program and prepare for the first semester at college. High school graduates planning to register for human anatomy and physiology (Bio 261) during the first fall semester of general education are expected to prepare for this course through self-directed study over the summer. In order to complete this preparation, the student will need to purchase the workbook “Get Ready for A&P” 3rd ed. by Lori K. Garrett available online at http://www.mypearsonstore.com/bookstore/get-ready-for-ap-0321813367.
You should choose the third option (Premium Website with Pearson eText-Instant Access–for Get Ready for A&P, 3rd Edition). This does not expire and it has both the eBook and the quizzes. (First one-Premium Website has only the quizzes and the Subscription is only the eBook). Once the student has completed the workbook, he/she needs to take and pass the book’s cumulative post-test with an 80%. Results of each student’s post-test need to be sent to the PTA program director at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc’d to professional advisor Shara Page at email@example.com PRIOR to the start of the fall semester.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.