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Certification, Accreditation & Professional Organizations

 

Accrediting Organization
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lorain County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: CAPTE. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 440-366-7881 or email jmyers@lorainccc.edu.

Licensing Organization
The agency responsible for PTA licensing is the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board (OTPTAT Board).

Professional organizations for graduates

Student organizations

  • Physical Therapist Assistant Association

Public Comment Policy

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lorain County Community College engages in a process of continuous assessment and improvement. As part of that process comments, valid suggestions, ideas, and constructive criticism are considered.

Persons already associated with the program, faculty, students, prospective students, clinical faculty and sites, and others have due process and grievance procedures available as noted in the Policy on Complaint Handling, and college due process/grievance procedures (LCCC Catalog, College Student Handbook, PTA Program Student Handbook, PTA Program Policy and Procedures Manual). However, individuals in the community who do not have a formal affiliation with this institution or program are also welcome to provide comments according to the following policy.

  1. This process is only for comments or concerns that cannot be addressed by existing grievance/due process procedures described in the LCCC catalog, Faculty Reference Guide, College Student Handbook, PTA Program Student Handbook, or PTA Program Policy and Procedures Manual.
  2. Comments must be provided in writing and signed by the author. Anonymous submissions will not be acknowledged, considered or investigated; nor will written comments provided on behalf of an anonymous source. A valid method to contact the author must be provided (phone, email, address).
  3. Comments must be submitted to the following:

    PTA Program Director
    Lorain County Community College
    HS 223
    1005 Abbe Rd. North
    Elyria, OH 44035

  4. The PTA Program Director shall respond to all comments within 10 working business days to further investigate, discuss, acknowledge receipt, or resolve the issue. If satisfactory follow-up or resolution is not or can not be reached at this level, appeal may be made to the Dean of Health and Wellness Sciences within 5 business working days. The Dean shall respond within 10 working business days and if satisfactory resolution is not or can not be reached, appeal may be made to the Office of the Provost within 5 business working days. The decision of the Provost will be final. Neither the Dean nor the Provost will become involved until all attempts to resolve the issue with the Program Director have been exhausted.
  5. Records of all comments will be confidentially maintained by the Program Director for five (5) years. These records are not open to the public but are available to accrediting agencies of the college.

How To File A Complaint With CAPTE

CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs (PT or PTA) that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE’s Standards and Required Elements or has violated any of CAPTE’s expectations related to academic integrity.

CAPTE will not consider complaints that fall outside its jurisdiction/authority as expressed in the Evaluative Criteria (or Standards and Elements, as appropriate) and the academic integrity statements. When appropriate, complainants will be referred to other organizations to pursue their concern(s).

CAPTE will not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for faculty members or students in matters of admission, retention, appointment, promotion, or dismissal. CAPTE will take action only when it believes practices or conditions indicate the program may not be in compliance with the Evaluative Criteria for Accreditation (or the Standards and Required Elements, as appropriate) or the statements listed above.

To obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at 703/706-3245 or at accreditation@apta.org.

Federal Financial Aid Information

Federal code 668.43(a)(5)(v)

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands secondary to it accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education based on the following: Accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program by CAPTE satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in  all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website