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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Frequently Asked Questions

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PTA Program

Are the On-Campus and Online PTA Programs accredited?

Yes. Both PTA programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)through 2019. You may contact CAPTE at the following address and phone number for clarification:

Department of Accreditation
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Mr. Doug Clarke (1-800-999-2782 ext. 3241)-PTA Liaison to CAPTE

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How do I schedule the HOBET V admissions exam at SJC if I live in another state? Can I schedule it myself and have the scores transferred to the PTA Program?

No. You must schedule the HOBET V exam through the testing center at SJC. You may contact them through the e-mail address listed below. Please Contact the SJC testing center immediately for the PTAP HOBET V deadlines, for registration and test dates.

testingcenter@sanjuancollege.edu

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Can I take the HOBET V admissions exam more than once?

Yes, you can. However, we do not recommend taking it more than two times and you can only take it once/semester. We will take the highest score for inclusion in the overall score for the applicant criteria.

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Is there a study guide for the HOBET V? Do I have to take this exam if I have a degree from another college?

There are several study guides available, online. We have provided some examples, but the choice is up to you. We do not suggest any one type of study guide, but ensure that the study guide is for the HOBET V version.

Free http://www.studyguidezone.com/pdfs/hobetteststudyguide.pdf
$19.95 http://www.kelsompublications.com/hobet
$25.00 http://amazon.com
$39.95 http://www.testprepsecrets.com

Yes, the HOBET V admissions exam is part of the entrance criteria and all applicants to the PTA program must complete it.

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How do I find my SJC username and password?

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/4017.asp

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How do I find and access my SJC portal?

https://mysjc.sanjuancollege.edu

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How do I find out about payment options for tuition, etc.?

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/3397.asp

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How do I find out what textbooks I need for my classes?

http://bookstore.sanjuancollege.edu

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How do I access the SJC academic calendar including current refund rates, deadlines, etc.?

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/calendar

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How do I access the Financial Aid Office?

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/3276.asp

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What are the tuition and fees at SJC?

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/139.asp

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How do I access Web Advisor to register for classes, drop classes, etc.?
I have all of my prerequisite courses completed at another college or university. When can I apply to the program?

You may not have all of them completed. First of all, any anatomy and physiology (A & P) classes taken, must be current within five years, or they will not transfer. In addition, you need to complete both A & P I and II to transfer for the BIOL 112 course. A & P I and II or BIOL 112, must be taken before you can take PTAP 116. Both BIOL 112 and PTAP 116 are non-transferable to another college. PTAP 116 must be taken through SJC, during the spring/summer or fall semester in which you are applying to the PTA program. There is no substitute class that will transfer in place of PTAP 116.

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What are the benefits of attending the PTA Program at San Juan College?

Value! San Juan College (SJC) offers a state-of-the-art lab with four dedicated full-time faculty. SJC has one of the first online PTA programs in the nation accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). San Juan College is located in Farmington, NM in the Four Corners Area, where NM adjoins CO, AZ, and UT. Tuition at SJC is $47 per credit hour (tuition and fees) for residents and $115 per credit hour (tuition and fees) for non-residents.

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Is the Online PTA Program completely online?

No. The Online Program requires students to be at San Juan College approximately nine to sixteen days per PTA lab course toward the end of each semester, including weekends. For the first year, online students are required to be at SJC approximately nine days in April for PTAP 125, nine days in July for PTAP 150, and sixteen days in November for PTAP 140 and PTAP 160. For the second year, online students are required to be at SJC approximately thirteen days in April for PTAP 210 and nine days in July for PTAP 250. In total, online students are required to be at SJC for approximately eight weeks over a two year period.

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What about lodging near San Juan College?

San Juan College does not have on-campus housing. Therefore, online students need to obtain area lodging. We do have an agreement with local hotels for a reduced rate. If accepted into the technical program, this information will be provided in the acceptance packet. More information about hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts can be obtained through the Directory at the Farmington Chamber of Commerce. For directions to San Juan College, click on Maps and Directions.

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When does the PTA Program start?

Both PTA programs start in January of each year. Students must complete the application packet before October 1st. All of the prerequisite courses must be completed before January (by the end of the fall semester) to be considered for the PTA program. Each program accepts 20 applicants every year. Applicants are ranked based on the following selection criteria: GPA in the Prerequisite Courses (65%), Admissions Exam Score (20%), Letters of Recommendations (15%), New Mexico Resident Credit (5%) and a Re-Applicant Credit (1%) for applicants re-applying due to being previously placed on a waiting list to enter the program.

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Are the prerequisite courses available online?

All of the prerequisite courses are available online through San Juan College. If applying to the online program, it is strongly recommended that you take most of the prerequisites, online, through San Juan College. This will ensure transfer of classes and help you become familiar with the online class process in ANGEL.

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How do I apply?

Print the PTA Program application from the website. Follow the checklist provided on the first page of the application. All of the application material must be received by the PTA Program before October 1st. You are strongly encouraged to call the PTA Program at (505) 566-3425, in September, to verify that your application is on-track for completion.

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Can the programs be completed at my own pace?

No. The courses for both PTA programs must be taken in the scheduled sequence.

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Can clinical externships be completed on my schedule and part-time?

No. Clinical externships will be set up by the program's academic coordinator of clinical education (ACCE), once you have been accepted into the technical program in January. You will receive instructions in the process, at that time. There are three full-time (a minimum of 40 hours/week) clinical externships. All externships may be completed near a student’s place of residence, if a legal clinical contract can be established between the physical therapy facility and San Juan College. A student cannot complete any clinical rotation within a facility where they are currently or have been employed. Since the externships are a requirement of graduation, you must make arrangements to complete them in a full-time format.

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Can I be exempt from any PTA courses if I have a previous degree in athletic training or related field?

No. The coursework in the PTA program at San Juan College is specifically designed for physical therapist assistants. For example, if you have taken kinesiology for your previous degree, you must still take clinical kinesiology in our program. PTAP 125 Clinical Kinesiology focuses on kinesiology related to physical therapy.

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Am I considered a resident of New Mexico?

Students are classified as resident or non-resident based on the information provided on the initial admission application to San Juan College. To be considered a resident, you must reside in the state for 12 consecutive months previous to your enrollment. If questions are raised while completing the admission application, additional documentation is required and includes such things as a NM driver’s license, car registration, voter registration, payment of NM income tax, bank accounts, etc. Students who are considered a resident of New Mexico will receive a 5 point credit in the selection criteria.

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What other fees do I need to know about related to the PTA Program?

The PTA Program charges a non-refundable program fee of $150 per semester for the On-Campus Program and $250 per semester for the Online Program.

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I have a degree. Can my transfer credits meet all of the PTA program prerequisites?

No. Your transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine which courses are transferable to SJC and if any courses might be substituted for a prerequisite course for the PTA Program. The admissions office at San Juan College will make the final determination regarding the classes that will be accepted for transfer.

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Can I test or CLEP out of any classes?

No. Since our acceptance criteria is based on your overall GPA in the prerequisite courses, you must have a grade for every class you would like us to consider for transfer. In addition, you cannot substitute any classes taken through a vo-tech or massage therapy program.

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When do I find out if I was accepted into the technical program?

In mid-December, once fall semester final grades are posted for all applicants, students are ranked according to the selection criteria. The PTA Program accepts the top 20 applicants for both programs and places the remaining top five students on an alternate list. An online student on the alternate list may choose to switch to the on-campus program, if there are openings in the on-campus program. If you are on the alternate list, for either program, and a seat opens up, you will be notified within two weeks of the beginning of the technical program.

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Can I take some of my prerequisite classes during the final fall semester at another college or university?

No. If you take any courses through another educational institution the final fall semester, you will not have enough time to submit official college transcripts to SJC, once official grades are posted. The final grades must be available by December 13, to make the final determination for the 20 applicants accepted to the technical program beginning in January.

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I do not have any college level courses and need to complete all of my prerequisite courses. What do I need to do?

You will need apply to the college and submit official copies of your high school transcripts or GED examination scores to the admissions office at SJC. In addition, you will need to complete an Accuplacer exam for placement in courses within the college. You may need to take some developmental classes to prepare you for college courses. Once you have taken these courses, you will need to contact the PTA Program advisor at 505-566-3013, for additional assistance in advising. You may contact the online advisor for help in registering for the Accuplacer near a testing center where you live through the following e-mail: www.sanjuancollege.edu/onlineadvising.

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For more information, please call Sandra Sorrelhorse at 505-566-3562. Or send an email to pta@sanjuancollege.edu.