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Salt Lake Community College Graduates PTAs

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Salt Lake Community College held a completion ceremony for its physical therapist assistant program Dec. 19 at the college's Health Sciences Center Auditorium and Atrium.

The graduating class had 19 graduates, five of whom received perfect 4.0 grade point averages in coursework for their two-year degrees. "We get really great students in the program," said Diana Ploeger, SLCC health sciences professor. "The physical therapy program has exacting standards and rigorous prerequisite requirements. Our students enter with a strong knowledge base, and they leave well prepared. They're professional, highly qualified, and interact well with patients and other professionals."

Students receive an associate of applied science degree in the physical therapy assistant program. "Every graduating student looking for a job as a physical therapy professional gets one," Ploeger said. "We have a good group of students who really helped each other academically. It was rewarding to see them develop into caring professionals, to learn to look beyond themselves, in the program."

The college's PTA program consists of 5 semesters of theory, laboratory and clinical courses. All graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant exam offered by the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy.

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