Physical therapist assistant offered at WGTC

by Celia Shortt

West Georgia Technical College’s Coweta Campus is bringing new industry and programs to the area, including a brand new physical therapist assistant program.

Director of the program Dr. Charlene Portee has been a physical therapist for almost 30 years and is passionate about what she does.

“I enjoy education and have a passion for physical therapy,” she said.

Portee worked at the University of North Georgia and Chattahoochee Tech before coming to West Georgia Technical College.

“I’m a believer that when you do something, you give your best,” she said. “That is what I’m giving to the students, the best physical therapist assistant program in Georgia and the nation. With the future of healthcare, I think a physical therapist assistant degree will be key in guiding physical therapy.”

With WGTC’s program, students will be in school for two years and then be ready to work and benefit the community. They will be available sooner and at a lower cost for healthcare than a fully licensed physical therapist.

Currently, five physical therapist assistant programs are in the state of Georgia, with two other programs developing. WGTC’s is one of the two developing programs, and the only program in the southern metro Atlanta area toward Central Georgia.

“I would recommend that for those who are interested in what a physical therapist does, they should get a good idea of what is expected with that job and this program. They should do an assessment - does this fit with who they are and what they want to be?” Portee added.

WGTC’s program is set to start in fall of 2014 and will be academically competitive. The top 12 applicants will be admitted to the program. Upon completing the program, students will need to take the licensure exam. Since the program does not start until next year, students who are interested in applying should work on completing their pre-requisite courses by May 22 of next year.

Comprehensive information about the physical therapist assistant program at WGTC can be found on their website.



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