Physical Therapist Assistant Program to Move to Lackawanna’s Scranton Campus
SCRANTON, Pa. – Oct. 4, 2018 – Lackawanna College announced today that it will move its Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program to its main campus in Scranton in Fall 2019 to better align with the vision of the growing Allied Health Division of the College. The program, which originated at Lackawanna’s Lake Region Center in Hawley, will move to Tobin Hall with a new state-of-the-art lab, classroom, and office space.
“We are extremely proud of our PTA graduates and our program,” said Mark Volk, Lackawanna College President. “Relocating to the Scranton campus will open enrollment to an even larger population of students in this professionally and financially rewarding career field.”
Lackawanna’s PTA program proved to be successful at the College’s Lake Region Center with completion and job placement rates soaring above the national threshold. The program boasts a 100% employment rate for all graduates who have passed the national licensure exam and had a 92.3% licensure exam pass rate over the last two stabilized years, according to Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director, Kelly Musti, PT, DPT, GCS.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for physical therapist assistants was $57,430 in May 2017. The BLS also states that overall employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 30% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.
Moving the program to Scranton is expected to expand opportunities for enhanced inter-program collaboration along with providing the College with a greater footprint for recruiting. Lackawanna’s existing clinical relationships will not be impacted by the move.
“I am looking forward to the continued growth of the program and am excited about the additional opportunities for inter-professional collaboration to enhance our student’s overall experience,” said Musti. “We are thankful for the outpouring of community support that has surrounded this program and look forward to maintaining those relationships in our new location.”
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lackawanna College 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: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 570-226-4625 ext. 2604 or email email@example.com.
The PTA program is accepting applications for the 2019-20 academic year through June 30, 2019. Interested students should contact the Office of Admissions at (570) 961-7898 or visit www.lackawanna.edu.