PTA Accreditation Status

Physical Therapist Assistant TechnologyHolmes Community College (Holmes CC) is currently in the early development phase of seeking accreditation for a new Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) education program on their campus in Grenada.  Prior to graduation of the inaugural class, this PTA program must become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), whose address is 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Va.  22314.  The phone number for CAPTE is (703) 706-3245 and the web site can be found at www.apta.org. Accreditation is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) is the agency that accredits Holmes Community College. Holmes Community College was last accredited in 2006, receiving full, ten-year accreditation status. 

The plan is for the PTA Program to be compliant with accreditation criteria within two years or the length of the program, whichever is shorter. The program will notify students and institutional administration of any expected or unexpected substantive accreditation change(s) within the program. Likewise, institutional administration will notify the program of any expected or unexpected substantive accreditation change(s) or legal authority that will affect the program’s accreditation status.  The program will update its handbook and webpage accordingly.

If the faculty and administration determine at any point that accreditation standards cannot be met OR that serious deficiencies exist that will preclude accreditation within the tentative time frame, PTA classes will be suspended until these deficiencies are corrected. The PTA program has a contingency plan in place should this occur and will have students sign a waiver acknowledging this plan. Please feel free to ask any questions of the PTA faculty that may help you fully understand the contingency plan.