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Physical Therapist Assistant

Are you looking for a rewarding career in health care and aspire to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives on a regular basis? If the idea of working with patients to help them return back to their prior level of mobility and function with physical therapy is appealing, then IOT’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program can put you on this path in just a short time.

This is a NEW HYBRID program! Hybrid education is a combination of convenient online learning and face-to-face classroom and lab experiences. The IOT hybrid programs were created to provide hands-on in-person training and a flexible schedule for students.

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Physical therapy program

Believing in Your Success

At IOT, we want to see you reach all of your learning and career goals, which is why we offer an integrated learning experience in the classroom, lab, and clinic to develop your application of knowledge, communication, ethical & legal judgment, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills

Your PTA education immerses you in the real world experience from day one in the classroom, so you can be ready for day one on the job.

Physical therapy student

Start your career helping patients improve mobility and function.

If you want to prepare for a career in health care, our physical therapist assistant (PTA) program could be right for you. As a PTA, your goal is to help patients return back to their prior level of mobility and function. The work is rewarding because you have the chance to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives on a regular basis.

Curriculum is designed to teach you the skills employers are looking for in a physical therapist, medical, or rehabilitation office. During the program, you’ll learn how to implement selected components of patient/client treatment, record data related to the treatment, and make modifications in selected treatments either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort.

Please review our Prospective Student Handout for our Clovis Main CampusModesto Branch Campus, or Redding Branch Campus.

Physical therapy students

Skills and knowledge areas of focus include:

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Pathophysiology
  • Physical Therapy Practice
  • Patient Management
  • Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic Interventions and Exercise
  • Pediatric, Geriatrics, and other Special Populations

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APTA Vision Statement

“Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”

What can I do with the Physical Therapist Assistant program?

As a graduate of IOT’s PTA program, you can take on a variety of exciting opportunities in this growing field. You’ll be able to work at:

  • Hospitals
  • Private Physical Therapy Offices
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Home Health Agencies
  • And more!
Physical therapy students

What Program Graduates Say

  • "The PTA program has provided me with the knowledge and resources to meet my career goals. This program will challenge students to get outside of their comfort zone and push themselves towards a rewarding profession in helping people."

    Brittanie Brantley, PTA, BS - Class of 2019 (Cohort 2)

  • "This program was timely and efficient while also preparing me properly for a career in PT regardless of setting."

    Michael Olmos - Class of 2019 (Cohort 1)

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Number of Students Enrolled: 36
Number of Students Graduated: 32
ACCSC Graduation Rate: 89%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 25
ACCSC Employment Rate: 78%
Employment Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the employment rate calculation, which have been waived for employment for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic employment rates.

Number of Graduates Taking Exam: 31
Number of Graduates Passing Exam: 21
ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: 68%

CAPTECohort 1 (2017-2019) /Cohort 2 (2018-2019) /Cohort 3 (2019-2020) /2-yr. Rate
Graduation Rate:94%94%97%94%
National Exam Pass Rate (Overall):78%82%74%84%
Employment Rate:100%100%

Acceptance and employment rates are available upon request to the Program Director. Licensure pass rate is based on those who successfully passed the NPTE exam. The two-year average licensure pass rate is based on two cohorts that have taken the test minus those that reported not wanting to attempt the exam for various reasons. The employment rate is based on graduates who sought employment and who were employed within one year following graduation.

Credit Hours: 65.5 semester credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Employment Rates for the Clovis Main Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto and Redding Branch Campuses are new and do not have data to report in 2021.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 92%
BPPE Placement Rate: 56%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

BPPE License Examination Pass Rate: 44%

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC CodeOccupation
31-2021Physical Therapist Assistants

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (559) 297-4500 or email adickerson@iot.edu.

If you would like to file a formal complaint about our Physical Therapist Assistant program, please use this form. The Institute of Technology does not permit retaliation against any person for filing a complaint.

Heather Porter

Heather Porter, MPT

In 2000, Heather received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno. Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings including Acute Inpatient, Rehabilitation, Home Health, and Skilled Nursing, however, her area of clinical expertise is Outpatient Orthopedic therapy, especially soft tissue mobilization for chronic pain. Additionally, she is an Equine Sports Massage Therapist and loves being anywhere around horses. Recently, Heather transitioned from clinical work to academia and is now the new Director of Clinical Education and instructor in the PTA program at the Institute of Technology, Clovis campus. Heather and her husband are kept very busy with their two daughters, two German shepherd puppies and tending to 2.5 acres in Clovis. Additionally, Heather enjoys Pilates, gardening, watching her girls play soccer and water polo, and traveling.

Ava E. Dickerson, PTA, DPT

Ava E Dickerson, PTA, DPT, was named Physical Therapy Assistant Program Director at the Institute of Technology, Clovis CA, in September of 2021. Ava received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Ava has more than fifteen years of experience in physical therapy, ten years as a Clinical Instructor, and loves education and training students. Her hobbies include running, hiking, working with children, and cooking.

Number of Students Enrolled: N/A
Number of Students Graduated: N/A
ACCSC Graduation Rate: N/A%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: N/A
ACCSC Placement Rate: N/A%
Number of Graduates Taking Exam: N/A
Number of Graduates Passing Exam: N/A
ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: N/A
Placement Rate Methodology: This is a new program at this campus.

Credit Hours: 65.5 semester credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Employment Rates for the Clovis Main Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto and Redding Branch Campuses are new and do not have data to report in 2021.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 92%
BPPE Placement Rate: 56%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

BPPE License Examination Pass Rate: 44%

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC CodeOccupation
31-2021Physical Therapist Assistants

Effective November 2, 2021, Institute of Technology – Modesto has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needed to contact the program/institution directly, please call (209) 572-7800 or email jjpacini@iot.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical courses. Achievement of Candidacy for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

If you would like to file a formal complaint about our Physical Therapist Assistant program, please use this form. The Institute of Technology does not permit retaliation against any person for filing a complaint.

Jimmy Pacini, PTA, MAEd Program Director

Jimmy Pacini, PTA, MAEd Program Director

Jimmy Pacini, PTA, MAEd, is a licensed physical therapist assistant and the Program Director for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. He has clinical experience in hospital-based outpatient care, specializing in orthopedic and neurological conditions. While working for Community Regional Medical Centers at Community Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, he was responsible for organizing clinical staff in-services as well as managing physical therapy aides. He became an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor and supervised PTA students for three years during his time at Community Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. His master’s degree is in adult education and training and he has previous experience in post-secondary education as he was an instructor for an aide training program as well as served as the Director of Clinical Education for two other PTA programs. Jimmy has been active in the APTA which has led to positions at the local district, state, and national levels. He has served in various roles such as San Joaquin Valley District PTA Representative, California PTA Caucus Representative, PTA Caucus Delegate, APTA Advocacy Awards Committee Member, and several other elected and appointed positions. He is also a member of the APTA Education, Neurology, and Orthopaedics Sections. His passion for professional advocacy has led to participation in several lobbying days at the state and national level as well as several speaking opportunities on current professional issues and ethics in physical therapy including at national APTA conferences.

Kate Salamon, Director of Clinical Education

Kate Salamon, Director of Clinical Education

Kate Salamon, PT, DPT, MPA has been a licensed physical therapist since 1972 and presently serves as Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since she was a student PT. At present, she is also a member of the Geriatric Section and has been a member of other clinical specialty groups in the past. She has published research and had the opportunity to present a research project at an APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Kate began her career as a pediatric physical therapist at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she also worked per diem for California Children’s Services. She has also practiced in acute care, outpatient departments, for school districts, home health, and has management experience from two different rehabilitation hospitals as well as owning her own physical therapy business. After achieving a master’s degree, Kate began her career in teaching. Prior to coming to IOT, she was part of both distance education as well as on ground PT programs which included serving as the Director of Clinical Education for two different PT educational programs. There have been changes in physical therapy since she began but the basic desire to care for others has always been foremost in practice for Kate. She continues to practice in home health on a per diem basis. Kate is excited to be part of IOT’s PTA program in Modesto. She is always eager to share knowledge of and enthusiasm for the profession to help students develop into excellent practitioners.

Number of Students Enrolled: N/A
Number of Students Graduated: N/A
ACCSC Graduation Rate: N/A%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: N/A
ACCSC Placement Rate: N/A%
Number of Graduates Taking Exam: N/A
Number of Graduates Passing Exam: N/A
ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: N/A
Placement Rate Methodology: This is a new program at this campus.

CAPTECohort 1 (2019-2021) /2-yr. Rate
Graduation Rate:95%N/A%
National Exam Pass Rate (Overall):82.4%N/A%
Employment Rate:N/A%N/A%

Acceptance and employment rates are available upon request to the Program Director. Licensure pass rate is based on those who successfully passed the NPTE exam. The two-year average licensure pass rate is based on two cohorts that have taken the test minus those that reported not wanting to attempt the exam for various reasons. The employment rate is based on graduates who sought employment and who were employed within one year following graduation. This program is new, employment and average two-year average rates are not available.

Credit Hours: 65.5 semester credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Employment Rates for the Clovis Main Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto and Redding Branch Campuses are new and do not have data to report in 2021.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 92%
BPPE Placement Rate: 56%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

BPPE License Examination Pass Rate: 44%

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC CodeOccupation
31-2021Physical Therapist Assistants

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at the Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly please call Joshua Green, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director at (530) 224-1000 or email: jgreen@iot.edu.

If you would like to file a formal complaint about our Physical Therapist Assistant program, please use this form. The Institute of Technology does not permit retaliation against any person for filing a complaint.

Jeff Hepburn

Jeff Hepburn, Physical Therapist Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Jeff Hepburn, PTA, is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and the Director of Clinical Education for the (PTA) program at the Redding Campus. He brings over ten years of clinical experience that includes Sports Medicine, Skilled Nursing, Long Term Care, Hand Therapy, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Home Healthcare, Manual Therapy, Acute Rehab, Orthopedics, and Aquatic Therapy. Jeff’s administration experience includes OSHA and Compliance officer, Consultant, Staff Development, Clinical Coordinator and Director of Rehabilitation. In his off time Jeff enjoys fitness, music, arts and spending time with family.

Josh Green, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director

Josh Green, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director

Joshua Green, PT, MAPT, is a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and the Program Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at the Redding Campus. He brings over twenty years of experience in the field including comprehensive outpatient orthopaedic, neurologic, sports and work hardening management. Additionally, he has extensive inpatient experience including acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, long term acute care, wound care, and bariatric management. When he is not developing the PTA Program for IOT Redding he is usually found on a soccer pitch where he coaches U11B and U19G soccer teams, referees locally from recreational play to semi-pro level matches, and enjoys multi-modal exercise.

Number of Students Enrolled: 36
Number of Students Graduated: 32
ACCSC Graduation Rate: 89%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 25
ACCSC Employment Rate: 78%
Employment Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the employment rate calculation, which have been waived for employment for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic employment rates.

Number of Graduates Taking Exam: 31
Number of Graduates Passing Exam: 21
ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: 68%

CAPTECohort 1 (2017-2019) /Cohort 2 (2018-2019) /Cohort 3 (2019-2020) /2-yr. Rate
Graduation Rate:94%94%97%94%
National Exam Pass Rate (Overall):78%82%74%84%
Employment Rate:100%100%

Acceptance and employment rates are available upon request to the Program Director. Licensure pass rate is based on those who successfully passed the NPTE exam. The two-year average licensure pass rate is based on two cohorts that have taken the test minus those that reported not wanting to attempt the exam for various reasons. The employment rate is based on graduates who sought employment and who were employed within one year following graduation.

Credit Hours: 65.5 semester credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Employment Rates for the Clovis Main Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto and Redding Branch Campuses are new and do not have data to report in 2021.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 92%
BPPE Placement Rate: 56%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

BPPE License Examination Pass Rate: 44%

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC CodeOccupation
31-2021Physical Therapist Assistants

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (559) 297-4500 or email adickerson@iot.edu.

If you would like to file a formal complaint about our Physical Therapist Assistant program, please use this form. The Institute of Technology does not permit retaliation against any person for filing a complaint.

Heather Porter

Heather Porter, MPT

In 2000, Heather received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno. Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings including Acute Inpatient, Rehabilitation, Home Health, and Skilled Nursing, however, her area of clinical expertise is Outpatient Orthopedic therapy, especially soft tissue mobilization for chronic pain. Additionally, she is an Equine Sports Massage Therapist and loves being anywhere around horses. Recently, Heather transitioned from clinical work to academia and is now the new Director of Clinical Education and instructor in the PTA program at the Institute of Technology, Clovis campus. Heather and her husband are kept very busy with their two daughters, two German shepherd puppies and tending to 2.5 acres in Clovis. Additionally, Heather enjoys Pilates, gardening, watching her girls play soccer and water polo, and traveling.

Ava E. Dickerson, PTA, DPT

Ava E Dickerson, PTA, DPT, was named Physical Therapy Assistant Program Director at the Institute of Technology, Clovis CA, in September of 2021. Ava received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Ava has more than fifteen years of experience in physical therapy, ten years as a Clinical Instructor, and loves education and training students. Her hobbies include running, hiking, working with children, and cooking.

Number of Students Enrolled: N/A
Number of Students Graduated: N/A
ACCSC Graduation Rate: N/A%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: N/A
ACCSC Placement Rate: N/A%
Number of Graduates Taking Exam: N/A
Number of Graduates Passing Exam: N/A
ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: N/A
Placement Rate Methodology: This is a new program at this campus.

Credit Hours: 65.5 semester credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Employment Rates for the Clovis Main Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto and Redding Branch Campuses are new and do not have data to report in 2021.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 92%
BPPE Placement Rate: 56%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

BPPE License Examination Pass Rate: 44%

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC CodeOccupation
31-2021Physical Therapist Assistants

Effective November 2, 2021, Institute of Technology – Modesto has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needed to contact the program/institution directly, please call (209) 572-7800 or email jjpacini@iot.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical courses. Achievement of Candidacy for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

If you would like to file a formal complaint about our Physical Therapist Assistant program, please use this form. The Institute of Technology does not permit retaliation against any person for filing a complaint.

Jimmy Pacini, PTA, MAEd Program Director

Jimmy Pacini, PTA, MAEd Program Director

Jimmy Pacini, PTA, MAEd, is a licensed physical therapist assistant and the Program Director for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. He has clinical experience in hospital-based outpatient care, specializing in orthopedic and neurological conditions. While working for Community Regional Medical Centers at Community Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, he was responsible for organizing clinical staff in-services as well as managing physical therapy aides. He became an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor and supervised PTA students for three years during his time at Community Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. His master’s degree is in adult education and training and he has previous experience in post-secondary education as he was an instructor for an aide training program as well as served as the Director of Clinical Education for two other PTA programs. Jimmy has been active in the APTA which has led to positions at the local district, state, and national levels. He has served in various roles such as San Joaquin Valley District PTA Representative, California PTA Caucus Representative, PTA Caucus Delegate, APTA Advocacy Awards Committee Member, and several other elected and appointed positions. He is also a member of the APTA Education, Neurology, and Orthopaedics Sections. His passion for professional advocacy has led to participation in several lobbying days at the state and national level as well as several speaking opportunities on current professional issues and ethics in physical therapy including at national APTA conferences.

Kate Salamon, Director of Clinical Education

Kate Salamon, Director of Clinical Education

Kate Salamon, PT, DPT, MPA has been a licensed physical therapist since 1972 and presently serves as Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since she was a student PT. At present, she is also a member of the Geriatric Section and has been a member of other clinical specialty groups in the past. She has published research and had the opportunity to present a research project at an APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Kate began her career as a pediatric physical therapist at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she also worked per diem for California Children’s Services. She has also practiced in acute care, outpatient departments, for school districts, home health, and has management experience from two different rehabilitation hospitals as well as owning her own physical therapy business. After achieving a master’s degree, Kate began her career in teaching. Prior to coming to IOT, she was part of both distance education as well as on ground PT programs which included serving as the Director of Clinical Education for two different PT educational programs. There have been changes in physical therapy since she began but the basic desire to care for others has always been foremost in practice for Kate. She continues to practice in home health on a per diem basis. Kate is excited to be part of IOT’s PTA program in Modesto. She is always eager to share knowledge of and enthusiasm for the profession to help students develop into excellent practitioners.

Number of Students Enrolled: N/A
Number of Students Graduated: N/A
ACCSC Graduation Rate: N/A%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: N/A
ACCSC Placement Rate: N/A%
Number of Graduates Taking Exam: N/A
Number of Graduates Passing Exam: N/A
ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: N/A
Placement Rate Methodology: This is a new program at this campus.

CAPTECohort 1 (2019-2021) /2-yr. Rate
Graduation Rate:95%N/A%
National Exam Pass Rate (Overall):82.4%N/A%
Employment Rate:N/A%N/A%

Acceptance and employment rates are available upon request to the Program Director. Licensure pass rate is based on those who successfully passed the NPTE exam. The two-year average licensure pass rate is based on two cohorts that have taken the test minus those that reported not wanting to attempt the exam for various reasons. The employment rate is based on graduates who sought employment and who were employed within one year following graduation. This program is new, employment and average two-year average rates are not available.

Credit Hours: 65.5 semester credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Employment Rates for the Clovis Main Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto and Redding Branch Campuses are new and do not have data to report in 2021.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 92%
BPPE Placement Rate: 56%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

BPPE License Examination Pass Rate: 44%

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC CodeOccupation
31-2021Physical Therapist Assistants

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at the Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly please call Joshua Green, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director at (530) 224-1000 or email: jgreen@iot.edu.

If you would like to file a formal complaint about our Physical Therapist Assistant program, please use this form. The Institute of Technology does not permit retaliation against any person for filing a complaint.

Jeff Hepburn

Jeff Hepburn, Physical Therapist Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Jeff Hepburn, PTA, is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and the Director of Clinical Education for the (PTA) program at the Redding Campus. He brings over ten years of clinical experience that includes Sports Medicine, Skilled Nursing, Long Term Care, Hand Therapy, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Home Healthcare, Manual Therapy, Acute Rehab, Orthopedics, and Aquatic Therapy. Jeff’s administration experience includes OSHA and Compliance officer, Consultant, Staff Development, Clinical Coordinator and Director of Rehabilitation. In his off time Jeff enjoys fitness, music, arts and spending time with family.

Josh Green, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director

Josh Green, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director

Joshua Green, PT, MAPT, is a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and the Program Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at the Redding Campus. He brings over twenty years of experience in the field including comprehensive outpatient orthopaedic, neurologic, sports and work hardening management. Additionally, he has extensive inpatient experience including acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, long term acute care, wound care, and bariatric management. When he is not developing the PTA Program for IOT Redding he is usually found on a soccer pitch where he coaches U11B and U19G soccer teams, referees locally from recreational play to semi-pro level matches, and enjoys multi-modal exercise.