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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.

PTA Financial Fact Sheet for our Clovis Main Campus, Redding Branch Campus and Modesto 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 at IOT is the real deal. It is not for someone who is trying to waste their time. If you want to succeed, you will succeed. The instructors for the program all bring in their personal experiences to give you some insight while sticking to the script of the textbooks."

    Matthew Montes – PTA, Class of 2021

  • "From start to finish, this program was the most challenging yet most rewarding experience in my career to date. Josh and the other instructors worked tirelessly to ensure we were faced with realistic challenges in order to prepare us for our futures in our profession. They challenged us to think out of the box and out of the book because, as I have learned, no two cases are alike."

    Shelbie Gratteau – PTA, Class of 2021

  • "When searching for a career I knew I wanted to do physical therapy but wasn’t sure where to start. IOT offered me a huge jump start in my career in just 18 months. If you’re wanting to be a PTA, DPT in the future, can’t get into a PT program, are a tech, and need the next step, this program is for you. I’m now working in acute care as a PTA and love my job, and how I’m helping my community."

    Julia Head – PTA, Class of 2022

Where Can I Study?

Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Number of Students Enrolled: 36

Number of Students Graduated: 29

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 83%

Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 27

ACCSC Employment Rate: 93%

Number of Graduates Taking Exam: 29

Number of Graduates Passing Exam: 27

ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: 93%

Employment Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, 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.

 

Clovis Campus Outcomes (CAPTE)
Data is calculated on a 2-year average based on CAPTE requirements.

CAPTE 2022 2023 2-Year Average
Graduation Rate 93.10% 87.90% 90.50%
First Time Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 56.70% 72.40% 64.40%
Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 76.70% 82.80% 79.60%
Employment Rate: Employment rate is calculated as the number of graduates employed as PTAs (full-time or part-time) compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation. 95% 88% 91%

 

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.

Note: The 2-year Average for Ultimate Licensure Pass Rate, Employment Rate and the 2023 Ultimate Pass Rate are not yet stabilized.

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

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2022 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2022.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
57%
BPPE Placement Rate: 75%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 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: 76%

 

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2021.

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
72%
BPPE Placement Rate: 86%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 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: 76%

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

SOC Code Occupation
31-2021 Physical 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.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director
Ava E. Dickerson, PTA

Ava E Dickerson, PTA, was named Physical Therapist 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.

Heather Porter

Director of Clinical Education
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.

 

Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

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: The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program has no data due to being a new program in 2021. Outcomes for the PTA program will be available after the annual report is submitted in October 2024.

 

Modesto Campus Outcomes (CAPTE)
Data is calculated on a 2-year average based on CAPTE requirements.
*This program is new with the first graduates in 2023, 2 years of data will be available in December 2024.

CAPTE 2022 2023 2-Year Average
Graduation Rate N/A* 95.5% N/A*
First Time Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. N/A* 62.5% N/A*
Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. N/A* 67.5% N/A*
Employment Rate: Employment rate is calculated as the number of graduates employed as PTAs (full-time or part-time) compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation. N/A* N/A* N/A*

 

 

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

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2022 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2022.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
57%
BPPE Placement Rate: 75%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 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: 76%

 

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2021.

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
72%
BPPE Placement Rate: 86%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 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: 76%

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

SOC Code Occupation
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Institute of Technology – Modesto 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 (209) 572-7800 or email mborges@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.

(TBD) Program Director

Insitute of Technology Modesto Campus

Director of Clinical Education
Michelle Borges, PT, MSPT

Physical Therapist with clinical experience in the medical and school-based settings. Professional physical therapy consultant for life-long care of patients. Experience includes analysis of diagnostic information for complex patients with multiple overlying diagnoses. Interprets and provides physical therapy diagnosis based on medical reports and evaluation findings to develop treatment plans, goals and recommendations for durable medical equipment for the home and community access. Extensive collaboration with physicians, specialty care neurologists, orthopedists, endocrinologists, psychiatrists and pharmacists who provide patient care and education. Clinical practice in Early Start home-based services, outpatient pediatrics, outpatient orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, in-patient acute, sub-acute, skilled nursing and long-term care facilities.

Possesses the following degrees and experiences: Master of Science Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Science Pre-Physical Therapy.

Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Number of Students Enrolled: 33

Number of Students Graduated: 17

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 52%

Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 14

ACCSC Placement Rate: 82%

Number of Graduates Taking Exam: 17

Number of Graduates Passing Exam: 15

ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: 88%

Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, 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.

 

Redding Campus Outcomes (CAPTE)
Data is calculated on a 2-year average based on CAPTE requirements.

CAPTE 2022 2023 2-Year Average
Graduation Rate: Graduation rate is based on the CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report formula. 95% 75% 85.0%
 First Time Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 79.0% 88.9% 82.14%
Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 94.7% 100% 96.4%
Employment Rate: Employment rate is calculated as the number of graduates employed as PTAs (full-time or part-time) compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation. 93.3% 100% 95.7%

 

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

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2022 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2022.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
57%
BPPE Placement Rate: 75%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 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: 76%

 

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2021.

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
72%
BPPE Placement Rate: 86%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 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: 76%

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

SOC Code Occupation
31-2021 Physical 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.

Josh Green, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director
Josh Green, PT, MAPT

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.

Physical Therapist Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Jeff Hepburn, PTA

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.

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Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Number of Students Enrolled: 36

Number of Students Graduated: 29

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 83%

Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 27

ACCSC Employment Rate: 93%

Number of Graduates Taking Exam: 29

Number of Graduates Passing Exam: 27

ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: 93%

Employment Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, 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.

 

Clovis Campus Outcomes (CAPTE)
Data is calculated on a 2-year average based on CAPTE requirements.

CAPTE 2022 2023 2-Year Average
Graduation Rate 93.10% 87.90% 90.50%
First Time Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 56.70% 72.40% 64.40%
Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 76.70% 82.80% 79.60%
Employment Rate: Employment rate is calculated as the number of graduates employed as PTAs (full-time or part-time) compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation. 95% 88% 91%

 

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.

Note: The 2-year Average for Ultimate Licensure Pass Rate, Employment Rate and the 2023 Ultimate Pass Rate are not yet stabilized.

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

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2022 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2022.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
57%
BPPE Placement Rate: 75%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 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: 76%

 

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2021.

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
72%
BPPE Placement Rate: 86%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 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: 76%

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

SOC Code Occupation
31-2021 Physical 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.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director
Ava E. Dickerson, PTA

Ava E Dickerson, PTA, was named Physical Therapist 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.

Heather Porter

Director of Clinical Education
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.

 

Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

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: The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program has no data due to being a new program in 2021. Outcomes for the PTA program will be available after the annual report is submitted in October 2024.

 

Modesto Campus Outcomes (CAPTE)
Data is calculated on a 2-year average based on CAPTE requirements.
*This program is new with the first graduates in 2023, 2 years of data will be available in December 2024.

CAPTE 2022 2023 2-Year Average
Graduation Rate N/A* 95.5% N/A*
First Time Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. N/A* 62.5% N/A*
Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. N/A* 67.5% N/A*
Employment Rate: Employment rate is calculated as the number of graduates employed as PTAs (full-time or part-time) compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation. N/A* N/A* N/A*

 

 

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

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2022 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2022.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
57%
BPPE Placement Rate: 75%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 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: 76%

 

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2021.

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
72%
BPPE Placement Rate: 86%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 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: 76%

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

SOC Code Occupation
31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Institute of Technology – Modesto 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 (209) 572-7800 or email mborges@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.

(TBD) Program Director

Insitute of Technology Modesto Campus

Director of Clinical Education
Michelle Borges, PT, MSPT

Physical Therapist with clinical experience in the medical and school-based settings. Professional physical therapy consultant for life-long care of patients. Experience includes analysis of diagnostic information for complex patients with multiple overlying diagnoses. Interprets and provides physical therapy diagnosis based on medical reports and evaluation findings to develop treatment plans, goals and recommendations for durable medical equipment for the home and community access. Extensive collaboration with physicians, specialty care neurologists, orthopedists, endocrinologists, psychiatrists and pharmacists who provide patient care and education. Clinical practice in Early Start home-based services, outpatient pediatrics, outpatient orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, in-patient acute, sub-acute, skilled nursing and long-term care facilities.

Possesses the following degrees and experiences: Master of Science Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Science Pre-Physical Therapy.

Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Number of Students Enrolled: 33

Number of Students Graduated: 17

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 52%

Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 14

ACCSC Placement Rate: 82%

Number of Graduates Taking Exam: 17

Number of Graduates Passing Exam: 15

ACCSC License Examination Pass Rate: 88%

Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, 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.

 

Redding Campus Outcomes (CAPTE)
Data is calculated on a 2-year average based on CAPTE requirements.

CAPTE 2022 2023 2-Year Average
Graduation Rate: Graduation rate is based on the CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report formula. 95% 75% 85.0%
 First Time Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 79.0% 88.9% 82.14%
Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate: Licensure pass rate is taken from data reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 94.7% 100% 96.4%
Employment Rate: Employment rate is calculated as the number of graduates employed as PTAs (full-time or part-time) compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation. 93.3% 100% 95.7%

 

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

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2022 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2022.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
57%
BPPE Placement Rate: 75%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 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: 76%

 

The performance numbers listed here represent the 2021 Graduation and Placement Rates for the Clovis Main Campus and Redding Branch Campus. The PTA program at the Modesto Branch Campus is new and does not have data to report for 2021.

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
72%
BPPE Placement Rate: 86%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 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: 76%

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

SOC Code Occupation
31-2021 Physical 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.

Josh Green, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director
Josh Green, PT, MAPT

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.

Physical Therapist Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Jeff Hepburn, PTA

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.