Calhoun's Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates Excel on Licensure Exam


Calhoun Community College officials today announced that its most recent class of graduates from the college’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program performed well on their recent licensure exam, with a 95% passage rate.  This marks the second consecutive year graduates of the program have done well, outscoring their counterparts nationally.

According to Bret McGill, dean of the college’s Health Sciences division, 21 students graduated in May from the PTA program. Of that number, 19 took the licensure exam, with 18 passing on their first attempt.  Calhoun’s 95% passage rate significantly exceeds the national first time passage rate of 82%.  "We are extremely proud of the success of these recent graduates from our PTA program,” said McGill. “This very noteworthy accomplishment is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of both the students and faculty, and they are to be commended," McGill added.

Heather Mackrell, PTA program director, says that there are currently 45 students enrolled in the program.  “We have 24 new students and 21 second year students with us this semester,” commented Mackrell.  Calhoun’s Physical Therapist Assistant program began in 2009.  This most recent class of graduates represents the second graduating class from the program.

For more information on the Physical Assistant Therapist program at Calhoun, visit the college’s website at or call 256/306-2805.

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