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Villa Maria College Physical Therapist Assistant Students Achieve 100% First Time Passing Rate of National Physical Therapy Exam

By August 15, 2017Press Release

On July 6, 2017, 30 of the 32 graduates of Villa Maria College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program took the National Physical Therapy Exam. Exam results came in last week, and every Villa student received a passing grade on their first attempt.

The average first time passing rate for all candidates from all United States-accredited PTA programs is 89.3%, 10.7% lower than Villa’s first time passing rate. Additionally, Villa students earned an average score of 85.7%, compared to the national average of 83.5%.

“We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to every Villa student who took and passed the exam,” Kim Kotz, physical therapist assistant professor and academic coordinator of clinical education, and James Kelley, program director, said in a joint statement. “This success is a result of many factors, including a supportive instructional environment, quality clinical internship placements and mentoring, faculty led review classes, and the commitment and dedication of our graduates in preparing for this exam. While these exceptional results speak to the overall quality of Villa’s PTA Program, it is the effort and perseverance of the graduates that allows them to succeed.”

The two remaining May 2017 graduates plan to take the exam in October 2017.

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