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January 19, 2015

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts gets accredited by CAPTE

In November 2014 Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) grants Gurnick's PTA Program accreditation. CAPTE is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

 “It has been a rewarding two years participating in the accreditation process.  All the work was clearly  worthwhile when this past November 2014, we saw our initial cohort of 19 students graduate from our newly accredited program.  We look forward to many more classes of graduates entering the workforce as Physical Therapist Assistants!‌‌‌‌‌” said Beverly Tong, PTA Program Director at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

The Commission comprises broad representation from the educational community, the physical therapy profession, and the public. Members include physical therapy educators who are basic scientists and academic administrators; physical therapy clinicians and clinical educators; administrators from institutions of higher education; and public representatives. CAPTE contact information is 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Gurnick’s Physical Therapist Assistant program is an Associate of Science Degree program. Its length is 80 weeks: 36 weeks of General Education and related science courses taken prior to enrolling at Gurnick Academy and 44 weeks of technical courses.

Graduation from an accredited PTA program allows the graduate to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for PTAs and the California Law Exam (CLE). Upon successful completion of these exams, the student will be licensed to practice in the State of California.

About Gurnick Academy

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts is a private academy offering quality allied-health and nursing programs operating 4 campuses in Northern California with locations in San Mateo, Modesto, Fresno and Concord. Gurnick offers such programs as: BSN (RN to BSN pathway), Vocational Nurse (LVN), Ultrasound Technology, Radiologic Technology, AS in MRI, Phlebotomy Technician, Psychiatric Technician, AS in Physical Therapist Assistant and Medical Assistant Program. Gurnick is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES).

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