Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree
10-524-1

The physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a technically educated health provider who assists the physical therapist (PT) in the provision of physical therapy and may perform physical therapy interventions selected by the supervising PT. The PTA works under the direction and supervision of the PT, helping manage conditions such as back and neck injuries related to work and sports, and others. PTA’s work in a broad range of settings. Employment opportunities for PTA’s are located in hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing, sub acute, and long-term care facilities, home health agencies, schools, hospice, industrial health clinics, community health centers, fitness centers and sports training facilities, and colleges and universities.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate clear and collaborative communication with patients, families, and the health care team
  • Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect respect and sensitivity according to physical therapy practice standards
  • Function under the supervision of a physical therapist in a safe, legal ethical manner to ensure the safety of patients, self, and others throughout the clinical interaction
  • Produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to implement and modify treatment within a plan of care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
  • Perform data collection essential for carrying out the plan of care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist
  • Perform technically competent evidence-based interventions under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist
  • Educate patients, families and other health care providers
  • Integrate components of operational and fiscal practices of physical therapy service in a variety of settings
  • Implement a self-directed plan for career development, credentials and lifelong learning

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Plan of Study Grid
Courses taken before semester 1Credits
801-136 English Composition 1 3
801-198 Speech 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
804-134 Mathematical Reasoning 3
806-139 Survey Of Physics 3
 Credits16
Semester 1
524-139 PTA Patient Interventions 4
524-156 PTA Applied Kinesiology 1 4
524-157 PTA Applied Kinesiology 2 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
524-142 PTA Therapeutic Exercise 3
524-143 PTA Therapeutic Modalities 4
524-145 PTA Principles of Musculoskletal Rehabilitation 4
524-147 PTA Clinical Practice 1 2
 Credits13
Semester 3
524-140 PTA Professional Issues 1 2
524-144 PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 4
524-146 PTA Principles of Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Conditions 3
524-148 PTA Clinical Practice 2 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits15
Semester 4
524-149 PTA Rehab Across the Lifespan 2
524-150 PTA Professional Issues 2 2
524-151 PTA Clinical Practice 3 5
809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits70

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-198Speech3
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
809-172Introduction to Diversity Studies3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
806-179Advanced Anatomy and Physiology4