Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate Degree

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

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Courses taken before semester 1Credits
801-195 Written Communication 3
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
806-139 Survey Of Physics 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
Semester 1
524-139 PTA Patient Interventions 4
524-156 PTA Applied Kinesiology 1 4
524-157 PTA Applied Kinesiology 2 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
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
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
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
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
 Total Credits70

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-196Oral/Interpersonal Communication3
804-107College Mathematics3
806-139Survey Of Physics3
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
809-166Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application3
809-172Introduction to Diversity Studies3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Physical Therapy Assistant Career Path (PDF).