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Physical Therapist Assistant

Health Norm JohnsonProgram Director Norman Johnson 
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Printable Physical Therapist Factsheet (PDF)

 
 

BOYCE             
Associate of Science (628.1)

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare graduates to perform physical therapy procedures and related tasks under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.  Graduates complete a minimum of 784 hours of supervised clinical experience that is coordinated with 450 hours of classroom learning.  The physical therapist assistant (PTA) performs a variety of treatment procedures in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, schools, patient homes, sports medicine clinics and private practices.  Through the utilization of therapeutic modalities and exercise, and other techniques, physical therapy aids patients in the relief of pain and discomfort as well as assisting the disabled in restoring optimal functioning.

Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors.  Students must make separate application to the program. Applicants should have a successful record of achievement in high school courses or develop these skills prior to program admission.  Students must also meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of  BIO-151 General Biology 1 or BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703.684.2782, www.apta.org.

Graduates of this accredited program will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistant Registration administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the registration examination or obtain state licensure.  A majority of the states require a license to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will: 

  1. Meet the requirements for an associate of science degree exhibiting entry level competencies as a physical therapist assistant, be prepared to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination for the Physical Therapist Assistant and gain employment.
  2. Display professional behaviors that are congruent with the core values, standards and ethics of the physical therapy profession.
  3. Demonstrate respect for cultural diversity, lifestyle values and choices of others.
  4. Communicate effectively with clients, family members and other healthcare providers.
  5. Utilize reflective judgment and problem solving skills and demonstrate participation in professional development opportunities to promote health and wellness.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Universal Precautions training and certification is provided.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 67–69

First Semester

Course # Course NameCredits

BIO-160

Introduction to Human Pathology

3

BIO-161

Anatomy & Physiology 1

4

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

PTA-101

Introduction to Physical Therapy

4

   

Total Credits

17

Second Semester

BIO-162

Anatomy & Physiology 2

4

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

PTA-102

Physical Therapy Principles & Procedures 1

4

PTA-103

Physical Therapy Principles & Procedures 2          

4

PTA-112

Physical Therapy Clinical Observation

1

      

Health & Physical Education Elective

12

   

Total Credits

17–18

Summer

 

Mathematics Elective (level 100 or higher but not MAT-195)    

34

        

Total Credits

3–4

Third Semester

PSY-108 

Human Growth & Development

3

PTA-201

Physical Therapy Principles & Procedures 3

5

PTA-202

Physical Therapy Professional Issues Seminar

2

PTA-203

Specialty Topics in Physical Therapy 
(course name changed effective Fall 2013)

3

PTA-211

Physical Therapy Clinical Education 1

2

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

              

Total Credits

18

Fourth Semester

PTA-212

Physical Therapy Clinical Education 2

5

PTA-213

Physical Therapy Clinical Education 3

5

PTA-215 

Physical Therapy Professional Exploration

2

           

Total Credits

12

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