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Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses 

Prefix and Number Title Credit Hours
  Required General Education:  
ENG 101 Writing I 3
BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 139 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  Heritage/Humanities 3
PSY 110 General Psychology 3
PSY 223 Developmental Psychology 3
MAT 150 College Algebra 3
  Oral Communications 3
  SUBTOTAL: 26
  Technical Courses:  
  Digital Literacy 0-3
PTA 101 Orientation to Physical Therapy Practice 5
PTA 125 Neuroanatomy for the PTA 1
PTA 150 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 6
PTA 160 Medical and Surgical Conditions in Physical Therapy 3
PTA 170 Clinical Practicum I 1
PTA 200 Modalities and Procedures in Physical Therapy 5
PTA 220 Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures 5
PTA 240 Clinical Practicum II 2
PTA 250 Neurological Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy 5
PTA 260 Seminar in Physical Therapy 2
PTA 280 Clinical Practicum III 5
  SUBTOTAL: 40-43 


 Course Descriptions

PTA 101 - Orientation to Physical Therapy Practice

  • 5 credit hours
  • Includes orientation to the profession of physical therapy, legal aspects of physical therapy practice, interdisciplinary team, cultural diversity, medical terminology, research and evidence-based practice, and introductory patient-care skills such as communication, aseptic techniques, body mechanics, safety procedures, wheelchair management, patient transfers, patient positioning and draping, and vital signs, identification and fitting of ambulation aids, basic gait training, patient and consumer education.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO137 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Co-requisite: PTA 125.
  • Lecture: 2 hours.
  • Laboratory: 6 hours

PTA 125 Neuroanatomy for the PTA

  • 1 credit hour
  • Encompasses the neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems and applies these concepts to common neurological pathologies found in rehabilitation.
  • Pre-requisite: BIO 137 and admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
  • Co-requisite: PTA 100.
  • Lecture: 1 hour

PTA 150 - Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology

  • 6 credit hours
  • Emphasizes the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, the relationship with biomechanical principles, basic physical principles, and the mechanical aspects of human motion. Includes muscle testing, flexibility testing, goniometry, and aspects of normal gait and posture.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO137 and BIO139 with a grade of "C" or better; completion of PTA 100 and PTA 125 with a C or better.
  • Co-requisites: PTA 160 and PTA 170.
  • Lecture: 3 hours.
  • Laboratory: 6 hours.

PTA 160 - Medical and Surgical Conditions in Physical Therapy

  • 3 credit hours
  • Includes the study of health and disease of all age groups with an emphasis on the etiology, pathology, prevention, data collection and physical therapy interventions in selected medical and surgical conditions encountered in physical therapy.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO137 and BIO139 with a grade of "C" or better; completion of PTA 100 and PTA 125 with a C or better.
  • Co-requisites: PTA 150 and PTA 170.
  • Lecture: 3 hours.

PTA 170 - Clinical Practicum I

  • 1 credit hour
  • Includes clinical observation and practice of physical therapy interventions and data collection with the application of knowledge from previous/concurrent PTA courses and general education coursework .
  • Grade of Pass/Fail only.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO137 and BIO139 with a grade of "C" or better; completion of PTA 100 and PTA 125 with a C or better.
  • Co-requisite: PTA 150 and PTA 160.
  • Practicum: 4 hours.

PTA 200 - Modalities and Procedures in Physical Therapy

  • 5 credit hours
  • Includes the basic physical science principles of selected physical therapy interventions, data collection, and selected physical therapy interventions including wound therapy, compression therapy, safety procedures, gait training, traction, massage, superficial heat and cold, deep heat modalities, electrotherapy, ultraviolet radiation, hydrotherapy, and documentation.
  • Pre-requisites: PTA 100, PTA 125, PTA 150, PTA 160, PTA 170.
  • Co-requisites: PTA 220, PTA 240.
  • Lecture: 2 hours.
  • Laboratory: 6 hours.

PTA 220 - Physical Therapy Principles & Procedures

  • 5 credit hours
  • Emphasizes selected physical therapy interventions and data collection for management of patients with the following problems: musculoskeletal conditions, pulmonary diseases, pathological gait, balance problems, thermal injuries, arthritis, amputations, and cardiac diseases. Includes therapeutic exercise, orthotics, prosthetics, wellness, and women's health issues.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and completion of PTA 100, PTA 125, PTA 150, PTA 160, and all general education courses required for completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of PTA 170 with a grade of "P".
  • Co-requisites: PTA 200 and PTA 240.
  • Lecture: 2 hours.
  • Laboratory: 6 hours.

PTA 240 - Clinical Practicum II

  • 2 credit hours
  • Includes clinical observation and practice of selected physical therapy interventions and data collection with the application of knowledge from previous/concurrent PTA courses and general education coursework. This course will entail four consecutive weeks of full-time clinical experience. In order to participate in this clinical experience, the student must be earning a grade of "C" or better in all co-requisite courses.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and completion of PTA 100, PTA 125, PTA 150, PTA 160, and all general education courses required for completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of PTA 170 with a grade of "P".
  • Co-requisites: PTA 200 and PTA 220.
  • Laboratory: 10.5 hours.

PTA 250 - Neurological Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy

  • 5 credit hours
  • Focuses on rehabilitation procedures, including assistive devices, for patients of all age groups with disabilities resulting from brain injury, spinal cord injury, and genetic/congenital disorders. Includes normal growth and development and the rationale and techniques of neuromuscular re-education.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and completion of PTA 200 and PTA 220 with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of PTA 240 with a grade of "P".
  • Co-requisites: PTA 260, PTA 280.
  • Lecture: 3 hours.
  • Laboratory: 4 hours.

PTA 260 - Seminar in Physical Therapy

  • 2 credit hours
  • Presents topics to assist the student in the transition to physical therapist assistant including trends, specialized practice, patient services, and the employment process. Utilizes case studies to assist students to integrate theory and practice.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and completion of PTA 200 and PTA 220 with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of PTA 240 with a grade of "P".
  • Co-requisites: PTA 250 and PTA 280.
  • Lecture: 2 hours.

PTA 280 - Clinical Practicum III

  • 5 credit hours
  • Includes clinical observation and practice of physical therapy interventions and data collection with the application of knowledge from previous and concurrent PTA courses and general education coursework. By the end of the clinical experience the student will demonstrate an entry level of practice.
  • Grade of Pass/Fail only.
  • Pre-requisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and completion of PTA 200 and PTA 220 with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of PTA 240 with a grade of "P".
  • Co-requisites: PTA 250 and PTA 260.
  • Laboratory: 27 hours