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Curriculum Guide

Physical Therapist Assistant

  • 2021-2022
  • Updated: APRIL 2021

The information contained within this curriculum guide is the official Physical Therapist Assistant Program Policies and Procedures effective for the academic year 2021 - 2022.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes. 

General Overview:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year collegiate program (66-69 total credit hours) leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The Program’s technical courses are offered in-person on the Downtown Campus and generally scheduled between the hours of 9AM and 4 PM Monday – Friday with no weekend or evening content. The Program prepares the student to assume the responsibilities of a Physical Therapist Assistant within a variety of health care settings.  Common locations for employment include: hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and rehabilitation centers.  Students of this program will learn how to design patient care under the supervision and direction of a licensed Physical Therapist, implement treatment programs according to a plan of care, train patients in exercises and activities of daily living, provide treatments using special equipment, and document patient interventions. The program is technical in nature with a heavy emphasis on human anatomy and physiology. The ability to communicate, problem solve and think critically is essential.

Contact Information:

The preferred method of contact for faculty is via email.

Jefferson Community and Technical College
ATTN: Jennifer Pitchford/ PTA Program HSH #462
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Admission Policies and Procedures:

The PTA Program is a selective admissions program that accepts a maximum of 22 students per year; a student cannot independently enroll in a PTA technical course. In order to be eligible to apply to the PTA Program, the student must first attend a Preadmission Conference. All details regarding the PTA Program admission process, program schedule, and post-acceptance requirements will be covered in these meetings. The conferences last approximately 2.5 hours, depending on the number in attendance and questions asked. All preadmission conferences for this application cycle will be held in an online format via invitation only. Students who are planning to attend the conference must first email the PTA Program Coordinator to reserve a "seat" at the conference. Please send your email to Jennifer Pitchford and a reply will be sent to you with an invitation to attend the event on the designated date.

Next, the student must apply for admission to the college. Students who are enrolled at Jefferson Community and Technical College for the spring semester of the application year have met this requirement. Students enrolled in any of the additional 15 KCTCS institutions for the spring semester of the application year have also met this requirement, but will need to complete a change of home college application form if selected to join the PTA Program at Jefferson for the fall.

College Admission

Please note: Application to the college is a separate process from application to the PTA program. Admission to the college does not imply admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Instructions for application to the college can be found online. ALL students must first apply to the college to be eligible to apply for the PTA Program. Students currently enrolled in a KCTCS institution for spring 2022 semester will meet this requirement and will not need to send a separate application to Jefferson until they are accepted to the PTA Program.  Transfer students must make sure that all official transcripts are sent to the Admissions office and the application to the college is completed prior to applying to the PTA Program. Additional costs may be incurred for sending official transcripts from college courses attended outside of KCTCS, sending high school transcripts, or sending official assessment score reports, if applicable.  Refer to the admissions website for details. 

Program Admission

Pre-Admission Conferences: by invitation only; students must send an email to the Academic Program Coordinator to request an invitation to the meeting. A confirmation email will follow, once the request has been received. The link to the meeting will be sent the evening before the meeting is to be held. 

  • All candidates must attend a Preadmission Conference hosted by Jefferson Community and Technical College for the current application cycle to be eligible to apply to the Jefferson Community and Technical College PTA Program.
  • Applications for the Jefferson Community and Technical College PTA Program will ONLY be distributed during the Preadmission Conferences.
  • *Due to the large number of applicants and mandatory attendance at a preadmission conference, applications to the PTA Program WILL NOT be distributed to any student after completion of the last preadmission conference.
 
Date Day Time Location

Virtual Pre-Admissions Conference Dates

October 8, 2021  Friday 10 AM – 12 PM Microsoft Teams online meeting
November 12, 2021  Friday 10 AM – 12 PM Microsoft Teams online meeting
December 10, 2021  Friday 10 AM – 12 PM Microsoft Teams online meeting
January 21, 2022 Friday 10 AM – 12 PM Microsoft Teams online meeting
February 18, 2022  Friday 10 AM – 12 PM Microsoft Teams online meeting
March 11, 2022 * Friday 10 AM – 12 PM Microsoft Teams online meeting

*Last chance to receive an application packet

  • The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is offered by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at 5 separate colleges throughout the state, each with their own application procedures and paperwork. Although we are all one system, attendance at one college’s Preadmission Conference DOES NOT qualify to apply to the other colleges.  Additionally, attendance at previous years’ Preadmission Conferences DOES NOT qualify for meeting the criteria to apply to the current application cycle.
  • Preadmission conferences will be held throughout the Fall and Spring semesters during the application cycle. Students may send a representative to attend, such as family or friend, if unable to personally attend any of the dates provided.
  • Sudden changes to the conference schedule for any reason, such as unexpected school closures or scheduling conflicts, will be updated to the PTA Program website as quickly as possible. If campus is closed due to inclement weather or other unexpected emergency situation, the preadmission conference will also be cancelled and rescheduled. 

Program Application:

  • Applications are due by April 1, 2022. Anything received after this date will  be marked LATE and not reviewed by the admission committee unless there are fewer than 22 qualified applicants. 
  • The PTA Program is a selective admissions program, which means not every student in the qualified applicant pool is guaranteed acceptance to the program.  Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is highly competitive with limited enrollment due to available faculty, financial, and/or clinical resources at the college or health care facilities.  
  • The Physical Therapist Assistant Program admits a maximum of twenty two (22) students for enrollment each fall semester. 
  • Students will be notified of their program admission status via U.S. Mail and/or email to their Jefferson Community and Technical College address by May 31st of the application year. Selected students who meet all prerequisite criteria and accept the offer to be enrolled in the Program will begin the PTA Program courses in August for the Fall semester. 
  • Application to the PTA Program is free of charge. Additional costs may be incurred for sending official transcripts from college courses attended outside of KCTCS, sending high school transcripts, or sending official assessment score reports, if applicable.

Program Point System for Admission: 

Implemented April 2016. Each candidate is evaluated as one of the following options:

  • TRACK 1: student has completed at least 12 credit hours of the approved PTA general education courses with a grade of C or better by the April 1st deadline. Refer to the Academic Program Plan provided to see specific required courses.
  • TRACK 2: student is a high school senior or graduate who has completed less than 12 credit hours of the approved general education courses with a grade of C or better by the April 1st deadline. Academic history will be evaluated based on the applicant’s cumulative high school GPA (unweighted). 
  • TRACK 3: student earned a GED and has completed less than 12 credit hours of the approved general education courses with a grade of C or better by the April 1st deadline. Academic history will be evaluated based on the applicant’s ACT composite score.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE FOR ALL TRACKS:

To be eligible for admission, if accepted, the applicant must complete BIO 137 or its equivalent with a grade of “C” or better within the previous 5 years and by the end of the summer semester following the application. If this requirement is not met, though the applicant may be otherwise qualified with grades and professional experience, the applicant will be ineligible to be enrolled in the PTA Program for the Fall semester and thus forfeit their slot in the program.

TRACK 1:   Total Points = 50

Student has completed at least 12 credit hours of the approved PTA general education courses with a grade of C or better by the April 1st deadline.

  • ACT Composite Score = 5 points (10%)
  • Grades = 40 points (80%)
  • Veteran status = 1 point (2%)
  • Verifiable work experience in healthcare = 2 points (4%)
  • Completion of prior degree = 2 points (4%)

ACT point system:

  • <18 = 0 points
  • 18 = 1 point
  • 19-20 = 2 points
  • 21-23 = 2.5 points
  • 24-26 = 3.5 points 
  • 27-29 = 4 points
  • 30-32 = 4.5 points
  • 33-36 = 5 points

General Education GPA = tally of all completed approved general education coursework of at least 12 hours. Quality Points shall be awarded as follows for each grade earned: A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points. Refer to the following chart for guidance in calculating the General Education GPA.

Course Grade Credit Hours Quality Points Credit Hours x Quality Points
Written Communications   3    
Oral Communications   3    
Quantitative Reasoning   3    
General Psychology   3    
Developmental Psychology   3    
Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 * (within last 5 years)   4    
Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 * (within last 5 years)   4    
Heritage/Humanities   3    
FYE 105 ** (if applicable)   3    
Digital Literacy *** Required to graduate from a KCTCS institution, but not included here

* Anatomy and Physiology courses must have been completed within the past 5 years; only classes completed in Fall 2017 or later will be accepted toward admission in Fall 2022.

** FYE 105 is only required if the student is considered a first time freshman when starting at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

***Digital Literacy is a graduation requirement for all students within KCTCS. It is not considered in the point system for admission since the student has the option of testing out of the course and may not have earned a grade. The test out option is the IC3 Fast Track Exam, which can be purchased through the bookstore and taken at the Jefferson Assessment Center for a pass/fail option. More information can be found at the College Assessment Center.

To calculate the general education GPA, enter grades earned for each completed course. Enter the quality points associated with each grade earned. Multiply the course credit hours by the earned quality points and record this number in the last column.

  • Note: 22 is the average ACT score of previously successful PTA students
  • Sum of last column = ___________
  • Sum of Credit Hours column = ______________ (only count number of credit hours completed by April 1st)
  • Divide the sum of the last column by the sum of the total credit hours completed column to calculate the General education GPA. Be sure to only count the number of credit hours you have completed, which may be less than 26.
  • General Education GPA = _____________

Points will be assigned to the General Education GPA as follows: (30 points)

  • 3.8 to 4.0 = 30 points
  • 3.6 to 3.79 = 28 points
  • 3.4 to 3.59 = 26 points
  • 3.2 to 3.39 = 24 points
  • 3.0 to 3.19 = 22 points
  • 2.8 to 2.99 = 20 points
  • 2.6 to 2.79 = 18 points
  • 2.5 to 2.59 = 15 points
  • 2.49 and below = 0 points

Completion of the following courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, Oral Communications, and Written Communications will be assigned points as follows: (maximum of 10 “bonus” points)

BIO 137 Written Communications Oral Communications
A = 4 points A = 3 points A = 3 points
B = 2 points B = 2 points B = 2 points
C = 0.5 points C = 0.5 points C = 0.5 points

TRACK 2:  Total Points = 50

Student is a high school senior or graduate who has completed less than 12 credit hours of the approved general education courses with a grade of C or better by the April 1st deadline. Academic history will be evaluated based on the applicant’s cumulative high school GPA (unweighted).

  • ACT = 5 points (10%)
  • High School Grades = 42 points (84%)
  • Veteran status = 1 point (2%)
  • Verifiable work experience in area related to healthcare = 2 points (4%)

ACT point system:

  • < 18 = 0 points
  • 18 = 1 point
  • 19-20 = 2 points
  • 21-23 = 2.5 points
  • 24-26 = 3.5 points
  • 27-29 = 4 points
  • 30-32 = 4.5 points
  • 33-36 = 5 points

High School Cumulative GPA:

  • 4.0 = 42 points
  • 3.80 to 3.99  = 40 points
  • 3.60 to 3.79  = 38 points
  • 3.40 to 3.59  = 36 points
  • 3.20 to 3.39  = 34 points
  • 3.00 to 3.19  = 32 points
  • 2.80 to 2.99 = 30 points
  • 2.60 to 2.79  = 28 points
  • 2.50 to 2.59 = 26 points
  • Below 2.49 = 0 points

TRACK 3: Total Points = 50

The applicant has earned a GED but has not yet completed at least 12 hours of the approved PTA Program General Education courses with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring semester of application to the program. Points will be awarded based on the applicant’s veteran status, verifiable work experience in healthcare, and ACT score. 

  • ACT Composite Score = 47 points (94%)
  • Veteran status = 1 point (2%)
  • Verifiable work experience in healthcare = 2 points (4%)

ACT point system:

  • <18 = 0 points
  • 18 = 30 points
  • 19-20 = 33 points
  • 21-23 = 38 points*
  • 24-26 = 41 points
  • 27-29 = 44 points
  • 30-36 = 48 points

* 22 is the average ACT score of previously successful PTA students.

Technical Standards:

The physical therapist assistant works in a hands-on situation under the supervision of a physical therapist in providing patient services for the prevention and alleviation of physical impairment and the restoration of function. 

Therefore, in order to work successfully with patients, all applicants should possess sufficient: 

  1. visual acuity, such as observation necessary for administering patient care and reading equipment gauges and settings used in treatments.
  2. auditory perception to receive verbal communication and to execute patient care through the use of monitoring devices.
  3. strength and gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement patient care skills, such as the manipulation of equipment, and positioning and lifting patients.
  4. communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient’s interest; and
  5. intellectual and emotional functions to implement the plan of care.

Minimum Requirements Established by the Senate Rules IV for admission to the Program:

Selection of students for the physical therapist assistant program will be made by the president of the college or the president’s designee after considering the recommendations of an Admissions committee. Membership for this committee shall include: Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Faculty Member, Physical Therapy Clinician (volunteer faculty member), Admissions Officer or Counselor, General Education Faculty Member. 

In order to be considered by the Admissions committee at Jefferson, each applicant for the fall semester must submit the following credentials by April 1: 

  1. application for admission to a KCTCS institution;
  2. official transcripts of all post-secondary education, excluding KCTCS institutions;
  3. ACT or SAT score report; and
  4. proof of attendance at a preadmission conference and/or meeting with the coordinator and/or the coordinator’s designee. (NOTE: Due to large volumes of applicants, the PTA Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College does not honor an individual meeting in lieu of attendance at a preadmission conference.) 

Preference may be given to:

  1. Applicants who demonstrate above average standing in high school or on the General Education Development Examination (GED);
  2. Applicants with an ACT composite score of 19 or higher or the equivalent on the SAT; and /or ACT section scores; and /or a program approved admission test. Compass is not an approved admission test;
  3. Applicants who have completed 12 or more credit hours in the approved curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from any accredited college;
  4. Kentucky residents and applicants from the college service area; and 
  5. Applicants who present verifiable documentation of employment as a physical therapy aide or technician, related healthcare experiences, or related healthcare education.

Jefferson Community and Technical College will follow the System Guidelines except that:

  1. preference may be given to applicants who demonstrate above average performance in BIO 137 or its equivalent
  2. applicants who are veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses and also displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act.

Application Process and Deadlines:

Step 1:  Submit an application to Jefferson Community & Technical College (if not already enrolled at Jefferson Community and Technical College); include all documentation as required by the application instructions

Step 2: Attend a PTA Program Preadmission Conference (refer back to to section III B). The application process and procedures are reviewed during the Preadmission Conferences with an opportunity for students to ask general questions. However, the Program asks that an individual advising session be scheduled with the PTA Program Coordinator to address any student-specific inquiries, such as prior transcripts and/or personal considerations.

Step 3: Submit the PTA Program Application received at the Preadmission Conference along with all required supportive documentation and return to the Academic Program Coordinator by April 1st of the year in which the student is applying for admission.  PTA Program applications and all appropriate credentials must be received on time in order to be considered by the PTA Admissions Committee.

Selection Process and Deadlines:

  1. Applications received by April 1st will be reviewed by the PTA Program Selective Admissions Committee to verify the admission packet contains all required materials and is therefore complete. If a packet is missing any required information as outlined in the program admission packet received at the Preadmission Conference, the submitted packet is then marked as “INCOMPLETE” and the student will be denied admission. *Be sure to include individual transcripts from ALL colleges you have ever received credit for completing a course; this includes dual credit obtained during high school, even if just one course, and even if transfer courses are included on the Jefferson transcript. Transcripts submitted for review MUST be issued from the ORIGINAL granting institution.
  2. Applicants who submit all PTA admission packet materials by the established due date and who meet the minimum requirements for admission to the PTA Program as established by the Senate Rules of the Community and Technical College will be placed in the qualified applicant pool.
  3. Students in the qualified applicant pool will then earn points, as outlined in Section III of this document. The Admissions Committee will recommend for admission the (22 maximum) students who have earned the highest total number of points. The Selective Admissions Committee will make the final recommendations for ranking in the event of a tie. Late applications may be reviewed at the discretion of the PTA Admissions Committee and/or in the event that fewer than the established minimum enrollment of qualified students have applied to the program.
  4. Student selection is made by the President of the College or the President’s designee after considering the recommendations of the Selective Admissions Committee.
  5. Students will be designated as admitted, alternate, or denied admission. Admitted and alternate candidates will be notified via KCTCS email in May. All remaining applicants will be notified of their designated admission status by postal mail no later than June 15.    
  6. Students offered admission or alternate candidacy to the PTA Program must confirm their intention to enter the program by the established deadline and follow the procedures listed in the offer letter; failure to do so risks forfeiture of their slot in the program.

Post-Admission Requirements, Expectations and Deadlines:

  1. BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or its equivalent MUST be completed by the end of the SUMMER semester prior to beginning the PTA Program with a minimum grade of “C”. Applicants will receive “contingent enrollment” if enrolled in BIO 137 for the summer session, which means if a grade of C or better is not earned the applicant will need to forfeit their admission to the Program and may no longer start the Program as scheduled.
  2. BIO 139 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or its equivalent must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” prior to the end of the first FALL semester of the PTA Program. Applicants who fail to meet this criteria will need to withdraw from the Program.
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each PTA Program course to continue in the Program. Applicants who fail to meet this criteria will need to withdraw from the Program.
  4. All general education courses designated to meet the requirements of an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistance (including the digital literacy requirement) must be completed prior to beginning the second fall semester in the PTA Program.
  5. Students admitted to the PTA Program must attend a mandatory day long orientation session in early August.  The date and location will be provided in the offer letter.
  6. Students will be provided a PTA Program Student Handbook and will be obligated to comply with all PTA Program policies and procedures as outlined in the handbook.
  7. At the time of the student orientation students must provide evidence of completing one of the following CPR Certifications: American Heart Association “BLS Provider” or American Red Cross “BLS for Healthcare Provider” The certification period must include the entire school year, which will be August 2021 through May 2022.
  8. At the time of the student orientation students must provide documentation of an a negative TB Skin Test. This test date must be between May 2021 and August 2022.
  9. At the time of the student orientation students must provide documentation of two childhood immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or a blood titer report to prove MMR antibodies are sufficient to be considered immune.
  10. At the time of the student orientation students must provide documentation of immunity to Hepatitis B or of currently undergoing the vaccination sequence for Hepatitis B or an executed Hepatitis B Declination Form.  The declination option will significantly limit clinical course options and may result in the inability to complete the program and/or be hired for a job after graduation.
  11. At the time of the student orientation students must have completed the required drug screen and background check, as directed in the offer letter. (refer to section IX)
  12. By October 31st, students must provide documentation of receiving the annual flu vaccine for the 2021-2022 flu season. (This will likely not be available at the time of orientation in August) 

Approximate costs incurred by the student:

  1. Health/immunity requirements ~ $400.
  2. Liability insurance ~ $20 each year.
  3. Criminal background report and associated drug screening $65 per year. Students may be required to submit to an additional drug screening panel and criminal background check at any time during the course of the Program due to clinical site requirements or suspicion of unlawful behavior.
  4. Required books and supplies for the PTA Program ~ $2500 (when purchased as new).
  5. Clinical database subscription ~ $90 per year. 
  6. Clinical uniform attire, including a student name badge. The total cost varies based on individual clinic requirements. Name badges are typically provided by the college for less than $10.
  7. American Physical Therapy Association student membership $80 per year (recommended, not required).
  8. Costs related to clinical education, including transportation, housing, and meals. Students can expect to spend at least one clinical practicum experience in a setting outside the Louisville/Jefferson County area for as long as five weeks
  9. Mock licensing examination $35.
  10. A post-graduation national board examination is required prior to be able to work in most states as a PTA. The cost is $485 (refer to section XI.)
  11. A licensing fee for the individual state is also required; price varies per state. Kentucky = $200; Indiana = $100.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing:

All Allied Health majors with a clinical component within their major must submit to an annual criminal background check and drug screening.  This is to ensure a safe clinical environment for both students and the public and to meet the contractual requirements of area healthcare facilities.  Situations in which a candidate for the PTA program does not have a satisfactory initial background check or drug test results, the Dean of Allied Health or the Associate Vice President of Technical Education will review for approval.  Convictions involving the following crimes may serve to disqualify a person from participating in required clinical learning experiences: 

  1. any felony, whether listed below or not
  2. crimes involving drugs, including but not limited to unlawful possession or distribution
  3. crimes of physical violence to include any type of abuse (child, spousal, or of the elderly), abduction such as kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, robbery, sexual crimes, possession of a restricted fire arm or any related weapons offenses, assault and battery or
  4. conviction of a misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Additionally, drug screening may be required of a student at any time throughout the course of study if there is reasonable suspicion on the part of the program faculty that the student may be using a controlled substance not prescribed by a health care provider. Positive findings on a drug screen or refusal to submit to a requested drug screen will result in immediate administrative withdrawal of the student from the program. Each student will be given the specific information regarding how to complete these tests in the offer letter. The cost of background checks and drug testing is the responsibility of each student.

Accreditation:

Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive, postsecondary institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate of applied science degree.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 706-3245

Website: http://www.capteonline.org

Email: accreditation@apta.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 502-213-2193 to speak to the Academic Program Coordinator or email.

Credentialing Exam(s)/Licensure:

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is required to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants (NPTE for the PTA).  This serves two purposes: to give the student the opportunity to earn state licensing for practice, and to meet PTA Program End of Program Assessment requirements.

Practitioner licensing in Kentucky is based upon successful completion of the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants and meeting all requirements established for licensure by the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy, or the primary state in which the candidate intends to work. 

Financial Information/Expenses:

Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown Campus Financial Aid Office in the Jefferson Educational Center (JEC) Suite 400 or by calling 855-246-5282 or 1-855-2GO-Jefferson Community and Technical College.

Information may be found on the Financial Aid Contact Information page.

Additional Information

  • Incoming Freshmen – After applying to the college, students’ readiness for college level coursework must be assessed. Information related to how to test and which tests need to be taken can be found at the Jefferson Assessment Center
  • An ACT Composite score is required for application to the PTA Program, however it is NOT required for initial admission to the college. You may choose to start your coursework at Jefferson by taking the college approved assessment exams and complete the ACT requirement prior to the semester in which you apply to the PTA Program. You must register separately to take the ACT test. Please also note that the minimum ACT and SAT scores listed by the college are specific to qualifying to be enrolled in college level reading, English and math courses. ACT scores listed by Jefferson Community and Technical College admissions as the minimum requirements for college level reading and math courses are not the same rating scale as the PTA Points for Admission! (Refer to section III). Information regarding registration for the ACT test and available test dates/locations.
  • All new freshmen students must attend the Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) - First time college students must register to attend a Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) session once the assessment testing has been completed. At this session the student will receive an orientation to Jefferson’s campus and resources, as well as be linked with an advisor who will be able to assist you with determining which classes you will need. All first time college students must take the FYE 105 course within the first two (2) semesters of college.  Students who have completed at least 12 hours of college level courses that include English and math at another regionally accredited institution and wish to transfer into Jefferson Community and Technical College are exempt from this SOAR and FYE 105 requirement.  Find out more about the SOAR process.

  • Transitional Course Work – If scores on the ACT tests and/or college approved assessment tests are below the minimum threshold, the student will be enrolled in transitional courses. The credit hours earned from these courses do not count toward the total credit hours earned in the Program, but are used to prepare students to be successful in their college level courses. Students needing transitional  math courses cannot take collegiate math and/or science courses until they successfully complete their transitional courses.  Students needing transitional English or Reading cannot take a computer class until they successfully complete their transitional courses.

Time Limitations –   

    1. Completion of BIO 137 or its equivalent must have been within the past five (5) years and prior to beginning the first semester of the PTA Program in the fall.
    2. Completion of BIO 139 or its equivalent must have been within the past five (5) years and prior to the beginning of the second semester within the PTA Program in the spring
    3. All general education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above prior to beginning the third semester within the PTA Program
    4. Demonstration of digital literacy with a “P” (Pass) or grade of “C” or above must be met prior to beginning the third semester within the PTA Program. *Digital literacy requirements may be subject to a timeline due to changes in computer technology. Individual cases will be evaluated as needed.
    5. Although the college has a 5 year expiration limitation for initial assessment, there is no set expiration date for ACT Composite test scores for application to the PTA program.

With the exception of the BIO 137/139 courses and digital literacy, the general education courses for the PTA Program have no expiration dates, as long as the credits were issued by a college or university with an acceptable regional and national accreditation status.  For example, an English 101 course taken back in 1983 at the University of Louisville and completed with a grade of “C” or better will be acceptable toward application to the program as meeting the Written Communication general education course. In some instances students may require a course substitution form. Transfer courses (especially BIO 137 and BIO 139 equivalencies) should be evaluated by the Program Coordinator prior to application to the program.  

Sample Curriculum & Course Sequence

The following is a sample curriculum outlining a plan to complete the required coursework for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in exactly 2 years. *The student is advised to complete BIO 137, ENG 101 and Oral Communications courses as early as possible in the sequence to maximize potential “bonus” points in the point system for admission to Track 1. Students may take any general education course without being admitted to the program.  PTA courses (in bold) are reserved for only those students who have been admitted to the PTA Program. 

PTA courses are shown in the actual semester sequence and cannot be combined or taken out of this sequence

 General education courses may be taken in any sequence with the following exceptions:

  • BIO137, or its equivalent, must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to the end of the SUMMER semester preceding entrance to the PTA Program.
  • BIO139, or its equivalent, must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to the end of the first FALL semester within the PTA Program.
  • All general education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better preceding the beginning of the FALL semester within the second year of the PTA Program.

TOTAL CREDITS = 66-69 (depends whether took digital literacy course for credit hours and/or FYE 105)

Total Credit Hours of General Education/graduation requirement = 26-29

Total Credit Hours of PTA Program Courses (bold print) = 40

This SAMPLE order of courses is representative of a high school student who applied for Fall 2018 admission to the program as a senior and had no prior college credits.

Summer 2021 Course number and name Credit hours
  BIO 137 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
  ENG 101 – Written Communications 3
  FYE 105 – First Year Experience *(First time college students only) *(3)
  PSY 110 – General Psychology 3
     
Fall 2021 Course number and name Credit hours
  BIO 139 – Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
  Oral Communications (refer to the KCTCS catalog for approved general education courses) 3
  PTA 101 – Orientation to Physical Therapy Practice 5
  PTA 125 – Neuroanatomy for the PTA 1
     
Spring 2022 Course number and name Credit hours
  PSY 223 – Developmental Psychology 3
  PTA 150 – Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 6
  PTA 160 – Medical and Surgical Conditions in Physical Therapy 3
  PTA 170 – Clinical Practicum 1 1
     
Summer 2022 Course number and name Credit hours
  MAT 150 – College Algebra or higher 3
  Heritage/Humanities (refer to the KCTCS catalog for approved general education courses) 3
  *Digital Literacy – NOT a general education course for the PTA Program, however proof of digital literacy is required for graduation from a KCTCS institution. 0-3
  AT THIS TIME (after completion of two semesters in the program) ALL GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ADVANCING TO THE SECOND YEAR OF THE PTA PROGRAM.  
     
Fall 2022 Course number and name Credit hours
  PTA 200 – Modalities and Procedures in Physical Therapy 5
  PTA 220 – Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures 5
  PTA 240 – Clinical Practicum 2 2
     
Spring 2023 Course number and name Credit hours
  PTA 250 – Neurological Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy 5
  PTA 260 – Seminar in Physical Therapy 2
  PTA 280 – Clinical Practicum 3 5

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