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Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Admission to the PTA program is competitive, and a limited number of qualified students are selected into the technical phase of the program. A student will begin in the pre-technical phase of the program, after which application to the program is made during the fall semester, first year. Criteria for selection to the technical phase of the program are a minimum 2.75 GPA, including a B in HSC 110, and an interview with the PTA Advisory Committee.

The following five-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in 21 months.

Pre-Technical Phase

Fall Semester***, Year One – 15 credits
CourseCredits

**COM 101 Oral Communication

3 crs.

**HSC 110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 crs.

**PSY 100 General Psychology

3 crs.

*PTA 100 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant

3 crs.

*PTA 101 Basic Physical Therapy Procedures

1 cr.

**UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.

***This semester is designed to be a rigorous test of the student's academic abilities. The student's performance during the fall semester of the first year will largely determine if the student is admitted to the technical phase of the program.

Technical Phase

Spring Semester – Year One - 18 credits
CourseCredits

**ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

**HSC 120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 crs.

*HSC 290 Therapeutic Modalities

4 crs.

*PTA 230 Physical Therapy Across the Lifespan

4 crs.

**SOC 100 Principles of Sociology3 crs.

Summer Semester – Year One - 6 credits
CourseCredits

*PTA 110 Introduction to Pathology

2 crs.

*PTA 150 Physical Therapy Clinical Internship I

4 crs.

Fall Semester – Year Two - 13 credits
CourseCredits

*HSC 275 Functional Kinesiology

3 crs.

*PTA 205 Interventions in Cardiopulmonary Impairments

2 crs.

*PTA 210 Interventions in Neurologic Impairments

4 crs.

*PTA 225 Interventions in Orthopedic Impairments

4 crs.

Spring Semester, Year Two – 14 credits
CourseCredits

*PTA 200 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy

2 crs.

*PTA 250 Physical Therapy Clinical Internship II

12 crs.

* Required major and related courses
** Required and recommended General Education courses