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Essential Functions of a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
 
 
 

Please note, the pre-professional portion of these Degree Requirements are for those enterning after the end of the application cycle which ends 2/28/2018. They do NOT apply to anyone who has applied prior to 2/28/2018.

PTAP 2018

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Degree Requirements

Associate in Applied Science:PTA

The courses listed below constitute the requirements for the AAS degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.  Additional details about course and program requirements will be provided to student/learners before he or she begins Physical Therapist Assistant courses.It is strongly advised that all learners consult the Application for admission into the Professional Phase of the PTA program to assure that the most appropriate courses are taken for admission into the professional phase which may not follow the sequence listed in the pre-professional phase below which is represented by those courses that are not highlighted in white or yellow. This is provided for course requirement/advisory purposes only.

 

           Pre-Professional Phase                                   Fall II Professional Phase (14 wks)

ENG 101

English Composition I

(3/0)

3

 

PTA 112

Pathology #

(3/0)

3

PSY 101

Intro to Psychology

(3/0)

3

 

PTA 210

PTA Techniques #

(3/2)

4

BIO 103

Anatomy & Physiology I

(3/3)

4

 

Physical Agents #

(3/3)
4

MAT *

Mathematics Elective

(3/0)

3

 

PTA 224

Clinical Ed I:40 hpw x 4 wks

160 hours

 3

CSW 100

College Success & Wellness**

(2/0)

2

 
PTA 227
PTA Seminar #
(3/0)
3

Spring I Pre-Professional Phase

(14 wks)

 

 

 

Spring II Professional Phase

(14 wks) 

ENG 102

English Composition II

(3/0)

3

 

PTA 205

Motor Development

(1/0)

1

 

General Education Elective:

Social Science, Humanities, Historical Perspective, Diversity and Global Perspective

      PTA 213 Therapy Clinic #
(3/3)
3
BIO 104 Anatomy & Physiology II
(3/3)
4
 

PTA 216

 Orthopedics for PTA

(1/2)

2

PTA 105

Kinesiology

(3/0)

3

 

PTA 235

Clinical Ed II:40 hpw x 5 wks

200 hours
4
 
 

PTA 237

PTA Professional Development #

(3/0)

3

Start of the Professional Phase
 
Conclusion of the Professional Phase
Summer I Professional Phase (8 wks) 
 
Summer II Professional Phase (6-8 wks)

PTA 107

Therapeutic Measurement

(1/2)

2

 

PTA 240

Clinical Ed III: 40 hpw x 6 wks

240 hours

5

PTA 201

 Therapeutic Exercise

(1/2)

2

 

   

       

NOTES

*    MAT 115 Algebra & Trig I or MAT 140 Applied College Algebra or MAT 125 Elementary Statistics I or MAT 200     

**   CSW 100 College Success & Wellness, HPE 111 Living with Health or HPE 110 Concepts of Health & Fitness

#     This course is interrupted for either 4 or 5 weeks for a Clinical Education course as indicated within the semester.

PTA prefixed lab courses involve "Competency Testing" which takes place outside of class time and involves up to 3 hours per semester, per course.

The PTA program utilizes Mercer's Academic Testing Center on campus which enables written exams to be administered outside of regularly scheduled class times. Approximately 60% of the written exams for the Professional Phase of the PTA program may be administered in the Academic Testing Center.

The professional phase of the PTA program starts each summer and utilizes a selection process where 28 student/learners are accepted based upon qualifications specified in the Application for the Professional Phase of the PTA program.

First Aid and CPR Certification

It is NOT recommended that these certifications be obtained until one is fully accepted into the professional phase of the PTA program and has attended the mandatory PTA Program Orientation. Student/learners are required to hold and maintain current certification in both First Aid and CPR for the Professional Healthcare Provider with AED throughout the professional phase of the PTA program curriculum. Learners must present evidence of current certification in both areas prior to the start of the second Fall Semester in the professional phase

 

All PTA program and science courses must be passed with a grade of C+ or higher to continue in the PTA program. PTA program courses may be attempted only twice.

                                                                       02/18                                                              

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