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Essential Functions of a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
 
 
 

PTAP 2017

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 Petition 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 (15 wks)

ENG 101

English Composition I

(3/0)

3

 

PTA 201

Therapeutic Exercise #

(1/2)

2

ENG 102

English Composition II

(3/0)

3

 

PTA 210

PTA Techniques #

(3/2)

4

BIO 103

Anatomy & Physiology I

(3/3)

4

 

Physical Agents #

(3/3)
4

BIO 104

Anatomy & Physiology II

(3/3)

4

 

PTA 224

Clinical Ed I:40 hpw x 4 wks =

160 hours

 3

MAT *

Mathematics Elective

(3/0)

3

  PTA 226 PTA Seminar I #
(2/0)
2

PSY 101

Intro to Psychology

(3/0)

3

 

 

Spring II Professional Phase (15 wks) 

General Education Elective:

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

(3/0)
3
 

HPE 110

Concepts of Health & Fitness**

(1/2)

2

 

PTA 205

Motor Development

(1/0)

1

         

PTA 213

Therapy Clinic #

(3/3)

3

PTA 101

Introduction to PTA

(1/0)

1

 

PTA 235

Clinical Ed II:40 hpw x 5 wks =

200 hours
4
PTA 112 Pathology
(3/0)
3
 

PTA 236

PTA Seminar II #

(2/0)

2

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

PTA 105

Kinesiology

(3/0)

3

 

PTA 240

Clinical Ed III: 40 hpw x 6 wks

240 hours

5

PTA 107

Therapeutic Measurement

(1/2)

2

 

PTA 241

PTA Seminar III

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1

       

NOTES

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

**   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 Petitioning process where 28 student/learners are accepted based upon qualifications specified in the Petition for Commencing the Professional Phase of the PTA program.

Please note: Starting with the class that will be admitted for the summer of 2016, PTA 105 Kinesiology will be part of the Professional Phase of the curriculum and will only be available for students accepted into the program. Prior to Summer 2015 PTA 105 had been part of the pre-professional phase of the PTA program that prospective PTA majors could take prior to their acceptance into the professional phase of the PTA program. Learners who successfully completed PTA 105 with a grade of C+ or higher through MCCC in Spring 2015 or earlier will not have to repeat the course provided they took the course within 5 years of being accepted into 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.

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