Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Do you want to make a difference in patients' lives
  • Do you enjoy working in teams?
  • Do you like to challenge yourself personally and academically?

If yes, then you should strongly consider a career as a physical therapist assistant.

You'll find our curriculum challenging yet exciting. After you graduate, you'll be prepared to enter one of the most promising and rewarding career fields in health care.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

Courses


PTA*H120
Introduction to Physical Therapy
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program. Learning opportunities in this course assist the student to recognize the roles of physical therapy within various practice settings. Students differentiate functions of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as members of the health care team through study of documentation principles, ethics, laws and organizations important to the provision of services. Learning also includes development of knowledge and abilities within the domains of conduct, communication and sensitivity to individual and cultural differences.

PTA*H125
PT for Function
4 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program. This course provides the student with introductory concepts and techniques for effective patient teaching and physical therapy intervention for function and mobility. Emphasis is placed on competence in problem-solving and the physical therapist assistant's role in modification of physical therapy interventions.

PTA*H220
Introduction to the PT Clinic
1 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA*H120 and PTA*H125 with a grade of “C” or higher. This course provides an orientation to the physical therapy clinic and to the provision of physical therapy interventions. Students develop communication, intervention, and problem-solving techniques within the physical therapy clinic.

PTA*H230
Physical Agents in PT
4 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA*H120 and PTA*H125 with a grade of “C” or higher, PTA*H220 with a grade of “P”. This course develops the student's competence with problem-solving and application of physical therapy interventions using physical agents, including therapeutic applications of heat, cold, water, electricity, light and mechanical forces or devices.

PTA*H235
Kinesiology for Rehabilitation
4 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA*H120 and PTA*H125 with a grade of “C” or higher, PTA*H220 with a grade of “P”. This course fosters learning of the anatomical and biomechanical principles of human movement through the study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Competencies attained include accurate data collection by goniometry, manual muscle testing, posture and gait analysis including the effects of biomechanical forces on the human body.

PTA*H250
Therapeutic Exercise
5 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA*H230 and PTA*H235 with a grade of “C” or higher. Learning includes the theory and techniques to safely and effectively implement therapeutic exercise interventions based on a plan of care established by a physical therapist. Students also develop competence to measure a patient's response to interventions and respond accordingly and to provide effective instruction to patients and caregivers.

PTA*H253
Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA*H230 and PTA*H235 with a grade of “C” or higher. This course develops comprehension about abnormalities and the physical, physiological and psychological changes that occur throughout the human lifespan. The student learns the effects of pathology on the rehabilitation of patients with orthopedic, neurological, and general medical conditions.

PTA*H258
PTA in the Healthcare Arena
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA*H230 and 235 with a grade of “C” or higher. This course develops the student's ability to apply physical therapy interventions and data collection techniques within the clinic environment and advances the student's abilities with communication, conduct and problem-solving within the structure of the health care system.

PTA*H260
Physical Therapy Seminar
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA-H250, 253 and 258 with a grade of “C” or higher. In this course students demonstrate the ability to apply principles of problem solving to selected professional issues, industry trends, and special populations that may be encountered as a physical therapist assistant. Learning opportunities assist in the transition from student to clinician and identification of interest areas for lifelong learning.

PTA*H262
PTA Internship II
5 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA*H250, 253 and 258 with a grade of “C” or higher. Within this clinic-based course students learn to integrate and apply physical therapy concepts and to effectively perform physical therapy interventions as a physical therapist assistant. Students develop their abilities for daily organization and management of a patient caseload and effectively contribute to the health care team.

PTA*H265
PTA Internship III
5 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PTA*H250, 253 and 258 with a grade of “C” or higher. Within this clinic-based course students learn to problem-solve and competently function in the clinic Environment as a physical therapist assistant. Students develop competence with time management, clinical prioritization and the entry-level abilities of the physical therapist assistant prior to course completion.