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    Apr 23, 2024  
Catalog 2016-2017 
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

No. of Credits: 70
Contact: L. Polk, Chair, Health Sciences Division;
D. Thomas, Program Coordinator

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares the student to provide physical therapy services according to the plan of care developed by the physical therapist. The physical therapist assistant administers direct patient care; teaches patients, families, and other healthcare providers how to perform selected procedures; and provides desired psychosocial support to patients and their families. Physical therapist assistants are employed primarily in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, extended care facilities, and home healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing examination.

This is a competitive admissions program. Admission and progression in this program requires that a “C” or better be earned in all coursework. Students are required to undergo a criminal background check at their own expense. A Health Requirements record must be submitted prior to entering the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. This program has been designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program. For more information, contact the Admissions Department.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 24.


Career Opportunities:

physical therapist assistant

Student Learning Outcomes:

Contact the program coordinator.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.


* Courses requiring a prerequisite

** Program option

*** special criteria for required general education courses

**** Pending MHEC approval