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Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science Degree

Dean:  Dr. Shirley Wendel

Program Coordinator:   Dr. Tiffany Bohm

Clinical Coordinator:  Michele Avery

Full Time Faculty:  Deanne Yates, Lori Slettehaugh

The Physical Therapist Assistant is a skilled health care provider working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.  Following completion of the program, the student is awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree.  The PTA program at KCKCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

KCKCC Program Statistics (2010-2012)
Acceptance rate: 65-70% of the applicants are accepted to the program
Graduation rate: 71.1% of students starting the program ultimately graduate 
Employment rate: 100% of graduates who have taken and passed the state certification examination and sought employment in the field are working as a PTA within 6-months 
Pass rate on NPTE: 98.41% pass rate
Average salary of program graduates: $45,000.00

Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in the delivery of physical therapy services. The duties of a PTA include assisting with implementing treatment programs according to the physical therapist’s plan of care, educating and instructing patients in exercise and activities of daily living, providing treatments using special equipment, administering modalities, documentation of services provided, and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient’s responses to treatment. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the licensure examination.

Students interested in the program must contact the program coordinator (pta@kckcc.edu) who can provide a brochure which explains the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the program requirements, policies, and tuition and fees.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.   

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements
ENGL0101 Composition I
3
ENGL0102 Composition II*
3
SPCH0151
Public Speaking or
 
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Humanities Requirement
PHIL0206 Ethics (recommended)
3
Total
3
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirement
PSYC0101 Psychology
3
PSYC0202 Human Development or
PSYC0203 Child Development
3
Total
6
 
Mathematics Requirements
MATH0104 Intermediate Algebra
3
Total
3
 
Natural and Physical Science courses
BIOL0143 Anatomy & Physiology
5
Total
5
 
Total General Education requirement
27 - 28
 
Physical Therapy Assistant Requirements
PHTR0160 Musculoskeletal I
5
PHTR0170 Fundamentals of Treatment Procedures*
5
PHTR0165 Clinical Skills I
2
PHTR0180 Clinical Skills II
2
PHTR0250 Musculoskeletal II
5
PHTR0275 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
5
PHTR0195 Clinical Skills III
4
PHTR0230 Musculoskeletal II
5
PHTR0220 Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation
5
PHTR0240 Clinical Skills IV
5
PHTR0245 Clinical Skills V
5
PHTR0299 NPTAE Comprehensive Review and Preparation Course
2
Total **Reflects changed hours in curriculum after Spring 2010
48
 
Total hours required for an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Degree
75-76

*See course description for prerequisite.
General Information Students applying for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must comply with regular requirements for admission to the College and meet criteria indicating ability to succeed in Physical Therapist Assistant courses. Contact the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Office early for admission criteria and program application procedures. Application deadline is April 15 for Fall enrollment and October 15 for Spring enrollment.