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Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code/CIP Code: PTAS.AAS/51.0806
Credits Required: 75
Division: Health Professions
Contact: pta@kckkc.edu
Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (CAPTE)

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) 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 national 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.


Complaints regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant Program should be directed to the Program Coordinator at 913-288-7865 or the Dean of the Division of Health Professions at 913-288-7626.

Requirements for admission to the program

  • This is a selective admission program. Application to the program does not constitute admission.
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA in program required courses and completion of pre-requisites (* below)
  • Application deadline is April 15 for Fall start and October 15 for Spring start.
  • Contact program for application, full requirements and program-specific advising.

College Requirement

Course Credit Hours
BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1

All first time degree-seeking students are required to take BLUE-0101, Freshman Seminar.  See exemptions

General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENG 0101 Composition I* 3
ENG 0102 Composition II* 3
SPCH 0151 or
SPCH 0202
Public Speaking* or
Interpersonal Communication
3
Humanities elective (Ethics Recommended) 3
PSYC 0101 Psychology* 3
PSYC 0202 or
SPCH 0202
Child Development* or
Human Development*
3
MATH 0104 PIntermediate Algebra** or higher 3
BIOL 01432 Human Anatomy and Physiology*** 5
Total General Education Requirements 26
* See course syllabus for prerequisite.
** Math sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution. Students should confer with an advisor to determine correct placement.
***Anatomy and Physiology courses completed more than seven (7) years prior to admission must be repeated.
Course Credit Hours
PHTR 0160 Musculoskeletal I 5
PHTR 0165 Clinical Skills I 2
PHTR 0170 Fundamentals of Treatment Procedures 5
PHTR 0180 Clinical Skills II 2
PHTR 0195 Clinical Skills III 4
PHTR 0220 Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation 5
PHTR 0230 Musculoskeletal III 5
PHTR 0240 Clinical Skills IV 5
PHTR 0240 Clinical Skills IV 5
PHTR 0245 Clinical Skills V 5
PHTR 0250 Musculoskeletal II 5
PHTR 0275 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 5
Total Program Requirements 48
*See course syllabi for course prerequisites.

Total Hours

Total hours to complete degree 72

Course Sequence

First Semester

Couse Credit Hours
BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1
ENGL 0101 Composition I 3
PSYC 0101 Psychology 3
MATH 0104 Intermediate Algebra or higher 3
BIO 0143 Human Anatomy and Physiology 5

Second Semester

Couse Credit Hours
PHTR 0160 Musculoskeletal I 5
PHTR 0165 Clinical Skills 2
PHTR 0170 Fundamentals of Treatment Procedures 5
ENGL 0102 Composition II 3

Third Semester

Couse Credit Hours
PHTR 0180 Clinical Skills II 2
PHTR 0230 Musculoskeletal III 5
PHTR 0250 Musculoskeletal II 5
PSYC 0202 or
PSYC 0203
Human Development 3
Humanities elective (Ethics recommended) 3

Fourth Semester

Couse Credit Hours
PHTR 0220 Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation 5
PHTR 0275 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 5
SPCH 0151 or
SPCH 0202
Public Speaking or
Interpersonal Communication
3

Fifth Semester

Couse Credit Hours
PHTR 0240 Clinical Skills IV 5
PHTR 0245 Clinical Skills V 5

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