Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code - CIP Code: PTAS.AAS/51.0806
Credits Required: 69
Academic Division: Health Professions
Contact: pta@kckkc.edu
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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.

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (CAPTE). www.capteonline.org

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.

General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 0101 Composition I* 3
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
3
PSYC 0101 Psychology* 3
PSYC 0202 OR
PSYC 0203
Child Development* OR
Human Development*
3
MATH 0104 Intermediate Algebra** or higher 3
BIOL 0143 Human Anatomy and Physiology*** 5
  Total Hours for General Education Requirements 20
* 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.

Physical Therapist Assistant Requirements*

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 3
PHTR 0220 Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation 5
PHTR 0230 Musculoskeletal III 5
PHTR 0240 Clinical Skills IV 6
PHTR 0245 Clinical Skills V 6
PHTR 0250 Musculoskeletal II 5
PHTR 0275 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 5
Total Hours for Physical Therapist Assistant Requirements 49
*See course syllabi for Physical Therapist Assistant course pre-requisites.

Total Hours

Total Hours for an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

69

Course Sequence

Course Credit Hours

Prior to Admission

ENGL 0101 Composition I 3
PSYC 0101 Psychology 3
MATH 0104 Intermediate Algebra or higher 3
BIOL 0143 Human Anatomy and Physiology 5

Semester II

PHTR 0160 Musculoskeletal I 5
PHTR 0165 Clinical Skills I 2
PHTR 0170 Fundamentals of Treatment Procedures 5

Semester III

PHTR 0180 Clinical Skills II 2
PHTR 0230 Musculoskeletal III 5
PHTR 0250 Musculoskeletal II 5
PSYC 0202 OR
PSYC 0203
Child Development OR
Human Development
3

Semester IV

PHTR 0195 Clinical Skills III 3
PHTR 0220 Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation 5
PHTR 0275 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 5
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
3

Semester V

PHTR 0240 Clinical Skills IV 6
PHTR 0245 Clinical Skills V 6
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