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PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT AAS CURRICULUM


Students may complete some or all of the general education (non-PTA) courses prior to admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.  The following course of study should serve as a guideline for registration and program completion.  Placement testing in English, math, and reading or appropriate ACT/SAT scores is required for all entering freshmen.  Placement determines the starting point for college-level courses.  It is strongly suggested that interested students make an appointment with one of the program faculty prior to application to review general education requirements.  Acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program is required prior to enrolling in any PTA-prefix course.  PTA courses are sequential and cannot be combined to shorten the length of the program.  All courses listed in the PTA curriculum must be completed with a “C” or higher.

First Term (Fall Semester I)

BIO201* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG101 English Composition I 3
MTH100 Intermediate College Algebra or higher 3
ORI101 or 105** Orientation to College or Orientation and Student Success 1-3
ORI104 WorkKeys Assessment and Advisement 1
PTA100 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PTA180 Medical Terminology 1
PTA220 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 3

TOTAL Credit Hours 18-20

Second Term (Spring Semester)

BIO202        Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
EMS100*** Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 0-1
PSY200      General Psychology 3
PTA202 PTA Communication Skills 2
PTA222 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab 2
PTA250  Therapeutic Procedures I
4
SPH106 or SPH107
Speech
3
  TOTAL Credit Hours 
 18-19

Third Term (Summer Term)

CIS146**** Microcomputer Applications or computer competency 0-3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective   3
PSY210
Developmental Psychology 3
PTA210 Introduction to Physical Therapy Clinic 1
PTA232 Orthopedics for the PTA 2
PTA240 Physical Disabilities I 2
PTA251 Therapeutic Procedures II 4
PTA290 Therapeutic Exercise 1

TOTAL Credit Hours 
16-19

Fourth Term (Fall Semester II)

PTA204 PTA Forum 1
PTA230 Neuroscience 2
PTA241 Physical Disabilities II 2
PTA253 Therapeutic Procedures III 4
PTA263 Clinical Affiliation I 3

TOTAL Credit Hours 12

Fifth Term (Spring Semester II)

PTA200 PT Issues and Trends 2
PTA201 PTA Seminar 2
PTA231 Rehabilitation Techniques 2
PTA268 Clinical Practicum
5
PTA293 Directed Study for the PTA 1

TOTAL Credit Hours
12

Total Program Credit Hours:    76




*Pre-requisite:  Completion of BIO103 with a “C” or higher or satisfactory performance on ACCS Biology Placement Exam, prior to beginning the PTA program, if applicable.  Students that have completed an Anatomy and Physiology course at WCC or another college and have received credit at WCC through the Office of Admissions and Records will not be required to complete BIO103 in order to meet curriculum requirements.

**ORI 101, Orientation to College, or ORI105, Orientation and Student Success, if applicable (required of first-time College students)?
***Certification in Basic Cardiopulmonary Life Support (BCLS) for the health care provider is required prior to PTA210. This may be obtained at the College through enrollment in EMS 100 or at any other approved agency or facility.

****CIS 146, Microcomputer Applications – 3 credit hour or competency in computer science by passing a computer competency exam