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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
EMS100** Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation                 1
HPS 105 or HPS 112 Medical Terminology 3
ORI101 or 105*** Orientation to College or Orientation and Student Success 1-3
PTA202 PTA Communication Skills 2
PTA220 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 3
PTA222 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab 2
PTA250 Therapeutic Procedures I   4 

TOTAL Credit Hours 20-22

Second Term (Spring Semester)

BIO202        Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG101   English Composition I 3
PTA232 Orthopedics for the PTA 2
PTA240 Physical Disabilities I 2
PTA251 Therapeutic Procedures II
  4
PTA290
Therapeutic Exercise
3
  TOTAL Credit Hours 
 16

Third Term (Summer Term)

MTH100 Intermediate College Algebra 3
PTA230 Neuroscience 2
PTA241
Physical Disabilities II 2
PTA253 Therapeutic Procedures III 4
PTA260 Clinical Education I 1

TOTAL Credit Hours 
12

Fourth Term (Fall Semester II)

ORI104 Workkeys® Assessment and Advisement 1
PSY200 General Psychology 3
SPH106 OR SPH107 Fundamentals of Oral Communication or Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
PTA200 PT Issues and Trends 2
PTA231 Rehabilitation Techniques 2
PTA261 Clinical Education II       1 
PTA266 Clinical Field Work I 

TOTAL Credit Hours 14

Fifth Term (Spring Semester II)

PTA210 Human Growth and Development 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
PTA201 PTA Seminar 2
PTA204 PTA Forum I
PTA268 Clinical Practicum

TOTAL Credit Hours
14

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 the fourth week of semester one. This may be obtained at the College through enrollment in EMS 100 or at any other approved agency or facility.

***If applicable (one orientation to college course required of first-time College students)

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