Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical or health-related conditions that limit their ability to move or perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, extended care facilities, schools, and sports facilities.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to

  • Follow a plan of care established by a physical therapist and carry out physical therapy interventions in a safe, ethical, and competent manner at entry-level;
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication skills with patients, families/caregivers, health care providers, peers, third-party payers, and the public;
  • Recognize the need for continued personal and professional growth to ensure competence in current practices of physical therapy and a commitment to lifelong learning;
  • Demonstrate behavioral expectations as established by the APTA in the Values-Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant (January 2011);
  • Participate as an effective member of the health care team and educate the health care community on the respective roles of the PT and PTA; and
  • Show a personal commitment of health and wellness and dedication to serve to the profession of physical therapy and the community.
First Year

1PSYX 100 is an acceptable substitution.

Second Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 19
Spring Semester: Interim Session
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 20
Summer Semester
Third Semester Total: 8
Total Credits: 74

3AHPT 210, AHPT 220 and AHPT 295 include a 4-7 week clinical.
R Indicates Related Instruction requirement.
*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

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