Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Availability: North Metro Campus

Program Accreditation: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Chattahoochee Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Program Purpose: The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a sequence of courses that prepares students to work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists during the provision of Physical Therapy services. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.  The program includes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction.  Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for a state administered national licensure examination for physical therapist assistants.

Program Length: A fulltime student who has successfully completed all pre-requisite courses with a C or better and who has been admitted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program can complete the Physical Therapist Assistant program in four semesters.

Admission Requirements: Students must meet all admission requirements of the college and have reached the age of 18. Students who intend to apply for the Physical Therapist Assistant program must enroll in the Health Sciences Certificate program to complete the associate degree level pre-requisite courses. The completion of the pre-requisite courses does not guarantee admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant program is competitive, and the program does not maintain a waiting list. Please consult the Physical Therapist Assistant webpage on the college’s website for specific program admission information.

Degree Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE

Required Minimum: 16 Semester Credit Hours

General Education Core Area I: Language Arts/Communication - 3 Credit Hours

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

General Education Core Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences - 3 Credit Hours

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

General Education Core Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics - 7 Credit Hours

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

PHYS 1110Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 1110LConceptual Physics Lab

1

General Education Core Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts - 3 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following courses:

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation

3

ENGL 2110World Literature

3

ENGL 2130American Literature

3

ENGL 2310English Literature from the Beginnings to 1700

3

HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities

3

MUSC 1101Music Appreciation

3

MUSC 2040History of Popular Music

3

THEA 1101Theater Appreciation

3

Non-General Education Degree Courses

BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I

1

BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL 2114LAnatomy and Physiology Lab II

1

PSYC 2103Human Development

3

Occupational Courses

PHTA 1110Introduction to Physical Therapy

2

PHTA 1120Physical Therapy Patient Care Skills

3

PHTA 1130Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology I

3

PHTA 1140Physical Therapy Procedures I

4

PHTA 2110Pathology I

4

PHTA 2120Rehabilitation I

3

PHTA 2130Physical Therapy Procedures II

4

PHTA 2140Clinical Education I

4

PHTA 2150Pathology II

4

PHTA 2160Rehabilitation II

3

PHTA 2170Kinesiology II

3

PHTA 2180Clinical Education II

4

PHTA 2190Clinical Education III

7

PHTA 2200Physical Therapist Assistant Seminar

1

Total Credit Hours: 76