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Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate of Applied Science


  • Academic Year: 2019-2020
  • Division / Department: Health Professions / Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Degree Code: PTA
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Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education {CAPTE} of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA} {The Commission Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Department of Accreditation, American Physical Therapy Association. 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. VA 22314; www.apta.org/CAPTE; 703-706-3245)

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares assistants who contribute to physical therapy services by performing a variety of functions under the supervision of a physical therapist. The curriculum provides theory, lab practice and clinical experience to prepare students to perform quality patient care. A student completing the program is eligible to sit for the licensing examination administered by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Job opportunities exist in a wide variety of health care settings. If developmental courses are needed for Texas Success Initiative requirements, such courses must be completed before entry into the program.

A student has five years to complete the Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum after official enrollment in the first Physical Therapist Assistant course. Contact the program director for more information.

Although the program can be completed in 5 semesters/ 80 academic weeks; students are STRONGLY encouraged to complete ALL of the GENERAL ACADEMIC course work prior to applying to the PTA program.

Marketable Skills:

An entry-level physical therapist assistant and graduate of the program will demonstrate:

1. The ability to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner that reflects an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the PTA within the physical therapy delivery system.

2. The ability to use critical thinking, clinical reasoning, judgment, and problem-solving skills to apply evidence-based physical therapy interventions.

3. The ability to work both intra- and inter-professionally by the effective use of written, oral and nonverbal communication with patients, families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public.

4. The ability to interact with patients and families in a manner which provides the desired psychosocial support including the recognition of cultural differences.

5. The ability to be a lifelong learner by keeping current with evidence-based professional practice.

6. Active involvement in professional development, leadership, and advocacy.

Completion of BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology 1, with a C or better is required prior to starting the PTA program.

BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hours
Total hours:4 hours

Semester I

PTHA 1409 Introduction to Physical Therapy 4 hours
PTHA 1413 Functional Anatomy 4 hours
PTHA 2301 Essentials of Data Collection 3 hours
PTHA 1225 Communications in Health Care 2 hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 hours
16 hours

Semester II

PTHA 1431 Physical Agents 4 hours
PTHA 2409 Therapeutic Exercise 4 hours
PTHA 1321 Pathophysiology 3 hours
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hours
15 hours

Summer Semester

PTHA 2205 Neurology 2 hours
PTHA 2431 Management of Neurological Disorders 4 hours
6 hours

Semester III

PTHA 1361 Clinical - Physical Therapist Assistant I 3 hours
PTHA 2435 Rehabilitation Techniques 4 hours
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3 hours
10 hours

Semester IV

PTHA 2362 Clinical - Physical Therapist Assistant II 3 hours
PTHA 2217 Issues in Health Care 2 hours
PTHA 2363 Clinical - Physical Therapist Assistant III 3 hours
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics or
Language, Philosophy, & Culture elective or
Creative Arts elective
3 hours
11 hours
Total hours:58 hours

Creative Arts

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3 hours
ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th Century) 3 hours
ARTS 1304 Art History II (14th Century to the Present) 3 hours
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater 3 hours
DRAM 2361 History of Theater I 3 hours
DRAM 2362 History of Theater II 3 hours
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1308 Music Literature I 3 hours
MUSI 1309 Music Literature II 3 hours
MUSI 1310 American Music 3 hours

Language, Philosophy, & Culture

ENGL 2321 British Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2322 British Literature I 3 hours
ENGL 2323 British Literature II 3 hours
ENGL 2326 American Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2327 American Literature I: Up to the Civil War 3 hours
ENGL 2328 American Literature II: Civil War to the Present 3 hours
ENGL 2331 World Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2332 World Literature I: Up to the 17th Century 3 hours
ENGL 2333 World Literature II: 17th Century to the Present 3 hours
ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature 3 hours
FREN 2311 Intermediate French I 3 hours
GERM 2311 Intermediate German I 3 hours
HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I 3 hours
HUMA 1302 Introduction to Humanities II 3 hours
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
PHIL 1304 Introduction to World Religions 3 hours
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3 hours
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I 3 hours
SGNL 2301 Intermediate ASL I 3 hours