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Physical Therapist Assistant

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About the Program

ptaThe Physical Therapist Assistant program at Germanna Community College will prepare the graduate with the skills, knowledge and attitudes expected of an entry-level physical therapist assistant. The program will focus on evidence-based practice of safe and effective physical therapy care delivery, across the spectrum of care and with sensitivity to differences in age, gender and cultural background.

Length of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The PTA program will be full time, five semesters in length (66 credits), and will culminate in an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Graduates will be prepared to take the National Licensing Examination, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Successfully passing the licensure exam permits the graduate to enter the workforce as an entry-level Physical Therapist Assistant.

Courses taken for Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Students will complete general education courses in the areas of science, communication, sociology and psychology to prepare to work in a rehabilitation career. The two-year, full-time technical program guides students sequentially through coursework in the science of human movement, pathology of the human body, clinical skills development and the application of physical therapy procedures and treatments. The program will include clinical lab work and field trips to reinforce and support classroom coursework, as well as three full-time clinical education experiences under the supervision of a clinical instructor. Students are expected to be available daily on a full-time basis to accommodate the changing schedules inherent to a program of this nature.