The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Germanna Community College prepares the graduate with the skills, knowledge and attitudes expected of an entry-level physical therapist assistant. The program provides training in 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.
The PTA program is a full time commitment, five semesters in length (66 credits), and culminates 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). Graduation from a PTA program accredited with The Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is required to sit for the PTA licensure examination in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Successfully passing the licensure exam permits the graduate to enter the workforce as an entry-level Physical Therapist Assistant.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Curriculum
Students interested in the AAS for Physical Therapist Assistant should select “ALLIED HEALTHCARE PREPARATION” as their major while preparing to apply for the program.
Students will complete general education courses in the areas of science, communication, sociology and psychology to prepare to work in a rehabilitation career. Four semesters of specific PTA curriculum guides students sequentially through coursework in the science of human movement, common injuries and pathology, clinical skills development and the safe and effective application of physical therapy interventions within the PTA scope of work. See the Application Information Packet for more details about the curriculum. The program includes clinical lab work, simulations, and field trips to reinforce and support classroom coursework, and students complete 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.
Students in the PTA program must provide proof of immunization against MMR, influenza, Varicella, Tdap, and Hepatitis B, and are required to complete documentation of a medical exam prior to attending clinical education.