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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

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Purpose: The developing Physical Therapist Assistant Program seeks to support the College’s service community by producing successful graduates of a comprehensive program of study who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of an entry-level physical therapist assistant (PTA).

Program Goal: The Associate in Applied Science PTA degree curriculum is designed to produce graduates who will be prepared to obtain and maintain PTA licensure and to deliver safe, effective and ethical entry-level physical therapy care, under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, across the spectrum of care, and with sensitivity to socioeconomic and cultural differences of the individuals they will serve.

Program Outcomes: Upon completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, graduates will:

  1. demonstrate the ability to collect and review data in order to administer evidence-based interventions within the limits of the PTA scope of work and as outlined by the physical therapist in the plan of care;
  2. demonstrate written and verbal communication related to the practice of physical therapy that is effective, professional, and presented in a manner appropriate to the intended audience;
  3. apply critical thinking and decision-making skills to the provision of physical therapy care to ensure patient safety and to appropriately progress the plan of care as developed by the physical therapist; and
  4. adhere to federal and state regulations, facility policies and procedures, and APTA standards of ethical conduct in clinical practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for the PTA include jobs in hospitals, nursing home/extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, outpatient clinics, Veteran’s Administration clinics, sports facilities, school systems, and private outpatient clinics. Experienced physical therapist assistants are also utilized as clinic directors. The physical therapist assistant works under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to administer components of the plan of care.

Accreditation Status of the Developing Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Germanna Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant Curriculum :

(including prerequisites and required General Education courses):

Degree RequirementsCredits

Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or 101 1

English English 1113

HumanitiesAny course from ART, ENG LIT, HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language (American Sign Language does not qualify) 3

Social Sciences PSY 230, SOC 200 6

Biology or Natural SciencesBIO 141-142 (or NAS 161-162)8

CPRHLT 105 1

PTA Technical Courses (taken in predetermined sequence)PTH 105, 110, 115, 121, 122, 131, 151, 210, 225, 226, 251, 252, 25544

Total Minimum Credits66

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