Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

PTA3

Program Description

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are licensed health care providers who work with patients and administer physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of licensed physical therapists. The duties of PTAs include assisting physical therapists in implementing the plan of care and performing interventions using heat, cold, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, water, massage, therapeutic exercise, gait training, balance and coordination, and functional activities. Physical therapist assistants maintain constant communication with physical therapists regarding patient progress and response to treatment and record this information in the patient medical records. PTAs help patients learn or improve their ability to perform functional activities. They may also instruct patients on how to use prosthetics, braces, crutches, walkers, or wheelchairs. Currently, Georgia and 47 other states require PTAs to gain licensure prior to obtaining employment. Upon completion of degree requirements, program graduates receive a Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to sit for the licensure exam to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.

Program Specific Information

Students are accepted Spring semester.

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

Students begin in the Healthcare Science technical certificate of credit until program pre-requisites are met.

Program Length & Availability

5 Semesters

Campus Availability: Forsyth

Financial Aid

This program is eligible for the Pell Grant and may be eligible for Institutional and State Financial Aid.

Contact a Financial Aid Counselor for eligibility requirements and application materials.

Admissions Requirements

Must be 18 years of age.

High school diploma or GED is required prior to admission.

(Official transcripts or GED scores must be submitted from all colleges and/or high schools attended for credit.)

ACCUPLACER Testing, or submit SAT, ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET test scores.

Curriculum

General Education Core – Total of 27 Hours

Area I – Language Arts/Communications – Choose 3 Hours

ENGL 1101Composition & Rhetoric

3

Area II – Social/Behavioral Sciences – Choose 6 Hours

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

PSYC 2103Human Development

3

Area III – Mathematics – Choose 3 Hours

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

Area III – Natural Sciences – Choose 12 Hours

BIOL 2113Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 2113LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab

1

 

BIOL 2114Anatomy & Physiology II

3

BIOL 2114LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab

1

 

PHYS 1110Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 1110LConceptual Physics Lab I

1

Or

PHYS 1111Introductory Physics I

3

PHYS 1111LIntroductory Physics Lab I

1

Area IV – Humanities/Fine Arts – Choose 3 Hours

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation

3

ENGL 2110World Literature

3

ENGL 2130American Literature

3

HUMN 1101Intro to Humanities

3

MUSC 1101Music Appreciation

3

RELG 1101World Religions

3

THEA 1101Theater Appreciation

3

Program-Specific Core – Total of 49 Hours

PHTA 1110Intro to Physical Therapy

2

PHTA 1120Patient Care Skills

3

PHTA 1130Functional Anatomy/Kinesiology

3

PHTA 1140Physical Therapy Procedures

4

PHTA 2110Pathology

4

PHTA 2120Rehabilitation

3

PHTA 2130Physical Therapy Procedures II

4

PHTA 2140Clinical Education

4

PHTA 2150Pathology II

4

PHTA 2160Rehabilitation II

3

PHTA 2170Kinesiology II

3

PHTA 2180Clinical Education II

4

PHTA 2190Clinical Education III

7

PHTA 2200Phys Therapist Asst Seminar

1

Total Credit Hours: 76

Graduation Plan

Note: For a list of which courses are part of the elective area, please see the Curriculum tab for this program.

Semester One

ENGL 1101Composition & Rhetoric

3

BIOL 2113Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 2113LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab

1

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

Total Credit Hours:13

ENGL 1101 and MATH 1111:- Pre-Req: Test Scores – See Advisor

BIOL 2113:- Pre-Req: Regular Admission*, Co-Req: ENGL 1101 + BIOL 2113L

PSYC 1101:- Pre-Req: Regular Admission* for Engl/Read

BIOL 2113L:- Co-Req: BIOL 2113

Semester Two

BIOL 2114Anatomy & Physiology II

3

BIOL 2114LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab

1

PHYS 1110Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 1110LConceptual Physics Lab I

1

PSYC 2103Human Development

3

Area IV General Education Core

3

Total Credit Hours:14

BIOL 2114:- Pre-Req: BIOL 2113 + Lab, Co-Req: BIOL 2114L

BIOL 2114L:- Co-Req: BIOL 2114

PHYS 1110:- Pre-Req: ENGL 1101 + Area III MATH, Co-Req: PHYS 1110L

PHYS 1110L:- Co-Req: PHYS 1110

PSYC 2103:- Pre-Req: PSYC 1101

Note: PSYC 2103 is ONLY offered Fall Semester each year.

Semester Three

PHTA 1110Intro to Physical Therapy

2

PHTA 1120Patient Care Skills

3

PHTA 1130Functional Anatomy/Kinesiology

3

PHTA 1140Physical Therapy Procedures

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Semester Four

PHTA 2110Pathology

4

PHTA 2120Rehabilitation

3

PHTA 2130Physical Therapy Procedures II

4

Total Credit Hours:11

Semester Five

PHTA 2140Clinical Education

4

PHTA 2150Pathology II

4

PHTA 2160Rehabilitation II

3

PHTA 2170Kinesiology II

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Six

Apply for Graduation

PHTA 2180Clinical Education II

4

PHTA 2190Clinical Education III

7

PHTA 2200Phys Therapist Asst Seminar

1

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 76

This plan is for informational purposes ONLY. It is not a substitute for meeting with a program advisor each term.

Program Accreditation

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lanier Technical College is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 678-341-6646 or email pta@laniertech.edu.