SLCC General Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
70 credits including prerequisites

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Program Description

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program provides both general and technical education. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

The program consists of four semesters of physical therapist assistant coursework and labs in addition to the prerequisite courses. Upon successful completion, graduates are awarded an associate of applied science degree. Graduates are able to sit for the national examination for physical therapist assistants, which allows the individual to be eligible for licensure in states that require licensure to practice. To practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Utah, licensure is required.

Career Opportunities

The Physical Therapist Assistant is a health care provider working with individuals and their families under the supervision of a physical therapist in providing client care by applying a variety of therapy treatments in a variety of health care settings. Treatment techniques include heat, cold, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, traction, massage and therapeutic exercises. Health care settings include hospitals, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, out-patient clinics, sports medicine clinics, work hardening programs, schools and homes. The physical therapist assistant also will be involved in modification of treatment programs, client/family education and discharge planning under the direction of a physical therapist.

Program Entry Requirements

Admission Process
  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student.
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.
    Send to:
    SLCC Incoming Transcript
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O. Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808

  4. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Incoming Transcript Office.  Download the Request for Transcript Evaluation. This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s SLCC application will be considered.
  5. Complete Accuplacer exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC, (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and RDG/WRETG courses as prerequisites). See: Student Testing Services
  6. Program course prerequisites are as follows:
    • ALL prerequisites have a limit of two attempts
    • BIOL 2320/2325 must be completed w/ a B or better and be less than 5 years old
    • PTA 1010 and PTA 1500 must be completed w/ a B or better
    • Remaining prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

BIOL 2320

Human Anatomy

4

A

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2325

BIOL 2325

Human Anatomy Lab

0

A

Coreq: BIOL 2320

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/a C or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

MATH 1010

Interm Algebra

4

A

RDG 0990; within the last year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score

PSY 1100

Human Growth & Dev

3

A

 

PSY 1010

Intro to Physical Therapy

2

F, Sp

 

PSY 1500

Practice issues for the PTA

2

F, SP

PTA 1010

NOTE: All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submitting application for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.


Program-Specific Application Requirements

See the Physical Therapist Assistant Program for essential information regarding completion of application requirements.

Estimated Cost for Students

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $400

Estimated Time to Completion

Students will follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall).

Specialized Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education,1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488

Program Objectives

See the Physical Therapist Assistant department website for detailed information on the Physical Therapy Program assessment outcome.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing (EN)

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1010

Intermed Algebra (QS)

4

A

RDG 0900 w/C or better and within the past year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communication (CM)

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program contains communication as a curriculum thread. Courses integrate communication into content presented in the classroom and clinical settings. Students learn basic communication skills in the beginning level courses. Additional content is added with each course, including group dynamics, group communication, therapeutic and non-therapeutic patterns of communication.

Human Relations (HR)

Human relations training is embedded within the physical therapist assistant curriculum. Human needs and interpersonal relationships are constant with each patient/physical therapist assistant relationship and are threaded throughout the physical therapy curriculum.

 

Required Courses: (52 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PTA 2010

Functional Anatomy

3

 

PTA 1500 and acceptance into the technical program

PTA 2015

Functional Anatomy Lab

1

 

PTA 1500 and acceptance into the technical program

PTA 2100

Patient Care Skills

2

 

Admission into technical portion of program

PTA 2110

Patient Care Skills Lab

1

 

Admission into technical portion of program

PTA 2200

Therapeutic Modalities

2

 

Admission into technical portion of program 

PTA 2210 Therapeutic Mods Lab 2   Admission into technical portion of program
PTA 2300 Therapeutic Mods Exer 2   Admission into technical portion of program
PTA 2310 Therapeutic Exercise Lab 2   Admission into technical portion of program
PTA 2350 Data Collection PTA 2   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan
PTA 2360 Data Collection PTA Lab 2   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan
PTA 2400 Musculoskeletal Disord 3   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan
PTA 2410 Musculoskeletal Dis Lab 1   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan
PTA 2450 Neurological Disorders 2   PTA 2010 and 2300
PTA 2460 Neurological Dis Lab 2   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan
PTA 2510 PT for Spec Clientele 3   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan
PTA 2520 PT for Spec Clientele Lab 1   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan
PTA 2530 Gerontology 2   PTA 2300
PTA 2550 Rehabilitation Psy 2   PTA 2300 and 2400
PTA 2600 Clinical Experience I 4   PTA 2100, 2200 and 2300
PTA 2700 Clinical Internship I 6   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan
PTA 2710 Clinical Internship II 6   PTA 2700
PTA 2750 Seminar for PTA 1   Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan

 NOTE: 75% of major course requirements must be completed at Salt Lake Community College.

Sample Schedule

Prerequisites

ENGL 1010

3

 

 

MATH 1010

4

 

 

PSY 1100

3

 

 

BIOL 2320/2325

4

 

 

PTA 1010

2

 

 

PTA 1500

2

 

 

Total

18

 

 

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

PTA 2010

3

PTA 2350

2

PTA 2015

1

PTA 2360

2

PTA 2100

2

PTA 2400

3

PTA 2110

1

PTA 2410

1

PTA 2200

2

PTA 2510

3

PTA 2210

2

PTA 2520

1

PTA 2300

2

PTA 2530

2

PTA 2310

2

PTA 2850

2

Total

15

Total

16

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

PTA 2450

2

PTA 2700

6

PTA 2460

2

PTA 2710

6

PTA 2550

2

PTA 2750

1

PTA 2600

4

 

 

Total

10

Total

13

Advising Notes

The Physical Therapist Assistant program accepts 24 students every Fall semester. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submitting application to the program. The program consists of theory, laboratory and clinical courses. The curriculum is offered during the day only. Students must complete the technical curriculum in the order outlined by the program and maintain a C grade (77%) or better in each required course.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant exam through the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy (www.fsbpt.org). Licensure is required in the State of Utah.

 Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • Program graduates demonstrate technological skills appropriate for entry-level employment as a physical therapist assistant.
Acquiring substantive knowledge in field of their choice, developing knowledge and skills, thinking critically
  • Program graduates demonstrate research skills appropriate to an entry-level physical therapist assistant.
Thinking critically and developing quantitative literacies
  • Program graduates demonstrate professionalism through behaviors consistent with the APTA Code of Ethics and state licensure regulations for physical therapist assistants.
Developing knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  • Program graduates demonstrate skills in the use of current equipment consistent with the field of physical therapy.
Developing knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  • Program graduates communicate clearly with physical therapy stakeholders in verbally and written formats.
Communicating effectively
Department Contact Info

Allied Health Division
Jordan Campus, JCHSC 059A

General Information
801-957-6215

Program Information
801-957-6243

Physical Therapist
Assistant Program

Academic Advising
Jordan Campus
JHS 047
801-957- 6407

Health Science Admissions
JHS 047
801-957-6253

Program Faculty

Professors
Ken Freeman, DPT
Diana Ploeger, PT, M Ed