Physical Therapist Assistant
The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the direction and supervision of physical therapists.
Physical therapist assistants must complete a two-year education program. The course of study includes one semester of general education prerequisite courses and then the four-semester PTA program which consists of the technical physical therapist assistant courses.
Students may complete the general education prerequisite courses at any accredited college or university; however, enrollment in the four-semester PTA program at the GTCC Jamestown campus is limited. Resources, such as clinical facilities and clinical instructors, limit the number of applicants accepted into the program. Acceptance into the PTA Program is competitive: a total of twenty-four individuals are admitted to the program each fall. All applicants must meet minimum requirements and specific deadlines. However, meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Students not admitted to the program who wish to be considered for the following year must re-apply.
Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Guilford Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone:703-706-3245, website: http://www.capteonline.org.
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Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS | A45640
Physical Therapist Assistant
Associate in Applied Science
Advising Code: A 45 64 0
Contact: (336) 334-4822, ext. 50280
Limited Enrollment Program: Contact the Enrollment Services Office for Program admission requirements and Program application deadlines.
The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. Physical Therapist Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.
Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting people throughout the life-span.
Suggested high school courses for individuals desiring a career as a physical therapist assistant include biology, anatomy and physiology, algebra, chemistry, and physics.
Students can complete the general education prerequisite courses at other colleges and universities; however, students accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program must take the PTA courses on the Jamestown campus of Guilford Technical Community College. Accepted PTA students will also be required to participate in clinical education courses located in various healthcare facilities throughout North Carolina. Complete information about the admissions process is available in the Enrollment Services office.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Guilford Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. Graduates are eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
Employment is available in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, public school systems, education centers, corporate or industrial health centers, athletic facilities, and fitness centers.
Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum, graduates should be able to:
- Perform in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patients, self, and others
- Demonstrate expected clinical behaviors in a professional manner in all situations
- Perform in a manner consistent with established legal standards, standards of the profession, and ethical guidelines
- Adapt delivery of physical therapy services with consideration for patients’ difference, values, preferences, and needs
- Communicate in ways that are congruent with situational needs
- Develop plans to improve knowledge, skills, and behaviors
- Demonstrate clinical problem-solving
- Perform physical therapy data collection and interventions in a competent manner
- Produce quality documentation in a timely manner to support the delivery of physical therapy services
- Participate in the efficient delivery of physical therapy services
*Individuals entering the Physical Therapist Assistant program must complete all seven general education courses listed below as part of the program admission requirements.
Spring Semester I
- BIO 165 Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4 or
- BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4
- ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Credits: 3
- PHY 110 Conceptual Physics Credits: 3
- PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab Credits: 1
- PSY 150 General Psychology Credits: 3
- Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Credits: 3
Total Credits: 17
Fall Semester I
- BIO 166 Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4 or
- BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4
- PTA 110 Introduction to Physical Therapy Credits: 3
- PTA 125 Gross and Functional Anatomy Credits: 5
- PTA 135 Pathology Credits: 4
Total Credits: 16
Spring Semester II
- PTA 145 Therapeutic Procedures Credits: 4
- PTA 215 Therapeutic Exercise Credits: 3
- PTA 222 Professional Interactions Credits: 2
- PTA 245 PTA Clinical III Credits: 4
- Communication or Second English Elective Credits: 3 1
Total Credits: 16
Summer Semester I
- PTA 225 Introduction to Rehabilitation Credits: 4
- PTA 255 PTA Clinical IV Credits: 4
Total Credits: 8
Fall Semester II
- PTA 212 Health Care/Resources Credits: 2
- PTA 235 Neurological Rehabilitation Credits: 5
- PTA 155 PTA Clinical I Credits: 2
- PTA 185 PTA Clinical II Credits: 3
Total Credits: 12
Total credit hours required for degree: 69
Communications or Second English Electives
- COM 110 Introduction to Communication Credits: 3
- COM 120 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3
- COM 231 Public Speaking Credits: 3
- ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Credits: 3
- ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting Credits: 3