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Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate in Applied Science Degree)

66 credit hours.

The PTA program at Heartland Community College leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

This degree contains pre admission (general education) courses, PTA technical courses and practical clinical experiences. The pre- admission courses must be completed with a "C" or greater AND a GPA of 2.5 in these courses must be obtained by the end of the fall semester to be eligible for admission to the PTA program in the subsequent spring. All PTA courses must be taken in sequence.

General Education Core Requirements:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 101 Composition I 3
BIOL 181 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 182 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
COMM 101 Intro to Oral Communication 3
HLTH 225 Clinical Kinesiology 3
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
PSY 209 Human Growth & Development 3

Required Core:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
PTA 100 Introduction to Physical Therapy 1
PTA 101 Principles of Patient Care 2
PTA 102 Patient Care Skills & Assessment 2
PTA 110 Physical Agents in Rehabilitation I 2
PTA 111 Application of Physical Agents I 1.5
PTA 120 Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise 3
PTA 121 Therapeutic Exercise for Orthopedic Conditions 2
PTA 140 Clinical Experience I 4
PTA 210 Physical Agents in Rehabilitation II 3
PTA 211 Application of Physical Agents II 1.5
PTA 220 Concepts in Rehabilitation 4
PTA 221 Rehabilitation Techniques 2
PTA 230 PTA Pathophysiology 3
PTA 240 Clinical Experience II 10
PTA 250 Clinical Seminar 2

This curriculum guide is not intended to be a contract, but rather to provide important information to students, see curriculum sequence for course rotation. Changes/revisions may occur from time to time to ensure curricula reflect technological advances in the field.

Information contained on this Web site is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment. Students who intend to graduate must meet with an Academic Advisor to complete an "Application to Graduate" form a full semester prior to graduation. This will help ensure that a student meets all graduation requirements. Remember to always check with the school you are interested in attending for specific requirements.