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Physical Therapist Assistant Curriculum Sequence

Pre Admission Requirements

Course Course Name Credit Hours Prerequisites
ENGL 101 Critical Reading & Writing 3
  • Placement at college level English OR
  • Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099
BIOL 181 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
  • Completion of high school or college level BIOL course within last 5 years OR
  • Completion of BIOL 099 with a grade of C or better AND
  • Completion of MATH 094 or 095 or higher OR
  • Completion of MATH 089/131 (141) OR
  • Placement at college level math AND
  • Placement at college level English OR
  • Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
BIOL 182 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
  • Completion of MATH 094 or 095 or higher OR
  • Completion of MATH 089/131 (141) OR
  • Placement at college level math AND
  • Placement at college level English OR
  • Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
COMM 101 Intro to Oral Communication 3
  • Placement at college level English OR
  • Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
HLTH 225 Clinical Kinesiology 3
  • BIOL 181 with a grade of C or higher or concurrent enrollment
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
  • Placement at college level English OR
  • Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
PSY 209 Human Growth & Development 3
  • Placement at college level English OR
  • Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

1st Year Spring Semester

  • Monday & Wednesday:  8:00 am - 4:50 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday:  8:00 am - 12:30 pm (optional open lab until 2:30 pm)
  • Online course - PTA 100 - 1st 8 weeks
Course Course Name Credit Hours Prerequisites
PTA 100 Introduction to Physical Therapy 1 Admission to the PTA Program
PTA 101 Principles of Patient Care 2 Admission to the PTA Program
PTA 102 Patient Care Skills & Assessment 3 Admission to the PTA Program
PTA 110 Physical Agents in Rehabilitation I 2 Admission to the PTA Program
PTA 111 Application of Physical Agents I 3 Admission to the PTA Program
PTA 120 Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise 3 Admission to the PTA Program
PTA 121 Therapeutic Exercise for Orthopedic Conditions 3 Admission to the PTA Program

1st Year Summer Semester

  • Full time clinicals:  5 days/week, 8 hours/day, 4-6 weeks (must complete 160 contact hours).  Begins the Monday after finals (May) and lasts through June.
Course Course Name Credit Hours Prerequisites
PTA 140 Clinical Experience I 4 Completion of all previous PTA courses with a "C" or better

1st Year Fall Semester

  • Monday:  10:00 am - 2:50 pm
  • Wednesday:  8:00 am - 2:50 pm (PTA 230 is a Hybrid = online as well as face-to-face once a week on Wednesday)
  • Tuesday & Thursday:  8:00 am - 12:50 pm (optional open lab until 3:30 pm)
Course Course Name Credit Hours Prerequisites
PTA 210 Physical Agents in Rehabilitation II 3 Completion of all previous PTA courses with a "C" or better
PTA 211 Application of Physical Agents II 3 Completion of all previous PTA courses with a "C" or better
PTA 220 Concepts in Rehabilitation 4 Completion of all previous PTA courses with a "C" or better
PTA 221 Rehabilitation Techniques 3 Completion of all previous PTA courses with a "C" or better
PTA 230 PTA Pathophysiology 3 Completion of all previous PTA courses with a "C" or better

2nd Year Spring Spring Semester

  • Meet on campus 4-6 different days for 4-6 hours
  • Full time clinicals:  5 days/week, 8 hours/day (must complete 240 contact hours).  Begins 3rd week of January, lasts 6 weeks.
  • Full time clinicals:  5 days/week, 8 hours/day (must complete 240 contact hours).  Begins in March, lasts 6 weeks.
Note: Clinicals will encompass a need to travel within a radius of up to 90 miles from Heartland Community College.

This schedule is subject to change based on needs of students, program, and institution.

Course Course Name Credit Hours Prerequisites
PTA 240 Clinical Experience II 10 Completion of all previous PTA courses with a "C" or better
PTA 250 Clinical Seminar 2 Completion of all previous PTA courses with a "C" or better

Information 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.

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