Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS
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|Fall Semester 1|
|BIO||168||Anatomy and Physiology I||3||3||0||4|
|ENG||111||Writing & Inquiry||3||0||0||3|
|PHY||125||Health Science Physics||3||2||0||4|
|PTA||110||Introduction to Physical Therapy||2||3||0||3|
|PTA||130||Physical Therapy Procedure I||1||6||0||3|
|Spring Semester 1|
|BIO||169||Anatomy and Physiology II||3||3||0||4|
|ENG||114||Professional Research and Reporting||3||0||0||3|
|PTA||150||Physical Therapy Procedure II||1||6||0||3|
|Summer Semester 1|
|PTA||160||Physical Therapy Procedure III||2||3||0||3|
|PTA||180||PTA Clinical Education Introduction||0||0||9||3|
|Fall Semester 2|
|PTA||182||PTA Clinical Ed I||0||0||6||2|
|PTA||240||Physical Therapy Procedure IV||3||6||0||5|
|PTA||254||Pediatrics for the PTA||0||3||0||1|
|PTA||280||PTA Issues I||1||0||0||1|
|PTA||282||PTA Issues II||0||3||0||1|
|Spring Semester 2|
|PTA||260||Advanced PTA Clinical Education||0||0||30||10|
|PTA||252||Geriatrics for the PTA||2||0||0||2|
Suggested preparatory courses for individuals desiring a career as a physical therapist assistant would include biology, medical terminology, or other courses recommended by the program advisor. Other specific recommendations may be made through individual advising with a program advisor.
The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications and supporting documents must be completed and submitted by February 15 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.
PHASE I - To be completed by February 15
The applicant must:
- If you are not currently enrolled at SCC complete an application to the college. Designate Physical Therapy Assistant AAS Degree (A45620) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program.
- Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Exception: current high school students
- Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the Admissions Office.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
- Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following methods:
- Take and pass the basic components of the Computerized Placement Test. These consist of algebra, arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar and basic computer skills. The test is administered several times each week on the Jackson and Macon Campuses and is free of charge. To schedule a test session, contact Testing Services at ext. 4332. If you do not pass the basic components of the placement test, you must enroll in and successfully complete the appropriate developmental coursework prior to the program deadline. If you are unsuccessful in achieving the appropriate cut-off scores in any component of the test, please see the academic retest policy.
- Appropriate SAT or ACT scores and successful completion of high school or college computer literacy course within the past six years. See admissions section for additional details.
- Provide an official high school transcript indicating graduation within the last five years with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.6 and completion of a "fourth math" beyond Algebra II.
- Successful completion of a college-level math, algebra, English and computer literacy course.
- Complete a process of professional investigation in physical therapy. The investigation process includes both direct clinical observation and internet based research. The process should help the candidate be better prepared and gain an improved understanding of the profession to include: the rigor and cost of the professional education process, the roles of the different physical therapy professionals, the concept of the health care team, and the rehabilitation process. Each applicant should contact the PTA program coordinator for details and necessary documents to complete the investigative process.
- Must take ATI TEAS-Allied Health exam. Details for testing dates and times can be secured from the advisor. This is not a pass or fail test. It is used to measure your potential to be successful in the program. You may take the test one time per annual application period. For more information, visit https://www.southwesterncc.edu/testing-center/teas-v-nursing-test-essential-academic-skills
- Complete ACA 111 or equivalent course and CIS 110 with a grade of "C" or better for students who have not had experience with a word processing application (e.g. Microsoft Office).
- Contact the program coordinator for information about the selective admissions process.
The top 40 candidates, based on a point scale which is available by request to the program faculty, who have completed all parts of Phase I by the program deadlines will be scheduled for a personal interview. All interview candidates must review and sign the program standards form concerning essential functions. Program Standards
Selected applicants will be notified by the Admissions Office of provisional acceptance to the program. Once an applicant returns the signed Acknowledgement of Acceptance form to the Admissions Office.
Those individuals who are notified of acceptance status, will also be provided with SCC health forms to be completed by the appropriate medical personnel. The completed medical forms must indicate that the candidate is capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program. All conditionally accepted candidates must return the health forms at a scheduled required informational session prior to the beginning of the fall semester I. As part of this session, candidates must successfully complete a physical demands activity which includes essential abilities for the field of physical therapy. PTA Physical DemandsNotes:
- Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Admissions Office.
- Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
- Applicants may take non-Physical Therapist Assistant, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
- Contact your advisor for detailed information about the objective selection process.
- All students admitted into a health science program may be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing a minimum of once each academic year. Additional testing may be required by facilities in which the students are completing clinical coursework. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
- All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/ or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.
- A student who presents problems of physical or emotional health at any time throughout the program and has not responded to appropriate treatment within a reasonable period of time will be required to withdraw from the program. Any student whose behavior conflicts with safety may also be required to withdraw from the program.
Clinical education will be provided at cooperating health care facilities and other related settings. Many of these sites may require the student to relocate or travel extensively for this part of the program. All expenses are the student’s responsibility.
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