Program of Study

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS


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Fall Semester 1
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 168  Anatomy and Physiology I
ENG 111  Writing & Inquiry
PHY 110  Conceptual Physics
PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab
PTA 110  Introduction to Physical Therapy
PTA 130  Physical Therapy Procedure I
    Totals 12 14  17 
Spring Semester 1
BIO 169  Anatomy and Physiology II
ENG 114  Professional Research and Reporting
PTA 120  Functional Anatomy
PTA 150  Physical Therapy Procedure II
PTA 170  Pathophysiology
PTA 212  Health Care/Resources
    Totals 13 15  18 
Summer Semester 1
PTA 140  Therapeutic Exercise
PTA 180  PTA Clinical Education Introduction
PTA 282 PTA Issues II 0 3 0 1
    Totals 2 8
Fall Semester 2
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3 0 0 3
PSY 150  General Psychology
PTA 160 Physical Therapy Procedures III 2 3 0 3
PTA 222  Professional Interactions
PTA 240  Physical Therapy Procedure IV
PTA 254  Pediatrics for the PTA
PTA 280 PTA Issues I 1 0 0 1
    Totals 14 12 18
Spring Semester 2
PTA 260  Advanced PTA Clinical Education 30  10 
PTA 270  PTA Topics
PTA 252 Geriatrics for the PTA 2 2
    Totals 3 30  13


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:

  1. Complete an application for admission to the Program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).  Exception: current high school students
  3. 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. 
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following methods:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Successful completion of a college-level math, algebra, English and computer literacy course.
  6. Complete a minimum of 16 hours (40 for maximum points) of observation time in Physical Therapy at a health care facility. A form for documenting attendance is available from the Program Advisor. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to obtain necessary documentation of attendance and return the form to the Admissions Office. It is your responsibility to schedule your visits, if you have questions about possible sites see your advisor.
  7. Must take TEAS-Allied Health exam. 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
  8. Complete ACA 111 or equivalent course and CIS 110 with a grade of "C" or better.
  9. Contact the program advisor 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 Demands


  1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Admissions Office.
  2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  3. Applicants may take non-Physical Therapist Assistant, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  4. Contact your advisor for detailed information about the objective selection process.
  5. All students admitted into a health science program may be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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