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 125 Health Science Physics 3 2 0 4
PTA 110 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2 3 0 3
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 140 Therapeutic Exercise 2 6 0 4
PTA 150  Physical Therapy Procedure II
    Totals 10 21 17
Summer Semester 1
PTA 160 Physical Therapy Procedure III 2 3 0 3
PTA 170  Pathophysiology 3 0 0 3
PTA 180  PTA Clinical Education Introduction
PTA 212 Health Care/Resources 2 0 0 2
    Totals 7 3 9 11
Fall Semester 2
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3 0 0 3
PSY 150  General Psychology
PTA 182 PTA Clinical Ed I 0 0 6 2
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
PTA 282 PTA Issues II 0 3 0 1
    Totals 12 12 6 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

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

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. 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.
  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 2.75 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 process of professional investigation in physical therapy. It is critical for anyone pursuing a career in physical therapy to fully understand the profession to include the rigor of the education process, the roles of the professionals involved including collaboration with other health care professionals, and the rehabilitation process. The investigation may include a combination of direct clinical observation, investigative research (guidelines determined by program faculty) or other faculty approved activity. Each applicant should contact one of the program faculty members for details.
  7. Must take 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 www.southwesterncc.edu/testing-center/teas-allied-health-test-essential-academic-skills-allied-health
  8. 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).
  9. Contact the program advisor for information about the selective admissions process.


PHASE II
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 


PHASE III
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

Notes:
  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 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.
  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

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.

PROGRAM REVIEW
2012-2013 Annual Program Review
Program Graduates, Licensure Passage, and Employment Rates

 

Degree: 

AAS

Program ID: 

A45620

Total Credits (Min): 

76

Credential: 

AAS

Eligible for Financial Aid: 

Yes