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2013-14 College Catalog

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Physical Therapist Assistant - A.A.S. Degree Program (Career)

Application Code 282

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division—Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

Under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist, the Physical Therapist Assistant, a skilled technical health care provider, performs selected physical therapy procedures and related tasks. Depending on the employment setting and the individual patient, those tasks may include contributing to total patient care and assisting the Physical Therapist in carrying out complete procedures and programs.

General Education Core

Composition

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3 credits

Humanities, Arts and Literature

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPCH-110Interpersonal Communication

3 credits

Social Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSYC-101General Psychology

3 credits

Science

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4 credits

BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH-138Statistics

4 credits

Required Courses Related to Major

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

PTAP-100Introduction to Physical Therapy

2 credits

PTAP-110Fundamentals of Practice I

3 credits

PTAP-120Clinical Kinesiology

3 credits

PTAP-130Therapeutic Modalities

3 credits

PTAP-150Clinical Pathology

3 credits

PTAP-160Orthopedic Dysfunctions I

3 credits

PTAP-210Fundamentals of Practice II

3 credits

PTAP-213Clinical Education I

2 credits

PTAP-214Clinical Education II

2 credits

PTAP-230Therapeutic Modalities II

3 credits

PTAP-240Therapeutic Exercise

3 credits

PTAP-250Clinical Neuroscience

3 credits

PTAP-260Orthopedic Dysfunctions II

3 credits

PTAP-265Professional Issues in Pt

1 credit

PTAP-270Clinical Education III

4 credits

PTAP-275Clinical Education IV

4 credits

Total Credit Hours: 70

Applicants for the PTA program must have completed the following minimum prerequisite/general education coursework: College-level English Composition or HCC’s ENGL-121, BIOL-101, and MATH-138. Applicants must have an overall HCC GPA of 2.25 or higher and an overall science/mathematics GPA of 2.0 or higher, must have completed BIOL-203 with a “B” or better, and are required to have a minimum of 25 hours of documented PT clinical observation experience. A grade of “C” or better is required in all Physical Therapist Assistant and science courses.

Effective November 7, 2012, Howard Community College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.