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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Physical therapist assistants (PTA) perform physical therapy interventions and other duties under the supervision and direction of a physical therapist (PT). Physical therapy involves managing movement dysfunction and enhancing physical function and ability. This is achieved by restoring, maintaining, and promoting optimal physical function and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health. PTAs are expected to collect data and implement interventions within the PT's plan of care for patients of all ages with cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, and integumentary diagnoses. This is done to help prevent onset, progression, symptoms, and/or functional limitations that may result. This information is communicated to the supervising PT, both verbally and written. Physical therapy personnel are needed in hospitals of all types, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. Clinics and community health agencies also offer employment opportunities. Texas requires that a national licensure exam be successfully completed after graduation in order to practice as a PTA in this state. Upon applying to take the licensing examination, the graduate will have to answer questions about his/her drug, alcohol, psychiatric, and/or conviction history for determination of eligibility to take the national licensing exam. ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE PTA PROGRAM. Each applicant to the PTA program must complete a minimum of forty (40) hours as a volunteer/aide in a physical therapy facility. This Program is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; (703) 706-3245. Admission criteria may be obtained from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Office or by visiting the program web site at Students accepted into the program are required to have a physical examination, provide documentation of immunizations, and verify annual tuberculosis status. At the time of successful completion of the program the graduate will demonstrate technical competence in entry level skills and knowledge required of a PTA. Physical therapy interventions will be provided safely, ethically and within the scope of practice as defined by the profession and licensure requirements.

In order to meet requirements of clinical agencies, criminal background checks and drug screenings for all Health Sciences students are now required as part of the admissions process.

Program changes may not be reflected in the current ACC Catalog publication. Please access the most up to date information on the program's web page through a link at or by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Offices at Eastview Campus, Room 8356 or Round Rock Campus, Room 3105.

  Prerequisites Credit Hours
  ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
    HPRS 1106 Essentials of Medical Terminology 1
    Mathematics1 3
  BIOL 2304 Human Anatomy Lecture 3
  BIOL 2101 Human Anatomy Lab 1
    PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
    PTHA 1409 Introduction to Physical Therapy 4
  Semester I
  BIOL 2305 Human Physiology Lecture 3
  BIOL 2102 Human Physiology Lab 1
  PTHA 1321 Pathophysiology for the PTA 3
  PTHA 1513 Functional Anatomy 5
  PTHA 1225 Communication in Health Care 2
  Semester II
  PTHA 1431 Physical Agents 4
  PTHA 2205 Neurology 2
  PTHA 2409 Therapeutic Exercise 4
  Semester III
  PTHA 1361 Clinical - Physical Therapist Assistant 3
  PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development 3
  PTHA 2435 Rehabilitation Techniques 4
  PTHA 2431 Management of Neurological Disorders 4
  Semester IV
  +#  PTHA 2239 Professional Issues 2
  PTHA 2360 Clinical - Physical Therapist Assistant 3
  PTHA 2461 Clinical - Physical Therapist Assistant 4

  +Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
  #Capstone course
  1Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List.