HEGIS Code - 5219, CIP Code - 51.0806
Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: PHTA-AAS
The five-semester Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares the graduate to work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist (PT). The PTA assists the PT in providing physical therapy services to individuals with changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes, and/or providing prevention services to promote health, wellness, and fitness. Tasks performed by the PTA include instruction in therapeutic exercise and functional training, utilization of specialized equipment and physical agents, communication with the PT regarding the response of individuals to interventions, documentation of treatment sessions, and interaction with other health care providers, patients, and their families. Clinical experience in a variety of settings allow the student to explore various specialties.
The curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and leads to the Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). Completion of the five-semester program and the passage of the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) are required for certification and employment as a PTA in New York State. A misdemeanor or felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NPTE and become certified in New York State as a PTA. Applicants with questions should contact the Office of Professions/State Board of Physical Therapy for direction.
Graduates have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private physical therapy offices, rehabilitation facilities, schools, and skilled nursing facilities. Salaries compare favorably with other professions with similar academic preparation and may vary depending upon the type of facility and geographic location.
Applicants for this degree should have a desire to work with people, demonstate good communication and interpersonal skills and a strong aptitude in science.
No transfer credits will be accepted for PTA designated courses. The PTA program is a terminal program and is not designed as a transfer program to an upper division Physical Therapy Program.
Incoming students must meet the health requirements of the Physical Therapist Assistant program which include proof of immunizations and an annual physical examination and PPD. Students must provide proof of certification in adult CPR, which includes training in an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), through the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or a college-credit CPR course. This certification must be maintained throughout the course of the program. Students who do not meet these two requirements will not be permitted to participate in the clinical portion of the program.
Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of C+ in BIO130, a minimum 2.5 GPA in the four program prerequisites (BIO130, ENG101, PSY101, and the restricted COM elective), a C in all PTA classroom and laboratory courses, and a C+ in all clinical coursework in order to continue in the program sequence. Any non-PTA-designated courses taken in the fourth and fifth semesters must be taken in the evening or on weekends in order to accommodate the scheduling of clinical experiences. Two PTA courses in the fourth and fifth semester have an evening component. Clinical courses require students to travel to a wide variety of physical therapy facilities in Suffolk County and students are responsible for their own transportation. Fees for clinical courses will include the purchase of liability insurance. A criminal background check is required prior to starting PTA150. Drug testing may be required by some clinical facilities. Students are responsible for the cost of these services. Students shall maintain a student membership in the American Physical Therapy Association during the second through fifth semesters. Students will be required to complete 16 hours of community service and participate in eight hours of professional activities while in the Program.
|Admission Procedures and Requirements|
The program admits a class of 26 students in the fall semester only. There are five semesters of course work which includes all required prerequisites, general education, liberal arts and sciences, technical and clinical courses. Application deadline is January 15. The PTA program is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not assure acceptance into the program.
|MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION CONSIDERATION|
|Direct from high school||Continuing Student|
*Anatomy and physiology course work may not be older than 10 years. Prerequisites of high school chemistry and algebra or their equivalents are required for BIO130. CHE100 is recommended for those without high school chemistry and MAT006 or MAT007 is recommended for those without Algebra.
|Please contact the Ammerman Campus Admissions Office or the PTA program for a copy of the program's Admissions Information Packet and fact sheet outlining selection criteria and specific admissions policies.|
|FIRST SEMESTER: 15 credits||Credits|
|*||BIO130: Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|COL101: College Seminar||1|
|*||COM102: Interpersonal Communication
or COM107: Small Group Communication
|*||ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition||3|
|PED130: Lifetime Fitness||1|
|*||PSY101: Introduction to Psychology||3|
|SECOND SEMESTER: 14 credits||Credits|
|**||BIO132: Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|**||PSY210: Lifespan Development||3|
|♦||PTA101: Normal Movement and Development||3|
|♦||PTA103: Interventions I||1|
|♦||PTA105: Introduction to Physical Therapy||2|
|♦||PTA107: Interventions II||1|
|THIRD SEMESTER: 17 credits||Credits|
|**||BIO246: Anatomy and Physiology of Human Movement||4|
|MAT103: Statistics I||3|
|♦||PTA150: Clinical Practicum I||1|
|♦||PTA153: Acute Care Physical Therapy||2|
|♦||PTA155: Interventions III||3|
|FOURTH SEMESTER: 12 credits||Credits|
|+♦||PTA200: Clinical Practicum II
(10 Clinical Hours)
|♦||PTA221: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy||3|
|♦||PTA223: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy||3|
|♦||PTA225: Cardiovascular/Pulmonary/Integumentary Physical Therapy||1|
|♦||PTA227: Interventions IV||1|
|FIFTH SEMESTER: 12 credits||Credits|
|+♦||PTA250: Clinical Practicum III
(30 Clinical Hours)
|♦||PTA251: Data Collection||1|
|MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED||70|
|All technical (PTA) courses must be taken in the semester scheduled.|
|**||Course must be completed by the end of the semester in which it is scheduled.|
|***||Physical Education elective must be selected from PED113, PED126, PED144, or PED147.|
|+||Course has an evening component or must be taken in the evening.|
|♦||These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.|