Physical therapy provides services to patients and clients of all ages who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. The physical therapist assistant works under the supervision of the licensed physical therapist to provide treatments in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, extended care centers, school systems, ambulatory care centers, private practice and other centers where physical therapists are employed. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take an exam to qualify for licensure in the state in which the graduate chooses to practice.

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with “C” or higher.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.
  • Complete the following with "C" grade or higher: BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I (or BIO-2330), HTEC-1000 Introduction to Patient Care, MA-1020 Medical Terminology I

Other Information

  • 24 students accepted per year
  • All science courses must have been completed within the past 10 years.
  • Candidates must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale for the following core courses (or transfer of comparable courses from another college or university). All admissions requirement courses must have a grade of "C" or better and eligibility for MATH-1240 (or higher level). Admissions requirement courses are ENG-1010, BIO-2331, HTEC-1000, and MA-1020.
  • An overall GPA of 2.7 must be achieved and be maintained. Only accredited college and university credits as listed http://www.tri-c.edu/transfer-center/transfer-of-credit-to-tri-c.html will be accepted. Overall GPA is calculated based on all previous college coursework completed through the semester prior to the date of application.
  • For students applying for admission to the program for 2017 and beyond, we can choose not to consider grades from another institutions transcript that are older than 7 years and that negatively impact the overall GPA. In this case, we will not accept any coursework from that transcript, even if that coursework meets current prerequisite requirements.
  • Completion of 40 hours of work, volunteering and/or observation in a Physical Therapy Department under the supervision of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. These hours must be documented on our Experience Verification Form.
  • Any student placed in ESL courses through the college's ESL Assessment procedure will be required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum scoring in Reading 21, Listening 18, Writing 24 and Speaking 26.
  • Criminal background check required.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Safely administer effective treatment interventions as defined by the Physical Therapist’s plan of care, adjusting to the patient’s physical, emotional, and cultural responses; instructs and educates the patient, family and/or caregivers in continued care and injury prevention.
  2. Recognize and educate others regarding the role and scope of practice of the Physical Therapist Assistant in the implementation of the plan of care as established by the supervising Physical Therapist and communicate patient’s status to the physical therapist.
  3. Obtain pertinent data; recognize changes and/or responses of patient conditions and environmental hazards that jeopardize safety; modify intervention within the plan of care and takes appropriate action.
  4. Act professionally and ethically according to the APTA Code of Ethics and Standard of Conduct including social responsibility, commitment to patients and consumer needs, lifelong learning, and the physical therapy profession.
  5. Identify and document operational performance improvements and provide accurate and timely information for billing and reimbursement purposes.
  6. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing with members of health care team in an appropriate, culturally sensitive, effective and capable manner.
  7. Complete thorough, accurate, logical, concise, timely and legible manual and electronic documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice acts, the practice setting, and other regulatory agencies.
  8. Sit for licensure examination.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HTEC-1000 Introduction to Patient Care 1
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours11
First Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PTAT-1100 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assisting 2
PTAT-1300 Functional Anatomy 4
PTAT-1311 Fundamentals of Physical Therapy 2
PTAT-1320 Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise 2
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
PTAT-1401 Clinical Pathophysiology 2
PTAT-1411 Physical Therapy Procedures 3
PTAT-1420 Therapeutic Exercise 3
PTAT-2341 Psychosocial issues in Physical Therapy 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session
PTAT-2940 Field Experience I 1
 Credit Hours1
Third Semester
HTEC-1120 Critical Thinking in Healthcare 1
HTEC-1610 Introduction to Pharmacology 2
PTAT-2200 Physical Therapy in Acute Care Setting 2
PTAT-2301 Long Term Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Procedures 4
PTAT-2310 Pediatric Physical Therapy 2
PTAT-2330 Geriatric Physical Therapy 2
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
PTAT-2840 Clinical Practicum I 1 2
PTAT-2850 Clinical Practicum II 1 2
PTAT-2970 Practicum Seminar 1
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours63