Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.

Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout their lifespan.

Graduates are eligible to take the PTA National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for licensure in whichever state they plan to work. Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient orthopedic clinics, school systems, geriatric health care facilities and home health agencies.

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Physical Therapist Assistant (A45640)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree - Physical Therapist Assistant is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Complete a CPCC admission application.
  • Take required placement tests.
  • Meet with an academic advisor or counselor for preliminary counseling.
  • Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (see website for most up-to-date version: www.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/physical-therapist-assistant)
  • Submit all official high school transcripts and any college transcripts.
  • Complete any required Preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Students must be selected to enter the program. Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses as scheduled and sequenced.
  • Continued progression in the program requires a grade of “C” or better in every course.
  • A physical examination (including a drug screen) documenting the applicant’s ability to complete all program requirements is required.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at CPCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Notes

In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of the program include uniforms, travel to clinical sites, liability and accident insurance, health insurance, a fee for CPR/First Aid certification and/or recertification, a fee for licensure application and the cost of a physical examination including immunizations and blood tests. Current CPR and First Aid certification is required prior to all clinical courses.

In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students are required to submit results of a N.C. state or national criminal background check at their own expense.

Contact Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is in the Health Sciences Division. For more information, first go to the website at http://www.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/physical-therapist-assistant. If further assistance is needed contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6746.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Opera and Musical Theatre
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
Philosophical Issues
History of Rock Music
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Major Requirements
PTA 110Intro to Physical Therapy3.0
PTA 125Gross & Functional Anatomy5.0
PTA 135Pathology4.0
PTA 145Therapeutic Procedures4.0
PTA 212Health Care/Resources2.0
PTA 215Therapeutic Exercise3.0
PTA 222Professional Interactions2.0
PTA 225Intro to Rehabilitation4.0
PTA 235Neurological Rehab5.0
PTA 245PTA Clinical III4.0
PTA 255PTA Clinical IV4.0
PTA 165PTA Clinical I3.0
PTA 185PTA Clinical II3.0
BIO 168Anatomy and Physiology I4.0
or BIO 165 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 169Anatomy and Physiology II4.0
or BIO 166 Anatomy and Physiology II
MED 120Survey of Medical Terminology2.0
PTA 270PTA Topics1.0
Total Credits75

No diplomas offered.

No certificates offered.

Courses

PTA 110. Intro to Physical Therapy. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the field of physical therapy including the history and standards of practice for the physical therapist assistant and basic treatment techniques. Emphasis is placed on ethical and legal considerations, universal precautions, vital signs, documentation, basic patient preparation and treatment skills, and architectural barrier screening. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the role of the physical therapist assistant and demonstrate competence in basic techniques of patient care.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 168 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 125. Gross & Functional Anatomy. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an in-depth, clinically oriented survey of gross and functional anatomy. Emphasis is placed on musculoskeletal and nervous systems and clinical biomechanics, including goniometry, basic manual muscle testing, and components of normal gait. Upon completion, students should be able to identify specific anatomical structures and describe, observe, and measure musculoskeletal posture and function.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 168 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 135. Pathology. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces principles of pathology, processes of and normal responses to injury and disease, and changes related to aging. Emphasis is placed on conditions most commonly treated in physical therapy. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss basic pathological processes and identify etiology, signs, symptoms, complications, treatment options, and prognoses of specific orthopedic conditions.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 169 PTA 110 PTA 125 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 145. Therapeutic Procedures. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a detailed study of specific treatment procedures and the physiological principles and techniques involved. Emphasis is placed on the correct application of superficial heat and cold, massage and soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound, diathermy, traction, and electrical stimulation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the application of these modalities and explain the indications, contraindications, effects, and precautions for each.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 169 PTA 110 PTA 125 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 165. PTA Clinical I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-9.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity to gain clinical experience and apply academic skills and knowledge to patient care. Emphasis is placed on performing patient care skills, observation and measurement, and professional and patient interaction. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate safe and effective clinical practice as measured by a standardized performance evaluation.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 135 PTA 145 PTA 215 PTA 222 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 185. PTA Clinical II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-9.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity to gain clinical experience and apply academic skills and knowledge to patient care. Emphasis is placed on performing patient care skills, observation and measurement, and professional and patient interaction. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate safe and effective clinical practice as measured by a standardized performance evaluation.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 135 PTA 145 PTA 215 PTA 222 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 212. Health Care/Resources. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an overview of various aspects of health care delivery systems and the interrelationships of health care team members. Topics include health agencies and their functions, health care team member roles, management, and other health care issues. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the functions of health organizations and team members and aspects of health care affecting physical therapy delivery.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 225 PTA 235AB PTA 165 PTA 185 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 215. Therapeutic Exercise. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic concepts of strengthening, endurance, and flexibility exercise and balance, gait, and posture training. Emphasis is placed on applying techniques to the treatment of orthopedic conditions. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and effectively execute basic exercise programs and balance, gait, and posture training.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 169 PTA 110 PTA 125 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 222. Professional Interactions. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to assist in the development of effective interpersonal skills in the physical therapist assistant setting. Topics include reactions to disability, the grieving process, methods of communication, motivation, health promotion, disease prevention, and aging. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss and demonstrate methods for achieving effective interaction with patients, families, the public, and other health care providers.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 169 PTA 110 PTA 125 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 225. Intro to Rehabilitation. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary conditions, as well as causes and treatment of amputations. Emphasis is placed upon pathological processes as well as comprehensive treatment of the various conditions studied. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss etiology, signs, symptoms, complications, and prognoses of various conditions and implement components of a comprehensive treatment program.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 135 PTA 145 PTA 215 PTA 222 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 235AB. Neurological Rehab. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers neurological and neuromuscular conditions experienced throughout the life span. Topics include the pathology of selected conditions and the methods and rationales of various treatment approaches. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss etiology, signs, symptoms, complications, and prognoses of various conditions and implement components of a comprehensive treatment program. This is the first part of a course sequence consisting of an in-depth study of the neurological system and focusing on conditions affecting it in adulthood.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 135 PTA 145 PTA 215 PTA 222 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 235BB. Neurological Rehab. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers neurological and neuromuscular conditions experienced throughout the life span. Topics include the pathology of selected conditions and the methods and rationales of various treatment approaches. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss etiology, signs, symptoms, complications, and prognoses of various conditions and implement components of a comprehensive treatment program.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 225 PTA 235AB PTA 165 PTA 185 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 235. Neurological Rehab. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers neurological and neuromuscular conditions experienced throughout the life span. Topics include the pathology of selected conditions and the methods and rationales of various treatment approaches. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss etiology, signs, symptoms, complications, and prognoses of various conditions and implement components of a comprehensive treatment program.

PTA 245. PTA Clinical III. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity to gain clinical experience and apply academic skills and knowledge to patient care. Emphasis is placed on performing patient care skills, observation and measurement, and professional and patient interaction. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate safe and effective clinical practice as measured by a standardized performance evaluation.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 225 PTA 235AB PTA 165 PTA 185 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 255. PTA Clinical IV. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity to gain clinical experience and apply academic skills and knowledge to patient care. Emphasis is placed on performing patient care skills, observation and measurement, and professional and patient interaction. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate safe and effective clinical practice as measured by a standardized performance evaluation.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 225 PTA 235AB PTA 165 PTA 185 with a minimum grade of C

PTA 270. PTA Topics. 1.0 Credit. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the physical therapist assistant profession in preparation for the state licensure exam. Topics include developing time management skills and practicing for the competence examinations. Upon completion, students should be able to identify individual academic strengths and weaknesses and utilize this information to continue self-study for the licensure exam.

Prerequisites: Take PTA 225 PTA 235AB PTA 165 PTA 185 with a minimum grade of C