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    Aug 09, 2020  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), AAS

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Program of Study

The Associate of Applied Science Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares graduates for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. A physical therapist assistant performs a broad range of skilled clinical services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist and in a variety of health settings including hospital-based acute and outpatient; skilled nursing facilities; sub-acute rehabilitation hospitals; privately owned outpatient clinics; and home health agencies. Physical therapist assistants administer the patient treatment and interventions as directed by the supervising physical therapist; collect measures and other patient-related data; progress the patient within the parameters established by the supervising physical therapist; and document the treatment appropriately.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination. Graduates must then pass the NPTAE in order to become licensed as a physical therapist assistant.

The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:

  • Achieve entry-level competence in all skill areas as specified in the Minimum Required Skills of Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates at Entry-Level.
  • Act in accordance with the behavioral expectations of the physical therapy profession and the patients/client served therein.
  • Display effective communication, problem-solving and conflict management skills in the classroom, laboratory, and healthcare environments.
  • Apply the principles of evidence-based practice through critical thinking and evaluation of the research.
  • Engage in career development through student government, APTA and continuing education opportunities.

Total Technical Credit Hours: 35

Total General Education and Related Credit Hours: 30

Total Credit Hours: 65

Entry Level Requirement for PTA degree program:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  2. Completion of 40 hours of volunteer experience in two physical therapy environments
  3. Completion of FBI/BCI background check
  4. Eligible to enroll in all first semester courses
  5. Ability to perform all functions described in PTA Essential Functions
  6. Submission of completed application packet by due date

All students graduating from Terra State Community College with an Associate degree of any kind will be functionally proficient in common computer operations and applications. Please see your academic advisor or academic division office for further details.

See your advisor for appropriate course selection.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Terra State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 419-559-2185 or email

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