2021-2022 College Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant (A45640)

Associate Degree Program

Career Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under 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 the life span. Graduates may be eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, private clinics and public school systems.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 828-726-2605 or email hbowman@cccti.edu
 

Special Admission Requirements

  • GPA Requirement of 2.75
  • Application
  • High school transcript/Adult high school diploma/high school equivalency
  • College transcripts
  • Gateway English and math readiness
  • View information session online
  • 24 PTA Observation hours
  • ATI-TEAS 6 Admission Test
  • MAR (Minimum Admissions Requirements) Review
  • Health form after acceptance
  • Current Certification in CPR after acceptance
  • Criminal background checks/drug screening after acceptance

Summer Semester I

ClassLabCredit
ACA 115Success & Study Skills02

1

BIO 168Anatomy and Physiology I33

4

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry30

3

PSY 150General Psychology30

3

Semester Total:9511

Fall Semester I

ClassLabCredit
BIO 169Anatomy and Physiology II33

4

COM 120Intro to Interpersonal Communication30

3

MED 121Medical Terminology I30

3

PHY 110Conceptual Physics30

3

and

PHY 110AConceptual Physics Lab02

1

Semester Total:12514

Spring Semester I

ClassLabCredit
PTA 110Introduction to Physical Therapy23

3

PTA 125Gross & Functional Anatomy36

5

PTA 222Professional Interactions20

2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (3 ,0, 3)30

3

Semester Total:10913

Summer Semester II

ClassLabCredit
PTA 135Pathology40

4

PTA 215Therapeutic Exercise23

3

Semester Total:637

Fall Semester II

ClassLabCredit
PTA 145Therapeutic Procedures26

4

PTA 165PTA Clinical I09

3

PTA 185PTA Clinical II09

3

PTA 212Health Care/Resources20

2

PTA 225Introduction to Rehabilitation33

4

Semester Total:72716

Spring Semester II

ClassLabCredit
PTA 235Neurological Rehab36

5

PTA 245PTA Clinical III012

4

PTA 255PTA Clinical IV012

4

PTA 270PTA Topics10

1

Semester Total:43014
Total Hours: 487975