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Associate of General Studies

Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Chair
Nina Pope
Health Bldg.
(479) 508-3354

Trina Hayes

The Physical Therapist Assistant program integrates classroom theory with clinical lab practice. It is designed to prepare successful graduates for entry-level employment in the field as Physical Therapist Assistants. The Physical Therapist Assistant is an educated health care provider who works under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist and assists in the provision of physical therapy. The Physical Therapist Assistant provides specially prescribed treatments and exercises through a plan of care developed by the physical therapist that are aimed at improving mobility; relieving pain; or preventing and /or limiting physical disability.

Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, students must complete a platform of 28 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org).

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cosmetology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Curriculum in Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1123 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3
BST 1303

COMS 1003

COMS 2003
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
Microcomputer Applications
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
MATH 1003

MATH 1113
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Total 15
BIOL 1014

PHSC 1013

PHSC 1021
Introduction to Biological Science
Introduction to Physical Science
Introduction to Physical Science Lab
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
HIT 1243 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
Total 13
Summer I
(Extended length term to extend through Summer II)
PTA 1121 Clinical Kinesiology Lab 1
PTA 1122 Clinical Kinesiology 2
PTA 1132 Pathological Conditions 2
PTA 1231 Therapeutic Procedures I Lab 1
PTA 1232 Therapeutic Procedures I 2
PTA 1241 Principles of Physical Therapy Lab 1
PTA 1243 Principles of Physical Therapy 3
PTA 1251 Data Collection in Physical Therapy Lab 1
Total 13
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the PTA courses below.  
PTA 2112 Therapeutic Procedures II Lab 2
PTA 2113 Therapeutic Procedures II 3
PTA 2121 Neurological Development and Motor Control 1
PTA 2142 Therapeutic Ex. and Cardiopulmonary Rehab Lab 2
PTA 2143 Therapeutic Ex. and Cardiopulmonary Rehab 3
PTA 2151 Administrative Procedures 1
PTA 2164 Clinical Experience I 4
Total 16
PTA 2211 Musculoskeletal Rehab Lab 1
PTA 2212 Musculoskeletal Rehab 2
PTA 2221 Neurological Rehab Lab 1
PTA 2222 Neurological Rehab 2
PTA 2234 Clinical Experience II 4
PTA 2235 Clinical Experience III 5
Total 15