PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT DEGREE

Program Overview

(Please note: This degree will be offered beginning with the Fall 2017 semester.)

The 69 credit-hour Physical Therapist Assistant degree program prepares the student to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist, treating patients of all ages who present with various medical conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for licensure as a physical therapist assistant (PTA).

Because of the nature of clinical experiences and individualized instruction required in this program and specialized technology and the equipment necessary to offer this program, a higher tuition rate is assessed for career-specific courses including courses with the PTA prefix. Tuition for the courses in this program is 200 percent of the standard tuition rate.

Admission Requirements:

For admission requirements, please contact the Admissions Outreach Office at 847.925.6700 or visit: harpercollege.edu. Students who apply for this limited enrollment program are obligated to meet current admission requirements and follow program curriculum as defined at the time of acceptance to the program.

Program Requirements

PREREQUISITES:

A grade of C or better in all BIO and ENG coursework is required for all students.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
BIO 160 Human Anatomy1 4 Natural Science
BIO 161 Human Physiology1 4 Natural Science
ENG 101 Composition 3 Communications
Mathematics2 3 Mathematics

FIRST SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all HSC, KIN and PTA coursework is required for all students.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
HSC 112 Medical Terminology 2 Program Requirement
KIN 230 Personal Training I/Exercise Science 3 Program Requirement
NUR 180 Pathophysiology 3 Program Requirement
PTA 101 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant 2 Program Requirement
PTA 105 Orthopedics for Physical Therapy Assistant 5 Program Requirement

SECOND SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all PTA coursework is required for all students.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
PTA 108 Neurology for Physical Therapist Assistant 5 Program Requirement
PTA 111 Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2 Program Requirement
PTA 115 Manual Techniques for the Physical Therapy Assistant 2 Program Requirement
SPE 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3 Communications

SUMMER SESSION:

A grade of C or better in all PTA coursework is required for all students.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
PTA 130 Pta Clinical Experience I 3 Program Requirement

THIRD SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all PTA coursework is required for all students.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 Social and Behavioral Science
PTA 201 Cardiopulmonary/Integumentary for the Physical Therapist Assistant 5 Program Requirement
PTA 205 Therapeutic Modalities 2 Program Requirement
PTA 230 Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Experience II 3 Program Requirement

FOURTH SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all HSC and PTA coursework is required for all students.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
HSC 213 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care 2 Program Requirement
PTA 208 Special Populations for the Physical Therapist Assistant 1 Program Requirement
PTA 225 Physical Therapist Assistant Professional Seminar 1 Program Requirement
PTA 235 Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Experience III 5 Program Requirement
Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science

1 - Must be completed no earlier than five years prior to beginning the PTA program. Time requirement may be waived for direct patient care providers with a minimum of a two-year allied health degree.

2 - MTH 103 is recommended. MTH 101, MTH 124 or higher with a grade of C may be substituted.

+ - This course must fulfill the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

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