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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-524-1

 

For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC


Overview
— Prepare to work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, private clinics and other health agencies. Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist. Duties include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to the plan of care, teaching patients to perform exercises and activities of daily living, conducting treatments using special equipment, and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient’s progress. 

Attributes that will contribute to your success include strong oral and written communication skills, dependability, patience, empathy and the ability to lift and transfer patients.

Accreditation Information: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org; http://www.capteonline.org


Student Outcomes
(3-year average):
Graduation Rate (2010 - 2012): 67.6%
Licensure Exam Pass Rate (2008 - 2010): 100%
FSBPT Ultimate Pass Rates by Institution
Employment Rate (2009 - 2011): 97%

 

Career Outlook — The need for physical therapist assistants is projected to grow due to increases in the geriatric population and the increased need for support personnel in all areas of healthcare. Wisconsin requires licensure before the physical therapist assistant may practice in this state. For additional career information, visit www.apta.org.


Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective communication with patients, families and the health care team
  • Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect respect and sensitivity according to physical therapy practice standards
  • Function under the supervision of a physical therapist in a safe, legal, ethical manner
  • Produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to implement and adjust a plan of care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist
  • Perform technically competent physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist
  • Educate patients, families and other health providers
  • Integrate components of administrative, operational and fiscal practices of physical therapy service in a variety of settings
  • Implement a self-directed plan for career development, credentialing and lifelong learning

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

The following are also required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment
  • One year of high school-level algebra, biology and chemistry or physics
  • Good health as evidenced by a medical examination
  • Documentation of proper immunizations
  • Documentation that the Essential Job Functions have been reviewed, in keeping with the requirements of the federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Documentation of compliance with Wisconsin's Caregiver Law.

Required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better in each course.
These courses are NATSCI-177, NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202.

 

Possible Careers:
Physical Therapist Assistant
Rehabilitation Manager

 

Related Programs:
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Registered Nursing


Start Dates: August/January

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.


Curriculum effective 2014-15.

TECHNICAL STUDIES

 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

 

PTASST-138

PTA Kinesiology 1 ‡

3

 

(1)

 

PTASST-139

PTA Patient Interventions ‡

4

 

(1)

 

PTASST-140

PTA Professional Issues 1 ‡

2

 

(2)

 

PTASST-141

PTA Kinesiology 2 ‡

4

 

(2)

 

PTASST-142

PTA Therapeutic Exercise ‡

3

 

(2)

 

PTASST-143

PTA Therapeutic Modalities ‡

4

 

(2)

PTASST-145

PTA Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation ‡

4

(3)

 

PTASST-144

PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation ‡

4

 

(3)

 

PTASST-146

PTA Management of Cardiopulmonary and Integumentary Conditions ‡

3

 

(3)

 

PTASST-147

PTA Clinical Practice 1 ‡

2

 

(3)

 

PTASST-148

PTA Clinical Practice 2 ‡

3

 

(4)

 

PTASST-149

PTA Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan ‡

2

 

(4)

 

PTASST-150

Professional Issues 2 ‡

2

 

(4)

 

PTASST-151

PTA Clinical Practice 3 ‡

     5

 


GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

PSYCH-159

Abnormal Psychology

3

                                            

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 


ENG-151 and


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡ 

3

 

(or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 


MATH-107


College Mathematics ‡


3

 

 

(or) Any 200-series MATH course


NATSCI-177


General Anatomy and Physiology ‡ 
(or) NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202


4

 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations


3

 

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 


SOCSCI-172


Introduction to Diversity Studies


3

 


(or) Any 200-series HIST or SOCSCI course

                                       

 

    ELECTIVES Suggested Electives: Three Credits Needed        3  
           

 

 

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness

 

HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology

PSYCH-240

Health Psychology ‡

OFTECH-103

Keyboard and Keypad


TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

Required Natural Science courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better in each course. 

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.


NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with the GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times and locations of classes, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.