Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages and help people who have movement difficulties due to injury or disease get back to doing the things in their lives that they want and need to do. Unlike a physical therapist, the PTA cannot evaluate a patient, but can provide vital and ongoing assessment and treatment interventions toward specific short- and long-term goals.
Care provided by a PTA may include therapies designed to improve mobility, strength or function; to relieve pain; to prevent or limit disability; and to promote overall wellness and fitness.
Generally, PTAs are employed wherever physical therapists work. Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home and public health agencies, schools, private physical therapy practices, and the armed forces are major employers.
Students will be admitted to program as a pre-major. Prior to being admitted as a full major, students must complete the following additional requirements:
- Students must meet with the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant program advisor regarding application and program admission requirements prior to application deadline.
- Provide documentation, from official transcripts, of successful completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C.
|BIOL A111||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL A112||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|One of the following:||3|
|Fundamentals of Oral Communication|
|Small Group Communication|
|WRTG A111||Writing Across Contexts||3|
|MA A101||Medical Terminology||3|
|MA A104||Essentials of Human Disease||3|
|PSY A111||General Psychology||3|
|or PSY A150||Lifespan Development|
- Complete the Physical Therapist Assistant program application process.
- Provide a copy of current Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers certification.
- Provide evidence of current immunizations as requested by the department.
- Once admitted, and prior to program start, submit to a national-level criminal background check.
Special admission and application procedure requirements apply. Interested students should contact the Physical Therapist Assistant Department for selection criteria. Completion of admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Due to the risks associated with working in a health care setting, students are required to have health insurance. Health insurance is available for purchase through the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees in oral and written communications (9 credits). In the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the General Course Requirement is fulfilled by completing BIOL A111 and BIOL A112.
- Complete the Program Requirements with a minimum grade of C or P.
|PTA A101||Fundamentals of Physical Therapy||2|
|PTA A105||Tests and Measures||3|
|PTA A110||Kinesiology and Biomechanics||3|
|PTA A120||Rehabilitation I||3|
|PTA A130||Physical Therapy Interventions I||4|
|PTA A150||Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care||2|
|PTA A195||Clinical Practicum I||1|
|PTA A210||Therapeutic Exercise||4|
|PTA A220||Rehabilitation II||3|
|PTA A230||Physical Therapy Interventions II||4|
|PTA A250||Neurological Interventions Across the Lifespan||3|
|PTA A292||Physical Therapist Assistant Seminar||2|
|PTA A295A||Clinical Practicum II||5|
|PTA A295B||Clinical Practicum III||5|
A total of 61 credits is required for the degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, students are able to:
- Exhibit professional behavior in their role as responsible physical therapist assistants, adhering to appropriate ethical, legal and regulatory standards.
- Engage in evidence-based practice, responding to the dynamics of a changing healthcare system.
- Integrate the principles of the physical, biological and behavioral sciences with the clinical practice of physical therapy.
- Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, families and other members of the health care team.