Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS



Year 1 Semester 1
Summer
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I

Anatomy & Physiology I is intended for students entering a field of study in health sciences or kinesiology.  This course is the first semester of a two semester sequence and includes a study of basic cell biology histology the integument skeletal muscular and nervous systems. Animal dissection is a required component of laboratory activity in both face-to-face and online format. Successful completion of BIOL 2401 with a C or better allows the student to continue on to BIOL 2402. 

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

TSI complete in reading and writing.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics

The systematic evaluation of classical and/or contemporary ethical theories concerning the good life human conduct in society morals and standards of value.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2402 is a continuation of BIOL 2401.  The course includes a study of the structure and function of human organ systems including circulatory digestive respiratory urinary and reproductive. Animal dissection is a required component of laboratory activity in both face-to-face and online formats .

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

BIOL 2401 with a final grade of C or better.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

ENGL 1301 English Composition I

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes from invention and researching to drafting revising and editing both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices including audience purpose arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning communicating and critical analysis.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.

Note

English Composition I is a prerequisite for all 2000-level literature courses.

Total Credit Hours
14

Year 1 Semester 2
Fall
PTHA 1413 Functional Anatomy

The relationship of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems to normal and abnormal movement.

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and six hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

Admission to the program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 1301 The Profession of Physical Therapy

Introduction to the profession of physical therapy and the role of the PTA including the historical and current scope of physical therapy.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week
Prerequisites

Admission to the program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 1405 Basic Patient Care Skills

Introduction to the theory and application of basic patient handling functional skills communication and data collection techniques.

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and six hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

Admission to the program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 1321 Pathophysiology for the PTA

Study of the pathogenesis prognosis and therapeutic management of diseases/ conditions commonly encountered in physical therapy.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture per week
Prerequisites

Admission to the program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
14

Year 1 Semester 3
Spring
PTHA 2535 Rehabilitation Techniques

Advanced course integrating previously learned and new skills/techniques into the comprehensive rehabilitation of selected diseases and disorders.

Credit hours
5 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and six hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Admission to the program; Successful completion of all PTHA courses up to this point in the curriculum.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 1531 Physical Agents

Study of the biophysical principles physiological effects efficacy and application of therapeutic physical agents.

Credit hours
5 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and six hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

Successful completion of all PTHA courses up to this point.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 2509 Therapeutic Exercise

Critical examination of principles concepts and application of techniques related to therapeutic exercise and functional training.

Credit hours
5 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and six hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Successful completion of all PTHA courses up to this point.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 2301 Essentials of Data Collection

Data collection techniques used to prepare the Physical Therapist Assistant to assist patient/physical therapy management.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Successful completion of all PTHA courses up to this point.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
18

Year 2 Semester 1
May Intersession
PTHA 2305 Clinical Neurology

Study of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as it relates to commonly encountered neurological conditions.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week
Prerequisites

Admission to the program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
3

Year 2 Semester 2
Summer I & II
PTHA 1266 Practicum I

An intermediate type of health professions work-based instruction that helps students gain practical experience in the discipline enhance skills and integrate knowledge. The emphasis is on practical work experience for which the student has already acquired the necessary theoretical knowledge and basic skills. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional generally a clinical preceptor. This is a full-time clinical Practicum for the first-year student to exhibit safe efficacious practice of all clinical/academic skills learned up to this point including: body mechanics transfers gait training vital signs massage bandaging medical asepsis therapeutic modalities therapeutic exercise (beginning) wheelchair assessment postural exercises and goniometry.

Credit hours
2 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hundred twenty-four clinical hours
Prerequisites

Successful completion of PTHA courses in curriculum up to this point with a minimum grade of "C"


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 2531 Management of Neurological Disorders

Comprehensive rehabilitation techniques of selected neurological disorders.

Credit hours
5 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and six hours of lab.
Prerequisites

Admission to the program; Successful completion of all PTHA courses up to this point in the curriculum.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development

This course is designed for students who wish to learn more about the study of human growth development and behavior while considering the impact of physical intellectual social and emotional aspects of growth from conception to maturity. Students will gain a better understanding of the study of human growth from conception to death acquire a basic knowledge of human development and develop a familiarity with psychological terms. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
Total Credit Hours
10

Year 2 Semester 3
Fall
PTHA 2266 Practicum II

An advanced type of health professions work-based training that helps students gain practical experience in the discipline enhance skills and integrate knowledge. The emphasis is on practical work experience for which the student has acquired the necessary theoretical knowledge and basic skills. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional generally a clinical preceptor. This is a full-time clinical practicum for the second-year student to exhibit safe efficacious practice of all clinical/academic skills learned up to this point including: body mechanics transfers gait training vital signs massage bandaging and medical asepsis therapeutic modalities therapeutic exercise wheelchair assessment postural exercises goniometry manual muscle testing and management of orthopedic conditions or general medical/surgical conditions.

Credit hours
2 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hundred twenty-four clinical hours
Prerequisites

Successful completion of PTHA courses in curriculum


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 2267 Practicum III Advanced

An advanced type of health professions work-based training that helps students gain practical experience in the discipline enhance skills and integrate knowledge. The emphasis is on practical work experience for which the student has acquired the necessary theoretical knowledge and basic skills. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional generally a clinical preceptor. This is a full-time clinical practicum for the second-year student in their final rotation to exhibit safe efficacious practice of all clinical/academic skills learned up to this point including: body mechanics transfers gait training vital signs massage bandaging and medical asepsis therapeutic modalities therapeutic exercise wheelchair assessment postural exercises goniometry manual muscle testing and management of an orthopedic patient or the neurologically impaired patient.

Credit hours
2 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hundred twenty-four clinical hours.
Prerequisites

Successful completion of PTHA courses in curriculum.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PTHA 2339 Professional Issues

A capstone course which engages the student in the discussion of professional issues and behaviors related to clinical practice and which prepares the student for transition into the workforce. The schedule for this course will be arranged with the instructor.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Successful completion of all PTHA courses up to this point in the curriculum


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
7

Total Program Hours
66



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Students should consult a faculty advisor or an academic advisor early in their program of study. The Northeast Texas Community College PTA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. NTCC offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree; and, upon graduation, students will be eligible to apply and sit for the PTA Licensing exam. The physical Therapist Assistant program must limit its enrollment due to the limited classroom space and the availability of clinical affiliations. Applicants must meet minimum academic standards to be considered for admission. Application information and forms are located on the NTCC PTA Program website. The deadline for application to the PTA program is March 31st each year. Only college-level courses apply toward the completion of this curriculum and the graduation requirements for the A.A.S.


Recommended High School Endorsement
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For More Information Contact

Bree McAdams-Thompson
903-434-8124
bmcadams@ntcc.edu