A.A.S. Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (A45620)

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.

Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the life-span. Clinical Education is provided at cooperating hospitals, public healthcare facilities, and private physical therapy centers.

Graduates may be eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, private clinics, and public school systems.

Students entering clinical externships (usually in their last two semesters) may be required by the clinical site to provide a criminal background check and a drug screening test before or during each rotation. A criminal history or positive drug screen may preclude the student from being placed for clinical rotation and therefore prevent the student from finishing the degree or diploma. A positive drug screen during the rotation will result in a failing grade for that clinical and will prevent the student from continuing in the program.

Suggested Sequence of Courses
FALL SEMESTER 1
ACA 115--Success and Study Skills
BIO 168--Anatomy and Physiology I
*MAT 115--Mathematical Models
PTA 110--Introduction to Physical Therapy
PTA 130--Physical Therapy Procedures I
PTA 150--Physical Therapy Procedures II
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
SPRING SEMESTER 1
BIO 169--Anatomy and Physiology II
**CIS 111--Basic PC Literacy
***COM 231--Public Speaking
PTA 120--Functional Anatomy
PTA 140--Therapeutic Exercise
PTA 170--Pathophysiology
SUMMER SEMESTER 1
ENG 111--Expository Writing
PTA 160--Physical Therapy Procedures III
Behavioral/Social Sciences Elective
FALL SEMESTER 2
PTA 182--PTA Clinical Education I
PTA 210--PTA Clinical Education II
PTA 222--Professional Interactions
PTA 240--Physical Therapy Procedures IV
PTA 280--PTA Issues I
SPRING SEMESTER 2
PTA 212--Health Care/Resources
PTA 254--Pediatrics for the PTA
PTA 260--Advanced Clinical Education
PTA 270--PTA Topics
*May be substituted by MAT 161--College Algebra
**May be substituted by CIS 110--Introduction to Computers
***May be substituted by ENG 115--Oral Communications
Program Eligibility

Eligibility for acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be determined using the following scoring system:

Interview Academic Observation Hours Educational Level Completed Character Reference Letters
Up to 15 points Points Based on Grade and Number of Credit hours:
Grade Achieved A B C
General Ed .4 .3 .2
BIO 168 & BIO 169 .8 .6 .4
41-100 hrs:
2 points
100 hrs:
3 points
Athletic Training or PT Tech experience:
4 points
HS Diploma:
2 points
Associates:
3 points
Bachelors:
4 points
1 point per letter
(two maximum)
Careers

Graduates may be eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, private clinics, and public school systems.

Facilities

MCC's Physical Therapist Assistant program utilizes state of the art equipment for instruction in therapeutic exercise and soft tissue treatments. The list of equipment includes computerized ultrasound, electrical stimulation, mechanical traction, whirlpools, computerized tread mills and step machines, and electronic isokinetic equipment. Classroom instruction is enhanced with multi-media and computer technology in the form of interactive software, and multi-media computer displays.

Syllabi

For a complete list of syllabi used in MCC's Physical Therapist Assistant program, please browse the Course Syllabi page.

Policies and Procedures

PTA Policy and Procedure Manual

CAPTE Authorized Statement of Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Martin Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email accreditation@apta.org; website www.capteonline.org.

Complaints Received Outside of Due Process

Complaints against the PTA program may be directed to the office of the MCC President (abritt@martincc.edu) where a written record will be kept of the complaint and the appropriate action taken. A complaint against the MCC PTA program may also be filed at the NC Board of PT Examiners at http://www.ncptboard.org and the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association at http://www.ncpt.org.

PTA Program Performance Measures

PTA program acceptance rate, matriculation rate, graduation rate, employment rate and licensure exam passing rate will be placed on the http://www.martincc.edu web site. The licensure exam passing rate is already on the website under the title of performance measures. To see specific MCC PTA program performance measures, view this file: MCC PTA Program Performance Measures

Student Handbook

PTA Handbook