Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3675
First Term: 2013 Summer I   
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 66-73
CIP Code: 51.0806

Occupational Area: Health Science
Instructional Council: Occupational Administrators (53)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Not Found


Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Physical Therapist Assisting program prepares students to use physical therapy modalities and procedures under the direction of a physical therapist. The physical therapist assistant works with patients who have physical impairments requiring physical therapy services to relieve pain and heal damaged tissue; improve range of motion, strength, and functional mobility. Physical therapy treatments include but are not limited to the application of therapeutic modalities; therapeutic exercise including stretching, range of motion, and strengthening; mobility skills including ambulation, transfers, and wheelchair mobility activities; balance exercises; and wound care management.

The Physical Therapist Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Only graduates of an accredited training program may practice as a physical therapist assistant in the state of Arizona. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the certification exam administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. A passing score on this exam is required for licensure/certification to practice as a physical therapist assistant in Arizona and in many other states.




Required Courses
HCC130 Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery (3) OR
equivalent course, education, OR
Work experience as evaluated by the Integrated Competency Assessment Network (ICAN) 0-3

HCC146 Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers 2
+ PTA101 Survey of Physical Therapy 1.5
+ PTA103 Kinesiology 3
+ PTA104 Musculo-Skeletal Assessment Techniques 1.5
+ PTA200 Patient Mobility Techniques 4
+ PTA202 Therapeutic Modalities 5
+ PTA203 Clinical Pathology 3
+ PTA205 Communication in Physical Therapy 1.5
+ PTA206 Clinical Practicum I 3
+ PTA207 Clinical Practicum Seminar I 1
+ PTA208 Rehabilitation of Special Populations 5
+ PTA210 Orthopedic Physical Therapy 4
+ PTA214 Electromodalities 2.5
+ PTA215 Wound Care for the Physical Therapist Assistant 1
+ PTA217 Clinical Neurology 2
+ PTA230 Physical Therapy Seminar 2
+ PTA280 Clinical Practicum II 3
+ PTA281 Clinical Practicum Seminar II 1
+ PTA290 Clinical Practicum III 3
+ PTA292 Clinical Practicum Seminar III 1
+ PTA295 Physical Therapist Assistant Examination Review 2
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Credits: 55-58

Program Competencies
1. Apply knowledge of disease processes for effective treatment of patients in the physical therapy practice setting. (HCC146, PTA203, PTA206, PTA207, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
2. Use medical terminology. (HCC146, PTA206, PTA207, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290)
3. Treat patients for improved muscle action to stabilize and produce movement in the joints of the extremities and the spine. (PTA101, PTA103, PTA104, PTA206, PTA207, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
4. Provide therapeutic exercise and mobility training to treat physically challenged patients including the use of prosthetic and orthotic devices. (PTA103, PTA104, PTA200, PTA206, PTA207, PTA208, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
5. Treat patients with common injuries to joints of extremities or spine according to physical therapist`s treatment plan. (PTA103, PTA104, PTA205, PTA206, PTA207, PTA210, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
6. Apply superficial heat and cold, ultrasound, electromagnetic radiation, intermittent venous compression, massage, hydrotherapy, light and traction according to treatment programs established by the physical therapist. (PTA104, PTA202, PTA205, PTA206, PTA207, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
7. Treat patients using electrical currents safely according to the physical therapist`s treatment program. (PTA104, PTA205, PTA207, PTA214, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
8. Treat patients with neurological, integumentary and cardiovascular disorders according to physical therapist`s treatment plans. (PTA104, PTA205, PTA207, PTA208, PTA215, PTA217, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
9. Apply ethical guidelines and legal concepts to workplace situations. (PTA206, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292)
10. Apply decision-making skills to common workplace situations. (HCC130, PTA206, PTA207, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292)
11. Apply basic techniques of therapeutic and effective communication within the general health care setting. (PSY101, PTA206, PTA207, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
12. Apply the principles of physical therapy treatment, including patient care and safety in the physical therapy practice setting. (HCC130, PTA206, PTA207, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
13. Demonstrate clinical problem solving techniques, professional ethics and care management skills in the role of a physical therapist assistant. (HCC130, PTA206, PTA207, PTA230, PTA280, PTA281, PTA290, PTA292, PTA295)
Last Updated: April 23, 2013

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