Program of Study

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS


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Fall Semester 1
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 168  Anatomy and Physiology I
ENG 111  Writing & Inquiry
PHY 125 Health Science Physics 3 2 0 4
PTA 110 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2 3 0 3
PTA 130  Physical Therapy Procedure I
    Totals 12 14  17 
Spring Semester 1
BIO 169  Anatomy and Physiology II
ENG 114  Professional Research and Reporting
PTA 120  Functional Anatomy
PTA 140 Therapeutic Exercise 2 6 0 4
PTA 150  Physical Therapy Procedure II
    Totals 10 21 17
Summer Semester 1
PTA 160 Physical Therapy Procedure III 2 3 0 3
PTA 170  Pathophysiology 3 0 0 3
PTA 180  PTA Clinical Education Introduction
PTA 212 Health Care/Resources 2 0 0 2
    Totals 7 3 9 11
Fall Semester 2
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3 0 0 3
PSY 150  General Psychology
PTA 182 PTA Clinical Ed I 0 0 6 2
PTA 222  Professional Interactions
PTA 240  Physical Therapy Procedure IV
PTA 254  Pediatrics for the PTA
PTA 280 PTA Issues I 1 0 0 1
PTA 282 PTA Issues II 0 3 0 1
    Totals 12 12 6 18
Spring Semester 2
PTA 260  Advanced PTA Clinical Education 30  10 
PTA 270  PTA Topics
PTA 252 Geriatrics for the PTA 2 2
    Totals 3 30  13


Suggested preparatory courses for individuals desiring a career as a physical therapist assistant would include biology, medical terminology, or other courses recommended by the program advisor. Other specific recommendations may be made through individual advising with a program advisor.

The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications and supporting documents must be completed and submitted by February 15 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.
PHASE I - To be completed by March 1
The applicant must:
  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC complete an application to the college. Designate Physical Therapy Assistant AAS Degree (A45620) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions if you are not registered as a pre-physical therapist student.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).  Exception: current high school students
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the Admissions Office. 
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript for the last 10 hours of college credits.If you do not have college credits, your cumulative grade point average will be taken from your high school transcript. 
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following:
    1. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
    2. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and the corresponding corequisite. This is a required corequisite for the program.
    3. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses.
    4. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for Phase II of the selective admission process after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses.
  6. Must take ATI TEAS-Allied Health exam. Details for testing dates and times can be secured from the advisor. It is used to measure your potential to be successful in the program. You may take the test one time per annual application period. A minimal score of 60 is required. For more information, visit
  7. Complete ACA 111 or equivalent course with a grade of "C" or better if you do not have at least 10 hours of college credits.
  8. Contact the program coordinator to schedule an advising session. During the advising session, the point scale and observation hours requirements for applicants will be reviewed. 

All components from Phase I must be completed to allow a candidate to progress to Phase II. A point scale is utilized to determine the numerical top 40 candidates from Phase I who qualify. The Phase I point scale is available by request from the program faculty.  Program Standards 

Selected applicants will be notified by the Admissions Office of provisional acceptance to the program. Once an applicant returns the signed Acknowledgement of Acceptance form to the Admissions Office.

Those individuals who are notified of acceptance status, will also be provided with SCC health forms to be completed by the appropriate medical personnel. The completed medical forms must indicate that the candidate is capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program. All conditionally accepted candidates must return the health forms at a scheduled required informational session prior to the beginning of the fall semester I. As part of this session, candidates must successfully complete a physical demands activity which includes essential abilities for the field of physical therapy. PTA Physical Demands

  1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Admissions Office.
  2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  3. Applicants may take non-Physical Therapist Assistant, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  4. Contact your advisor for detailed information about the objective selection process.
  5. All students admitted into a health science program may be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing a minimum of once each academic year. Additional testing may be required by facilities in which the students are completing clinical coursework. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  6. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/ or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.
  7. A student who presents problems of physical or emotional health at any time throughout the program and has not responded to appropriate treatment within a reasonable period of time will be required to withdraw from the program. Any student whose behavior conflicts with safety may also be required to withdraw from the program.


Clinical education will be provided at cooperating health care facilities and other related settings. Many of these sites may require the student to relocate or travel extensively for this part of the program. All expenses are the student’s responsibility.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator
800.447.4091, ext. 4306
Susan Kimel
Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4615