Last updated 3/18/2014
Associate in Applied Science Code: 5179
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Black Hawk 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: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org
The Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant prepares students to perform physical therapy procedures under the supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants are primarily employed in hospitals, extended care and nursing home facilities, and in private practices.
Employment of Physical Therapist assistants is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2014.
The curriculum for Physical Therapist Assistant is career oriented and accredited by the American Physical Therapy Education Association.
- High school graduation or equivalent.
- A physical examination prior to any clinical coursework.
- PTA Application Process. Students are strongly encouraged to get their application in early, as this selection process begins in January and is very competitive. Applications will be accepted starting September 1st. Applicants are interviewed and reviewed for selection in the order in which the program received their application. The program admits 24 students each fall. Applications are available online at the department page. or you may request to have one mailed to you through New Student Services at the Quad-Cities Campus.
- Students wishing to apply after March 1st should check whether applications are still being accepted at the department page.
- Interview with PTA selection committee. The interview is part of a written and oral selection process.
- Minimum of “C” average in courses previously completed at Black Hawk College and any courses transferred from other colleges
- Students must achieve a grade of “C” or above in all PTA courses to continue in the program.
Students must also successfully document and need all health and background checks required by academic departments and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses. [Download not found]
The PTA program is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2013.
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
BIOL 145 — Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIOL 150 — Medical Terminology (3)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
PTA 100 — Introduction to PTA (3)
PTA 113 — Physical Agents I (2)
PTA 201 — Kinesiology (4)
BIOL 146 — Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
PSYC 101 — Introduction to Psychology (3)
PTA 202 — Physical Rehabilitative Techniques (3)
PTA 203 — Pathology (2)
PTA 204 — Practicum I (3)
PTA 207 — Massage (1)
PSYC 200 — Human Growth and Development (3)
PTA 205 — Physical Therapy Science (2)
PTA 208 — Therapeutic Exercise I (3)
PTA 214 — Practicum II (3)
SPEC 114 — Interpersonal Communication (3)
MATH 108 — Statistics for General Education or (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers
PTA 209 — Therapeutic Exercise II (4)
PTA 213 — Physical Agents II (3)
PTA 290 — Clinical Seminar (2)
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communication (3)
PTA 280 — Clinical Internship I (4)
PTA 281 — Clinical Internship II (4)
Minimum total hours required for degree (72)
Upon completion of this course of study, students will be eligible to take the board examination to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. (The student is bound by the Illinois Physical Therapy Act: Paragraph 4257/Section 7 and Paragraph 4258.1/Section 8.1).