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Health Science Department

Associate in Science

Physical Therapist Assistant

PTA-AS

Program Leadership Information

Rebecca Kramer, Program Director and Curriculum Coordinator, (727) 341-3614

Program Summary

Transferable to a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

Program begins every August.

All Physical Therapist Assistant courses (PHT) are given only at the Health Education Center at 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park.

Due to the time-intensive nature of the PTA program courses, it is highly recommended that students complete as many of the general education and support courses as possible prior to entry into the program. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application. It is recommended that all students applying to the PTA program see a counselor or advisor at the Health Education Center.


The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2015 (495), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Admission Rules

These courses must be completed prior to applying to the PTA Program:

BSC 2085 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 3
BSC 2085L HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY I 1
PHI 1600 - ETHICS or (Honors)3
HSC 1531 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY2
Computer/Information Literacy Competency Requirement

Grade of "C" or higher required for BSC 2085/L in order to progress to the first term of the PTA Program

Applicants must also complete 24 hours of observation in two different physical therapy settings (inpatient and outpatient).

Cohorts are admitted in the fall with applications accepted from March 1 - May 15 .

All Physical Therapist Assistant courses (PHT) are taken at the Health Education Center, 7200 66th St. N, Pinellas Park, FL.

Due to the time-intensive nature of the PTA Program courses, it is highly recommended that you complete as many of the general education and support courses as possible before entering the program.

Graduation Rules

Grade of "C" or better required in all courses.

Successful completion (75%) of a comprehensive program exam given at the end of the second year.

Transferable to a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration at SPC. Program begins every August. All Physical Therapist Assistant courses (PHT) are given only at the Health Education Center at 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park. Due to the time-intensive nature of the PTA program courses, it is highly recommended that students complete as many of the general education and support courses as possible prior to entry into the program. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application. It is recommended that all students applying to the PTA program see a counselor or advisor at the Health Education Center.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition I

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Ethics (Complete 3 credits)

Studies in Applied Ethics
3

SUPPORT COURSES
Psychology (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for the AS degree.
General Psychology
3
Honors General Psychology
3

SUPPORT COURSES
Anatomy and Physiology (Complete 8 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology I
3
Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
1
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
3
Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II
1

SUPPORT COURSES
Computer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 course)

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
Basic Computer and Information Literacy
1
Computer Applications
3
Introduction to Educational Technology
3

SUPPORT COURSES
Complete 6 credits

Developmental Psychology of the Life Span
3
General Pharmacology for Health Professionals
1
Medical Terminology I
2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Term in Program

Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
3
Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Laboratory
2
Introduction to Basic Patient Care
3
Basic Patient Care Laboratory
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Term in Program

Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures
3
Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures Laboratory
3
Orthopedic Disabilities and Treatment
3
Orthopedic Disabilities and Treatment Laboratory
2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program

Physical Therapy Clinical Practice I
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program

Neurological Disabilities and Treatment
3
Therapeutic Exercise in Physical Therapy
2
Therapeutic Exercise in Physical Therapy Lab
2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
5th Term in Program

Physical Therapy Clinical Practice II
4
Trends in Physical Therapy
2
Physical Therapy Clinical Practice III
4
74
Total Credits