The goal of this program is to help you graduate with the confidence, knowledge, and qualifications to be a Physical Therapist Assistant in today’s ever expanding health care employment universe. Physical Therapy Assistants play critical roles in helping physical therapists with the rehabilitation of patients, including accident victims, injured athletes, those suffering from burns, strokes, arthritis, and more.
American Career College's Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Occupational Science degree program encompasses:
-- Two clinical courses at the conclusion of the classroom and laboratory portion of the program.
-- A total of 600 clinical hours is required for program completion.
Clinical Practicum I
This clinical practicum experience provides each student with the opportunity to observe and apply basic skills performed within the classroom while under constant supervision in the clinical setting. The aim of this experience includes observation of departmental activities including familiarization in delegation while applying basic intervention skills, safety awareness, documentation, communication, and modality application.
Clinical Practicum II
This clinical practicum experience is a full time 10 week clinical affiliation where students will have the opportunity to experience clinical practice in a minimum of two rehabilitation settings. Upon completion, the student is expected to achieve knowledge and skills that are required to implement a plan of care under the direction of a licensed physical therapist to improve mobility and function of patients of varying diagnoses and impairments. Students are expected to perform clinical skills with increasing efficiency as well as implement knowledge learned through ongoing coursework including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and therapeutic interventions related to prosthetics and orthotics. Attention will be paid to developing proficiency in the communication and interaction between a PT/PTA as well as demonstrating appropriate PT/PTA clinical relationship. The student will attain the ability to provide patient care with quality, efficiency, complexity, and consistency under the supervision and guidance of a physical therapist and reflective of a PTA student progressing toward competency consistent with an entry level physical therapist assistant.
Didactic and Laboratory Courses
Various delivery methods are employed within the didactic portion of the program. Self-discovery methods and problem – based learning supplement standard lecture delivery platforms. In combination, these delivery methods will maximize exchange of information and encourage student initiative in and out of the clinical setting.
Throughout the curriculum, documentation skills will be developed, with emphasis placed on accurate documentation and its relationship to patient safety, practitioner communication, interdisciplinary plans of care, denied reimbursement, and practice acts and laws.
Interdisciplinary instruction personnel from inside the college are incorporated into some classes, using the expertise of other program instructors (e.g., respiratory). Interdisciplinary instruction personnel from outside the college are incorporated into some classes, using the expertise of other clinical professionals (e.g., pharmacy).
Exposure to advanced equipment will be available to students in a newly constructed facility.