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Associate of Occupational Science, Physical Therapist Assistant

Overview

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP): 51. 0806

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 31-2021.00

Quarter Credits: 96.0

Clock Hours: 1590

Method of Delivery: Blended

Number of Weeks: 80*

*Weeks May Be Extended Depending On Holiday Schedules

Career Training Objective

The Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Occupational Science) program prepares students to implement physical therapy treatment care plans, train patients, conduct treatment interventions, use equipment and observe and record patient progress. Physical Therapist Assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, ambulatory health care services, hospitals, school settings, federal and county health settings, occupational health settings, and residential care facilities for the elderly.

In the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, students learn applied anatomy and physiology, applied kinesiology, principles and procedures of physical therapy, basic pediatric, developmental, and geriatric physical therapy principles, neurology and orthopedics, documentation skills, interprofessional communication, psychosocial aspects of healthcare, wound and integumentary care, modalities and electrotherapy, rehabilitation principles in orthotic and prosthetic management, personal and professional ethics, cultural competence and application in healthcare, and healthcare business and management principles and application. Correlated clinical experiences take place in the last two terms of the program.

The training program is divided into eight 10- week terms. General education courses and the PTA core courses are integrated throughout the program. The clinical practicum experience begins in term seven. Successful completion of clinical experiences in varied clinical settings under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist is required.

In the state of California, all applicants for PTA licensure must qualify for and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) (Physical Therapist Assistant Examination) and the California Law Examination (CLE), which relates to the practice of physical therapy in California.

Completion of the program is acknowledged by the award of an Associate of Occupational Science degree. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program in Orange County is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), (CAPTE 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703-706-3245; Email: accreditation@apta.org; Website: http://www.capteonline.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (714) 763-9173 or email jLwin@americancareercollege.edu. Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is required for eligibility to sit for the licensing exam.;

The PTA program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge and training to be able to:

  1. Promote professional and personal growth that positively impacts the profession of physical therapy.
  2. Engage in thought and activities that promote professional responsibility and lifelong learning.
  3. Become an advocate for the profession of physical therapy through professional and community representation.
  4. Successfully pass the National Physical Therapy Examination and practice competently as an entry level PTA.
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to perform the duties of a PTA as an interdisciplinary team member in environments that demonstrate broad forms of diversity in peers and patients.
  6. Integrate the knowledge and skills obtained from general and technical education while performing duties as an entry level PTA.
  7. Perform duties safely in various physical therapy settings while adhering to ethical guidelines established by the APTA and legal guidelines established by the State Practice Act.
  8. Communicate with each patient demonstrating empathy and optimism while maintaining ethical considerations.
  9. Demonstrate leadership qualities while practicing under the direction of a physical therapist understanding the limitations as defined within the California Physical Therapy Practice Act.

Instructional Equipment List

  • Anatomical charts and models
  • Balance trainer/board
  • Classroom Response System
  • Compression garments and pumps
  • Dynamometer, goniometer, gait belts
  • Electrotherapy equipment, cryotherapy, ultrasound
  • Instructional software resources to augment coursework
  • Pneumatic Motorized Arm & Wrist Blood
  • Pressure Kits
  • Projector, Computer & MonitorProsthetic and orthotic models
  • Pulse oximeter, thermometer, stop watch
  • Resistance equipment, bars, balls, bands
  • Sphygmomanometers & Stethoscope Kits
  • Stethoscopes, sphygmomanometer
  • Supplies for universal precaution
  • Training stairs, parallel bars and ramp
  • Transfer boards, tub/ benches, commode
  • Treadmill, exercise bicycle
  • Treatment tables, mats, bolsters
  • Video Camera
  • Wheelchair/ walkers/ canes

 

Program Outline

Program Location: Orange County

General Education Courses

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credits

ANAT200-L Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Lab* 40 2.0
MATH100 College Mathematics I* 40 4.0
ANAT200 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology* 20 2.0
PSYC100 Psychology 40 4.0
ENGL100 Written Communications I* 40 4.0
 

Totals

180

16.0

Course Number: ANAT200-L

Title Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Lab*
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 2.0

Course Number: MATH100

Title College Mathematics I*
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

Course Number: ANAT200

Title Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology*
Clock Hours20
Quarter Credits 2.0

Course Number: PSYC100

Title Psychology
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

Course Number: ENGL100

Title Written Communications I*
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

TOTALS

Clock Hours

180

Quarter Credits

16.0

PTA 260 Completion required for graduation.

Core Courses

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Clinical Hours

Quarter Credits

ANAT208 Anatomy and Physiology for Rehab Professionals* 20 0 2.0
ANAT208-L Anatomy and Physiology for Rehab Professionals Lab 40 0 2.0
CAREER200 Career Advantage* 20 0 2.0
PTA100 Introduction to PTA* 20 0 2.0
PTA100-L Introduction to PTA Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA104 Professional Communications for the PTA* 40 0 4.0
PTA211 Clinical Skills for the PTA* 20 0 2.0
PTA211-L Clinical Skills for the PTA Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA215 Musculoskeletal I* 20 0 2.0
PTA215-L Musculoskeletal I Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA216 Pathophysiology for the PTA* 40 0 4.0
PTA220 Therapeutic Exercise I* 20 0 2.0
PTA220-L Therapeutic Exercise I Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA224 Development & Rehabilitation Across the Life Span* 40 0 4.0
PTA225 Musculoskeletal II* 20 0 2.0
PTA225-L Musculoskeletal II Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA226 Physical Agents* 20 0 2.0
PTA226-L Physical Agents Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA234 Principles of Rehabilitation* 20 0 2.0
PTA234-L Principles of Rehabilitation Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA235 Neuromuscular* 20 0 2.0
PTA235-L Neuromuscular Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA238 Clinical Practicum I 240 240 8.0
PTA240 Interprofessional Collaborative Practice & Cultural Competence in Healthcare* 20 0 2.0
PTA241 Cardiopulmonary* 10 0 1.0
PTA241-L Cardiopulmonary Lab 20 0 1.0
PTA242 PTA Law, Ethics & Professionalism* 20 0 2.0
PTA245 PTA Clinical Competency Review* 20 0 2.0
PTA245-L PTA Clinical Competency Review Lab 40 0 2.0
PTA258 Clinical Practicum II 360 360 12.0
PTA260 PTA Licensure Exam Review* 0 0 0.0
 

Totals

1410

600

80.0

Course Number: ANAT208

Title Anatomy and Physiology for Rehab Professionals*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: ANAT208-L

Title Anatomy and Physiology for Rehab Professionals Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: CAREER200

Title Career Advantage*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA100

Title Introduction to PTA*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA100-L

Title Introduction to PTA Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA104

Title Professional Communications for the PTA*
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: PTA211

Title Clinical Skills for the PTA*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA211-L

Title Clinical Skills for the PTA Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA215

Title Musculoskeletal I*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA215-L

Title Musculoskeletal I Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA216

Title Pathophysiology for the PTA*
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: PTA220

Title Therapeutic Exercise I*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA220-L

Title Therapeutic Exercise I Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA224

Title Development & Rehabilitation Across the Life Span*
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: PTA225

Title Musculoskeletal II*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA225-L

Title Musculoskeletal II Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA226

Title Physical Agents*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA226-L

Title Physical Agents Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA234

Title Principles of Rehabilitation*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA234-L

Title Principles of Rehabilitation Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA235

Title Neuromuscular*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA235-L

Title Neuromuscular Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA238

Title Clinical Practicum I
Clock Hours240
Clinical Hours240
Quarter Credits8.0

Course Number: PTA240

Title Interprofessional Collaborative Practice & Cultural Competence in Healthcare*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA241

Title Cardiopulmonary*
Clock Hours10
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: PTA241-L

Title Cardiopulmonary Lab
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: PTA242

Title PTA Law, Ethics & Professionalism*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA245

Title PTA Clinical Competency Review*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA245-L

Title PTA Clinical Competency Review Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: PTA258

Title Clinical Practicum II
Clock Hours360
Clinical Hours360
Quarter Credits12.0

Course Number: PTA260

Title PTA Licensure Exam Review*
Clock Hours0
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits0.0

TOTALS

Clock Hours

1410

Clinical Hours

600

Quarter Credits

80.0

* Courses offered in a blended format, a combination of online and on ground.

PTA 260 Completion required for graduation.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 96.0

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