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Associate in Science Degree Program

Physical Therapist Assistant

This degree is offered through a collaborative arrangement between Capital Community College, Manchester, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern Connecticut, and Tunxis Community Colleges. Naugatuck Valley Community College will offer the specialized courses.

Physical Therapist Assistants have careers as essential health service providers based upon a foundation in the physical, social and biological sciences. Clinical experiences are assigned by faculty in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, community agencies, outpatient clinics, etc. The graduate is prepared to function in health care settings under the supervision of a physical therapist. The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education/APTA, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, (703) 684-2782.

Please see the Selective Admissions Programs section of the college catalog for admissions criteria.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Sit for examination for state licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant
  2. Perform physical therapy interventions under the supervision of a physical therapist
  3. Accurately obtain patient information through data collection
  4. Demonstrate accurate problem-solving abilities when working as a Physical Therapist Assistant
  5. Competently communicate with physical therapists, patients, families and other health care providers
  6. Effectively provide education to patients, families and other caregivers
  7. Produce documentation supporting physical therapy services
  8. Demonstrate behaviors that comply with appropriate statutes and with the ethical standards established by the American Physical Therapy Association
  9. Competently function within an interdisciplinary health care team
Course of Study¹
PREREQUISITES
Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I (minimum grade of C)
4
Spring Semester
Credits
Anatomy & Physiology II
4
Composition
3
Intro to Physical Therapy
3
Physical Therapy for Function
4
General Psychology I
3
Summer Semester
Intro to the Physical Therapy Clinic
1
Fall Semester
Public Speaking
3
Composition and Literature
3
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Math Elective
3
Physical Agents in Physical Therapy
4
Kinesiology for Rehabilitation
4
Spring Semester
Therapeutic Exercise
5
Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation
3
Physical Therapist Assistant in the Healthcare Arena
2
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Arts/Humanities Elective
3
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Social Science Elective
3
Fall Semester
Physical Therapy Seminar
2
PTA Internship II
5
PTA Internship III
5

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pre-requisites and additional information.

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