Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

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As a physical therapist assistant, you will provide the hands‐on treatment for individuals that have experienced a traumatic illness or injury, under the direction of a physical therapist. This treatment may take place in numerous health care settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, sports medicine clinics, private offices, individual homes, nursing homes, or school systems. This career path will provide knowledge in the use of modern technology and specialized techniques including exercise to improve muscle strength, balance, flexibility and coordination, gait training with devices, and application of heat, cold, water, or electricity thus motivating the individual towards physical independence. This career choice may be a steppingstone to further professional development in medicine.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program has achieved the highest standard in accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, 800‐999‐2782) since November 2, 1994. North Central State College re‐confirms the position of total support through human resources and fiscal measures towards the accreditation  process.

Enrollment in the Physical Therapist Assistant program is limited. There is a special admission procedure. Please contact the Admissions Office for details. The program is a five‐semester sequence that starts every Fall Semester. Students must successfully complete the entrance requirements and have been selected through a selective point system. Pre‐Physical Therapist Assistant status does not guarantee admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant courses or program. Students may begin non‐PHTA courses any semester.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program publishes a student handbook delineating specific program policies that are not explained in the general catalog. The specific policies as described in the program handbook take precedence over any general policy outlined in the College catalog. A copy of the handbook is available for review in the PTA Program Director's Office and the Admissions Office. An acceptable health physical and verification of immunizations are required. Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report/FBI background check and drug screening are required. A minimum grade of 77% is required in , , ,  and all PHTA courses in order to meet prerequisite and graduation requirements. The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for the completion of this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will:

  1. Competently perform interventions under the supervision of the Physical Therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner.
  2. Accurately utilize data collection skills to assist the Physical Therapist.
  3. Effectively communicate with the patient, patient's family, caregivers and members of the health care team.
  4. Correctly document patient interventions.
  5. Educate health care providers, the community and government as it relates to physical therapy as required by the given situation.
  6. Consistently support patients with regard for individual, cultural and economic differences.
  7. Routinely display self‐direction for career development and the ongoing process of learning.
  8. Recognize the importance of research as it relates to physical therapy.

Enrollment

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is part of the Health Sciences Division with limited enrollment of 26 students per year. Application must be completed by January of each year for admission to the program for the following Summer term.

Clinical Rotation

Clinical rotations begin in the second year of the program. Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of physical therapy facilities with numerous sites available throughout Ohio. At their request, previous students have been able to complete clinical experiences in Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Program Outcomes

Year: 2017
Graduates: 56.6%
Exam Pass Rate*: 94.1%
Employment Rate**: 86%
Year: 2018
Graduates: 80%
Exam Pass Rate*: 87.5%
Employment Rate**: 88%
Year: 2 Year Average
Graduates: 68.3%
Exam Pass Rate*: 90.8%
Employment Rate**: 87%
* Overall pass rate for PTA graduates

** Six Months Post-Exam Passage Date for Physical Therapist Assistant

Year One

Fall Semester

BIOL 2751 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is an in-depth study of the principles of human anatomy and physiology. It includes the study of structure and function of the body as a whole and study of cell biology, histology, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, and nervous systems plus the special senses. Laboratory exercises are designed to supplement lecture topics and include microscopy, the study of models, cat and specimen dissection, cadaver study, and physiological experiments. (OTM approved course in Natural Sciences TMNS)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: High school chemistry with minimum C minus (C-) grade or CHEM 1010 with minimum C minus (C-) grade; AND ENGL 0040, MATH 0084 (Minimum grade of C- for all); OR qualifying placement test score. If the student has completed BIO121 and BIO122 OR BIOL 1730 with a minimum grade of C, then the student is not required to have high school Chemistry or
Required Concurrent Course: Take BIOL 2751L

PHTA 1010 - Intro to Physical Therapy

In this course the field of physical therapy and the roles of physical therapists, physical therapists assistants, and other healthcare personnel and organizations are explored. Laws, rules, ethics, organization, and accreditation in physical therapy and healthcare are reviewed also. Management of patient rights and the legal, ethical, and moral issues involved in the patient treatment, medical and physical therapy documentation, functional outcome reporting, and SOAP note writing is introduced as well.

Credit Hours: 1
Lecture Hours: 1
Required Concurrent Course: Take PHTA 1040 PHTA 1070

PHTA 1040 - Physical Agents Theory and Practice

The course will cover the clinical application of physical agents to be administered by the physical therapist assistant. Included are the presentation of basic physiology and theory of vital signs, patient positioning, body mechanics, transfers, sterile procedures, massage, wound care, heat, cold, hydrotherapy, pneumatic compression, ultrasound, light, and motorized traction electrical safety as well as physiology, theory, and application of ultrasound, various forms of therapeutic electrical stimulation, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and biofeedback. Bed traction and patient instruction will also be included. Semesters available: Day - Fa

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 2
Required Concurrent Course: Take PHTA 1010, PHTA 1070 PHTA 1040L, PHTA 1040T

PHTA 1070 - Functional Anatomy

A course involving a study of human movement, principles of mechanics, musculoskeletal anatomy and neuromuscular physiology as it relates to the development of physical therapy exercise and those forces creating human activity. The time, space and mass aspects of human motion are also presented. Laboratory activities including location and palpation of muscles. Semesters available: Day - F

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 3
Required Concurrent Course: Take PHTA 1010 PHTA 1040 PHTA 1070L;

PHYS 1010 - Introductory Physics

This course will provide students with a general understanding, knowledge, and awareness of the physical world around them. Topics will introduce the concepts of mechanical, electrical and atomic physics with discussions, lectures, and laboratory experiences related to the principles of mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and atomic structure. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Natural Sciences TMNS.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take MATH 0084 or higher with a minimum grade of C-

Spring Semester

BIOL 2752 - Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is a continuation of BIOL 2751. It includes the study of structure and function of blood and the cardiovascular, lymphatic/immunity, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Laboratory exercises are designed to supplement lecture topics and include microscopy, the study of models, cat and specimen dissection, cadaver study, and physiological experiments. (OTM approved course in Natural Sciences TMNS)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take BIOL 2751; Minimum Grade C-
Required Concurrent Course: Take BIOL 2752L

ENGL 1010 - English Composition I

This is a basic course in expository writing and critical reading. Students read a variety of nonfiction works and write summaries, analysis, essays, and a researched argument in response to their reading. Students learn to read actively and accurately and to organize, develop, and revise coherent papers appropriate for a college-educated audience. (OTM for First Writing Course TME001)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040; (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test scores

PHTA 1090 - Therapeutic Exercise

This course is beginning course work in therapeutic exercise including goniometry, range of motion, manual muscle testing, strengthening, stretching, joint mobilization, manual therapy, abnormal posture and gait training as well as wheelchair mobility, aquatic therapy and women's care Semesters available: Day - Sp

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 5
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 1010 PHTA 1040 PHTA 1070;

PHTA 1110 - Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

This is a continuation of didactic and technical instruction for clinical practice. This course covers normal and abnormal motor development, pediatric conditions affecting motor development, and interventions to address infant and pediatric conditions leading to motor delays and adult neurological disorders affecting motor function and interventions to address the motor deficits of individuals with neurological motor dysfunction. Wheelchair prescription and use as well as various transfers for pediatric and neurologically impaired individuals will also be covered. Semesters available: Day - Sp

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 5
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 1010, PHTA 1040, PHTA 1070;
Required Concurrent Course: Take PHTA 1090 PHTA 1110T PHTA 1110L;

Summer Semester

COMM 1010 - Speech

This course involves instruction and experience in giving a presentation. Students are taught the principles of speech content and delivery so that they can effectively participate in a variety of practical speaking situations. Presentations will include the informative speech, persuasive speech, visual aid/demonstration speech, impromptu speech, and group presentation. (OTM for Oral Communication TMCOM and TAG# OCM013)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

HLTH 1150 - Medical Terminology

This course will introduce medical terminology; including common medical root words, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. It will include common medical abbreviations, pronunciation, spelling, and definitions of medical terminology related to the human body systems. Students who are pursuing an allied health or nursing degree, or working in health care professions will enhance their knowledge of medical terminology in this course. (TAG# OHL020 and CTAG# CTMT001)

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 2

PHTA 2110 - Practicum I

The practicum experience is a "hands-on" reality experience providing on-the-job opportunities to acquire further knowledge, learning and opportunities for practicing skills. The practicum will take place in a facility that can provide learning experiences consistent with the student's interest and learning desires and meets approval of the instructor. Students will be supervised by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. This practicum experience is a full-time rotation for 5 weeks with a minimum of 35 hours per week with an online seminar during the 5 weeks. Semesters available: Day - Su

Credit Hours: 1
Practicum Hours: 12
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 1090 and PHTA 1110

PHTA 2115 - Seminar I

This course discusses issues relevant to the physical therapy profession and patient populations. The course also discusses time and stress management as well as styles of management and communication, utilization review, and utilization management. The course relates patient outcomes to documentation and reimbursement in the healthcare field. Introduction into research as it relates to physical therapy, along with data collection and the different methods of collecting data for research. Semesters available: Day - Su

Credit Hours: 1
Seminar Hours: 1
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 1090, PHTA 1110
Required Concurrent Course: Take PHTA 2110

PSYC 1010 - Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is an introductory level course and is a study of the basic human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, cognitive processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, personality theory, psychopathology and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS015. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Science TMSBS

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

STAT 1010 - Probability and Statistics

This course provides the student with an overview of probability and statistics. Probability terminology, concepts and rules are emphasized in solving probability problems. Descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, charts, tables and diagrams are used to summarize data. The student is introduced to the binomial, Poisson, hyper-geometric, normal and t-distributions. Confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression are used to make conclusions concerning population parameters from sample data. This course meets the requirements for OTM Introductory Statistics TMM010.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Year Two

Fall Semester

PHTA 2070 - Pathophysiology and Interventions

This course examines diagnoses encountered by the physical therapist assistant during practice and will be presented in terms of their relationship to physical therapy. Topics will include but not be limited to cardiovascular conditions, respiratory diseases, infectious diseases, and geriatric disorders. Semesters available: Day - F

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 2110 and PHTA 2115

PHTA 2090 - Orthopedic Conditions and Interventions

This course is designed to provide more in-depth detail and knowledge involving clinical conditions and interventions related to orthopedic diagnoses. This more advanced subject matter will allow the physical therapist assistant student to integrate previous knowledge into more situations with greater understanding of the orthopedic client. Semesters available: Day - F

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 2110 and PHTA 2115

PHTA 2170 - Professional Research

This is a research course which will allow the PTA student to learn to perform evidence-based research to gain further understanding in a particular area as well as to complete a research project and present the material to classmates. This class is graded Pass (P) or No-Pass (NP). Semesters available: Day - Sp

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 2110 and PHTA 2115

PSYC 2010 - Human Growth and Development

This course presents an overview of the total life span of human growth and development from conception through old age. It begins with a study of the major theories of human development and includes an examination of the dynamics of human growth in five areas: physical, intellectual, personality, social and moral. The developmental tasks and behavioral characteristics of eight stages of human growth are examined, ending with a brief treatment of death and dying. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS048. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Science TMSBS

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PSYC 1010

Spring Semester

PHTA 2130 - Practicum II

This is the second of three clinical rotations completed in a facility affiliated with the program. The practicum experience is a "hands-on" reality experience providing on-the-job opportunities to acquire further knowledge, learning and opportunities for practicing skills. The practicum will take place in a facility that can provide learning experiences consistent with the student's interest and learning desires and meets approval of the instructor. Students will be supervised by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. This practicum experience is a full-time rotation for 6 weeks for a minimum of 38 hours per week. Semesters available: Day - F

Credit Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 15
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 2070, PHTA 2090 and PHTA 2170

PHTA 2135 - Seminar II

This course is designed to review material discussed in previous physical therapy assistant courses. The review is designed to assist students in preparation for the Ohio licensing exam and the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination. As well as to cover topics such as professional development and evidence-based practice. This course is graded Pass (P) or No-Pass (NP). Day - Sp

Credit Hours: 1
Seminar Hours: 1
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 2070, PHTA 2090, PHTA 2170
Required Concurrent Course: Take PHTA 2130, PHTA 2150, PHTA 2155

PHTA 2150 - Directed Practice

This is the final clinical rotation completed in a facility affiliated with the Physical Therapy Assistant program. The Directed practicum experience is a "hands-on" reality experience providing on-the-job opportunities to acquire further knowledge, learning and opportunities for practicing skills. The Directed practicum will take place in a facility that can provide learning experiences consistent with the student's interest and learning desires and meets approval of the instructor. Students will be supervised by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. This practicum experience is a full-time rotation for 7 weeks for a minimum of 40 hours per week. Semesters available: Day - Sp

Credit Hours: 3
Practicum Hours: 17
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 2070, PHTA 2090, PHTA 2170;

PHTA 2155 - Semianr III

This course discusses issues relevant to the physical therapy profession and patient populations. The course reviews the Ohio laws and rules for jurisprudence exam and the Integrity and Practice Campaign designed by the APTA. The course will have discussions online about patient caseload and different diagnoses that the students are encountering.

Credit Hours: 1
Lecture Hours: 1
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PHTA 2070, PHTA 2090, PHTA 2170
Required Concurrent Course: Take PHTA 2130, PHTA 2135, PHTA 2150

Total Credit Hours: 65

Humanities Electives

Courses

HIST 1010 - American History I

This American Studies course is an introductory survey course covering the development of American politics, law, religion, philosophy, art and literature from 1600 to 1877. The goal of the course is to help students understand the cultural development of the United States especially in relation to its religion, art, philosophy, law, and political system. (TAG# OHS043 or if combined with HIST1030 OHS010. This course also meets the requirements for the OTM Arts and Humanities - TMAH)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

HIST 1030 - American History II

This American Studies course is an introductory survey course covering the development of American politics, law, religion, philosophy, art and literature from 1877 to the present. The goal of the course is to help students understand the cultural maturity of the United States especially in relation to its religion, art, philosophy, law, and political system. (TAG# OHS044 or if combined with HIST1030 OHS010. This course also meets the requirements for the OTM Arts and Humanities - TMAH)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

HIST 1050 - Western Civilization I

This course presents an overview of European civilization from antiquity to about the year 1600, stressing the chief political, social, cultural, and religious developments within this span of time. This class will help students gain a better understanding of the historical narrative of European civilization, particularly as it relates to political institutions and structures and social and cultural developments; develop improved textual interpretation skills through the careful reading and discussion of ancient and medieval texts; and refine their ability to express ideas and produce convincing arguments through writing essays and short paper.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

HIST 1070 - Western Civilization II

This course presents an overview of European civilization from around 1500 to the present, stressing the chief political, social, cultural, and religious developments within this span of time. This class will help students gain a better knowledge of the historical narrative of European civilization, particularly as it relates to political institutions and structures and social and cultural developments; develop improved textual interpretation skills through the careful reading and discussion of historical texts; and refine their ability to express ideas and produce convincing arguments through writing essays and a short paper.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

HUMA 1010 - Introduction to the Humanities

This course is a genre-based introduction to the humanities and the fine arts. The student will explore the six major means of artistic expression within the fine arts: painting, literature, drama, film, photography, and sculpture. The course focuses on an understanding of the genre itself as well as the various critical theories that apply to the fine arts, including but not necessarily limited to mimesis, formalism, didacticism, and postmodernism. Field trips are required in the course. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Arts and Humanities TMAH.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040 (minimum grade of C-); OR qualifying placement test score

HUMA 1030 - Leadership and the Classics

This course is designed to provide learners with a fundamental awareness of leadership qualities and to help identify their personal leadership philosophies. The course is an interdisciplinary study that explores the relationships that exist among philosophy, history, meta-history, literature, drama, film, and visual art as they reveal examples of and standards for leadership. Semesters available: Day - F Evening - Offered based on need.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

MUSC 1010 - Music Appreciation

Develop listening skills used for understanding elements of musical style in a historical perspective and the significance of music as fine art.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

PHIL 1010 - Western Philosophy

This course involves an examination of the great philosophical ideas that have shaped the development of Western Civilization. These ideas include those promoted during the ancient Greek period of Western development, the early Christian era, the Protestant Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Nineteenth Century, the Modern Age, the Age of Existentialism, the Postmodern era, and the Age of Recovery. The philosophers covered include Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Paul, Augustine, Occam, Aquinas, Erasmus, Luther, Descartes, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, Emerson, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Bergson, Dewey, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Teilhard, Habermas, Pera, Guardini, Zizek, and Ratzinger. This course meets the requirements for OTM Arts and Humanities TMAH and also TAG# OAH405.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

PHIL 1110 - Ethics

This course involves an examination of several ethical theories, including ethical relativism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, social contract ethics, theological ethics, and rational ethics. Subjects covered may include the ethics of nuclear war, the ethics of suicide, ethical issues in abortion, the ethics of euthanasia, ethical issues in genetic engineering, sexual ethics, racism and sexism, capital punishment, ethics and the environment and so on. This course meets the requirements for OTM Arts and Humanities TMAH and slso TAG# OAH046.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

THEA 1010 - Introduction to Theatre

Course is an overview of theatre as an art form. Includes historical and production points of view. Students will effectively view and critique plays and musicals. This is NOT a performance based course, but a theory and analysis based class. Semesters Available: Offered based on need.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3