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2009 - 2010 General Catalog



Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program trains students to work under the direction of physical therapists to provide patient care in a variety of clinical environments. The PTA Program Mission is to produce competent and self-directed graduates who can help meet the regional demand for quality physical therapy services.

The Bossier Parish Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), open new browser window or tab

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant will be able to demonstrate:

  1. effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication by interacting with patients and caregivers in a diverse health care environment with regard to cultural, age and educational differences to develop rapport, inquire, direct, teach, and create accurate logically sequenced documentation;
  2. data collection skills that enable them to perform effective research using electronic and library resources, perform physical therapy assessments, make observations and gather and report accurate information on the patient/client as indicated within the plan of care developed by the physical therapist;
  3. ability to provide effective and appropriate physical therapy patient care consisting of implementation of selected interventions and progression of patients toward attainment of their therapy goals within the plan of care developed by the physical therapist;
  4. academic preparedness enabling them to apply foundational physical therapy knowledge to think critically, solve problems, develop appropriate clinical judgments and pass the national physical therapy licensure examination;
  5. competence in physical therapy patient care environments with regard to equipment, technology, professionalism, time management, safety awareness, ethical and legal practice and accurate awareness of PTA roles and responsibilities with the work place; and
  6. skills necessary to become a lifelong learner, maintain currency in physical therapy practice and maintain physical therapy licensure through participation in self-directed readings of professional literature and exposure to continuing educational programs.

Specific Requirements:

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) curriculum is sequenced in two phases. The first phase consists of a minimum of 31 credit hours of general education curriculum (Qualification Courses) that must be successfully completed before a student is eligible to apply for the PTA Program courses. Admission to the PTA Program is selective and competitive. Completion of the qualification courses does not guarantee admission to the PTA Program. The second phase consists of 27 credit hours of classroom and laboratory activities related to physical therapy and 14 credit hours of clinical practice experiences under the direct supervision of a physical therapist participating in patient care. In order to complete the Associate of Applied Science in PTA, clinical PTA students must pass all program classes with a “C” or better while also maintaining a 2.500 per semester GPA.

Students selected for PTA program will be required to provide health information and meet all requirements for a program with a clinical component (described earlier in this section).

After completion of the program, PTA Program graduates will need to take and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to be eligible to apply for a license to practice as a PTA in the state of Louisiana.

Application Process/Policy for Admission into the PTA Program:

The selection process for the PTA Program begins each spring. Students are selected in June and should be available to begin the program in July, on the first day of the "C Session" of the summer semester. Students must meet program specific criteria in the areas outlined below to be eligible for an interview.

  • Prerequisite GPA must be 2.500 or higher and students must earn a “C” or better in all qualification courses.
  • It is strongly advised that all qualification courses be completed by the end of the spring semester in the application year. In some situations, up to 3 credit hours may be completed in the first summer session, when available and with prior approval of the academic advisor.
  • Program application packet must be received by April 15 to be considered.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 40 observation hours in two different settings with two different licensed physical therapy providers.
  • Students must have demonstrated competency in computer literacy and oral communication through completion of college-level computer science and speech courses or by successful completion of competency exams in each area.

Interview Process/Policy:

Interviews are conducted in early June of each year. The top 50 qualified applicants will be scheduled for an interview with the program Admissions Committee. Applicants will be notified by mail of their selection status.

Special Requirements and Considerations:

Students who are selected for the PTA Program must be available for daytime, evening, and occasional weekend classes. In addition, based upon clinical site availability, PTA students will be required to complete one or more clinical rotations (4-5 weeks in duration) at an out-of-town facility.

Students selected for the PTA program must submit all required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier) and pay a clinical fee, in addition to regular tuition each clinical semester.

Required courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant:

Qualification Courses
(must be completed prior to beginning program classes)
ENGL 101: Composition & Rhetoric I 3
ENGL 102: Composition & Rhetoric II 3
Humanities Elective 3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
PHSC 105: Elemental Physics 3
Psychology Elective* 3
BLGY 224: Human Anatomy 3
BLGY 224L: Human Anatomy Lab 1
BLGY 225: Human Physiology 3
BLGY 225L: Human Physiology Lab 1
ALHT 109: Health Care Systems/Safety 2
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
  Computer Literacy Requirement (competency exam or CIS 105)  
  Oral Communications Requirement (competency exam or SPCH 110 or SPCH 115)  
Total pre-PTA hours: 31
*Psychology Elective: Any course with a PSYC prefix may satisfy this requirement, however it is recommended that students select from the following courses: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 220, or PSYC 225.
PTA Program Courses
(Students are selected by committee to enter the program.)
First Summer Semester Hours
PTAP 200: Functional Anatomy 2
PTAP 201: Introduction to Physical Therapy 1
Fall Semester Hours
PTAP 202: Clinical Kinesiology 4
PTAP 203: Orthopaedic Conditions 3
PTAP 204: Physical Therapy Procedures 3
PTAP 205: Therapeutic Modalities 3
PTAP 206: Clinical Practice I 3
Spring Semester Hours
PTAP 212: Clinical Neuroanatomy 2
PTAP 213: Neurological Conditions 3
PTAP 214: Therapeutic Exercise 3
PTAP 215: Special Areas of Practice 2
PTAP 216: Clinical Practice II 4
PTAP 217: Comprehensive Interventions for the PTA 1
Second Summer Semester Hours
PTAP 226: Clinical Practice III 7
Total program hours: 41
Total credit hours to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant 72

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