Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant at Harper College

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  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Get ready for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) with this 68-credit-hour degree program. 

Learn how to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Get experience treating patients of all ages with various medical conditions. Take classes in human anatomy, medical terminology, therapeutic modalities, advanced interventions, manual techniques for the physical therapist assistant and more. Courses are taught by skilled instructors who are extremely knowledgeable in the physical therapy field.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE) for licensure as a PTA.

This is a limited-enrollment program. Please review this program's admission criteria and process.

Degree program requirements

This 68 credit-hour Physical Therapist Assistant degree program prepares the student to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist, treating patients of all ages who present with various medical conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Classes will be offered beginning in Spring 2019. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE) for licensure as a physical therapist assistant (PTA). Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone 703.706.3245. accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Harper College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On June 1, 2018, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program. Therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress towards accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Because of the nature of clinical experiences and individualized instruction required in this program and specialized technology and the equipment necessary to offer this program, a higher tuition rate is assessed for career-specific courses including courses with the PTA prefix. Tuition for the courses in this program is 200 percent of the standard tuition rate.

Admission Requirements:

For admission requirements, please contact the Admissions Outreach Office at 847.925.6700 or visit: harpercollege.edu Students who apply for this limited enrollment program are obligated to meet current admission requirements and follow program curriculum as defined at the time of acceptance to the program.

PREREQUISITES:

A grade of C or better in all BIO, ENG and HSC coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
BIO 160 1 4 Program Requirement
ENG 101 3 Communications
HSC 112 2 Program Requirement
Mathematics2 3 Mathematics
SPE 101 3 Communications

FIRST SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all BIO, HSC and PTA coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
BIO 161 1 4 Program Requirement
HSC 213 2 Program Requirement
PTA 101 2 Program Requirement
PTA 105 4 Program Requirement
PTA 111 3 Program Requirement
PTA 140 1 Program Requirement

SUMMER SESSION:

A grade of C or better in all PTA coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
PTA 115 2 Program Requirement
PTA 130 2 Program Requirement
PTA 160 2 Program Requirement

SECOND SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all PTA coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
PTA 201 4 Program Requirement
PTA 205 2 Program Requirement
PTA 208 1 Program Requirement
PTA 210 4 Program Requirement
PTA 230 4 Program Requirement

THIRD SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all PTA coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
PSY 101 3 Social and Behavioral Science
PTA 215 2 Program Requirement
PTA 225 1 Program Requirement
PTA 235 7 Program Requirement
Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science

1 - Must be completed no earlier than five years prior to beginning the PTA program. Time requirement may be waived for direct patient care providers with a minimum of a two-year allied health degree.

2 - MTH 103 is recommended. MTH 101, MTH 124 or higher with a grade of C or better may be substituted.

+ - Students need to choose a course to meet this requirement that also fulfills the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

Next steps

For more information about the physical therapist assistant program at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form.