Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is designed to provide students with entry-level skills and knowledge to work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in the rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal and/or neuromuscular deficits, disease or disorders.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national licensing board exam required to practice in the field of physical therapy. Students will be considered Pre-PTA majors prior to final acceptance to the PTA program. Students not accepted into the PTA program may continue toward a degree in health studies or other related majors.

On Campus
The PTA Program is a hands-on program offered on campus that also includes an internship component.

Physical Therapist Assistants:

     

  • Work under the direction of physical therapists;
  • Provide direct care for patients;
  • Assist patient recovery from injuries;
  • Assist patient recovery from illness;
  • Help patients regain movement; and
  • Help patients manage pain.

Why PTA?

Is PTA Right for Me?

If you have a desire to help people, are looking for a position in healthcare and are looking for a career that includes a component of physical activity a position as a Physical Therapist Assistant might be right for you.

Physical Therapist Assistants typically exhibit the following qualities*:

  • Compassion - You will work with people who are in pain and should be able to empathize.
  • Dexterity - You should be comfortable working with your hands to provide manual therapy like massage and therapeutic exercises.
  • Physical Stamina - You will spend much of your time on your feet and should enjoy physical activity.
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills - Working with people is the most important part of a PTA position. You should be able to communicate treatment programs, listen to patients concerns, and educate your patients.
  • Strong Analytic and Observational Skills - A PTA should be able to think critically and make appropriate decisions in order to provide safe and effective care.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Physical-therapists.htm#tab-4 10/31/2013

PTA Duties*

Physical therapists help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries. The following duties are typical of a Physical Therapist Assistant:

PATIENT CARE
  • Plan Treatment
  • Use exercise, stretching, massage and equipment to treat patients.
  • Increase Mobility
  • Ease Pain
PATIENT SUPPORT
  • Educate patients about their condition and treatment
  • Empathize
  • Listen
  • Observe
  • Motivate

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistic Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Physical-therapists.htm#tab-2 10/30/2013

Careers

What is the PTA Career Outlook*?

Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 46 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow faster than that of aides, as assistants deliver therapy services directly and allow physical therapists to manage more patients.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Physical-therapists.htm#tab-6 10/30/13.

Physical Therapy is One of the Top 5 Fastest Growing Professions!

Within the field of physical therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant is the number 8 fastest growing career according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook*. If you enjoy helping people and are looking for a job with a physical component, a position as a Physical Therapist Assistant could be what you are looking for.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_103.htm10/30/13.

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 2 years.

The PTA Core is a full time, day program. Students will attend class or internships five days a week for three consecutive semesters and must complete the coursework together as a cohort.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Physical Therapist Assistant Component

A. Physical Therapist Assistant Core* Semester Hour Credit
PTA1001 PTA Principles and Procedures w/Lab*

PTA1001 - PTA Principles and Procedures w/Lab - 4 Credits

Introduction to the PT profession, scope of practice, supervision requirements, communication and ethics are covered in this course. Topics include introduction to documentation, PT terminology and medical records, PT/PTA relationship and scope of practice, information on the PT Practice Act, ethics and principles of the profession, basic patient care and treatment procedures, infection control, safety precautions, body mechanics, vital signs and assessment, transfer techniques, basic first aid, wound and burn care, CPR, patient communication and cultural considerations with patient interaction. Students will begin a portfolio which will be developed throughout the program. TB test and required immunizations required. (Lab Fee required)

4
PTA1010 Kinesiology/Anatomy for PTA w/ Lab*

PTA1010 - Kinesiology/Anatomy for PTA w/ Lab - 4 Credits

This course will introduce anatomy of the musculoskeletal system as related to physical therapy patients, with emphasis on normal function, physics, biomechanics and movement of the human body. Topics include structure and function of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems during activities and gait. Procedures for measuring and analyzing joint mobility, strength and gait are introduced. (Lab Fee required)

4
PTA1011 Musculoskeletal Disorders / Pathology w/ Lab*

PTA1011 - Musculoskeletal Disorders / Pathology w/ Lab - 4 Credits

Common musculoskeletal disorders related to physical therapy patients, diseases, surgeries and injuries with related treatment techniques and progression are emphasized in this course. Topics covered include pathology of the major body systems and related therapy considerations, upper and lower extremities, spine and trunk and major organ systems. (Lab Fee required)

Prerequisite: MAC1132 and HIM2001 with a C or better

4
PTA2010 Modalities w/ Lab*

PTA2010 - Modalities w/ Lab - 3 Credits

This course focuses on therapeutic intervention techniques utilizing modalities common in physical therapy treatment including heat, cold, light, sound, water, electricity, traction, massage and soft tissue treatment. Treatment and infection control for wound and burn care is also addressed.

Prerequisites: BSC2022, PTA1001, PTA1010, PTA1011 (Lab Fee required)

3
PTA2020 Neurological Disorders and Treatment w/ Lab*

PTA2020 - Neurological Disorders and Treatment w/ Lab - 3 Credits

This course is a survey of common neurological disorders and dysfunctions. Clinical manifestations and treatment techniques related to physical therapy intervention for neurological conditions (adult and pediatric), including CVA, brain and spinal cord injuries, birth defects, neuromuscular diseases and disorders will be covered.

Prerequisites: BSC2022, PTA1001, PTA1010, PTA1011 (Lab Fee required)

3
PTA2021 Therapeutic Exercise I w/ Lab*

PTA2021 - Therapeutic Exercise I w/ Lab - 4 Credits

Therapeutic exercise principles and techniques are emphasized in this course. Topics include development of exercise programs for rehabilitation of specific conditions, muscle weakness/imbalance, joint limitations, cardiopulmonary assessment and rehabilitation, assessment of body mass index, target heart rate, procedures for measuring and analyzing joint mobility, strength and gait.

Prerequisites: BSC2022, PTA1001, PTA1010, PTA1011 (Lab Fee required)

4
PTA2100 Clinical Internship I*

PTA2100 - Clinical Internship I - 5 Credits

This is the first of two full time unpaid clinical internships under the supervision of a licensed PT, providing students with opportunities to practice basic skills and documentation learned in the previous semester through hands on patient care.

Prerequisites: PTA1001, PTA1010, PTA1011

5
PTA2122 Therapeutic Exercise II w/ Lab*

PTA2122 - Therapeutic Exercise II w/ Lab - 4 Credits

Using concepts learned in PTA 2021, this course develops therapeutic exercise programs and techniques for more complex disorders and dysfunction, as well as treatment considerations for patients with co-morbidities. Development of exercise/rehabilitation programs for gait, balance, movement disorders, and selected medical conditions.

Prerequisites: PTA2021, PTA2010, PTA2020, PTA2100 (Lab Fee required)

4
PTA2500 Clinical Internship II*

PTA2500 - Clinical Internship II - 4 Credits

This is the final full-time unpaid clinical internship under the supervision of a licensed PT. This course gives students opportunity to practice and improve upon entry-level skills learned throughout the didactic program. This is a terminal internship, students should demonstrate competency in entry level PTA skills, problem solving and treatment progression, as well as demonstrate professional communication and documentation skills.

Prerequisites: PTA2021, PTA2010, PTA2020, PTA2100

4
PTA2520 PTA Seminar*

PTA2520 - PTA Seminar - 3 Credits

This course assists the student in preparation for employment as a PTA. Topics include resume' preparation, review of the Florida PT Practice Act, PT Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, PT Ethics Statement and Florida PT laws and rules information. Students will submit their portfolio started in semester one. NPTE review and practice, special topics and education on the role of the PTA in the community and wellness arena will also be covered.

Prerequisites: PTA2021, PTA2010, PTA2020, PTA2100

3

Total Physical Therapist Assistant Core
38

B.

Health Sciences Core

BSC1121 Biology I with Lab

BSC1121 - Biology I with Lab - 4 Credits

The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of biological science. It includes the scientific process, the chemistry of life, structure and function of cells, cellular metabolism, cell division, Mendelian and molecular genetics, and broad overview of the higher taxonomic classification. (Lab Fee required)

4
HSC1500 Medical Terminology

HSC1500 - Medical Terminology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of medical vocabulary using a systems approach. The course provides the student with an overview of words that pertain to body systems, anatomic structures, medical processes and procedures, and a variety of diseases. This course is offered both in an online and classroom format.

2
BSC2021 Anatomy and Physiology I*

BSC2021 - Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 Credits

This course is the first of a two course sequence designed for students in the health related fields. The structure and function of the human body will be investigated. The course will cover the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems and how these systems integrate with other systems.

Prerequisite: CHM1010 with a grade of C or better OR BSC1100 with a grade of C or better and MAC1132 or higher with a grade of C or better (Lab Fee required)

4
BSC2022 Anatomy and Physiology II*

BSC2022 - Anatomy and Physiology II* - 4 Credits

This course is the second of a two-course sequence designed for students in the health related fields. The course covers the structure and function of the endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems and how these systems integrate and function with other systems.

Prerequisite: BSC2021 with a grade of C or better (Lab Fee required)

4

Total Health Sciences Core
14

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component


CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a level of basic proficiency.

4
HSC1002 Foundations for College Success

HSC1001 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credit

In this course, students will learn the skills needed to face the real-life challenges of returning to school and juggling not just school, but family, a job, and other responsibilities. Students will develop and apply critical thinking skills to meet the requirements of being a healthcare student and eventually a healthcare professional. This course is required for any student who has not completed a minimum of sixty (60) transferrable semester credit hours at the college level or an Associate’s degree. This course must be completed the first semester at Hodges University.

2
PSY1102 Strategic Thinking

PSY1102 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

This course focusses on the process by which attitudes are developed, evaluated, and changed. Students will focus on applying critical thinking skills to understand current issues, belief systems and ethical positions.

2
ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
HUM2022/2030 Introduction to Humanities or
Introduction to World Religions

HUM2022 - Introduction to Humanities: Prehistory to the Renaissance - 4 Credits

This course is a combined study of human civilization from prehistory to the Renaissance, including art, history, music, architecture, religion, philosophy and literature. Emphasis is placed on critical reading of written communication and cultural enrichment.

HUM2030 - Introduction to World Religions - 4 Credits

Introduction to world religions helps to better inform students concerning the principles of the major faiths of the world, ancient and modern. Emphasis is placed on critical reading of written communication and cultural enrichment and within this context to attain a better understanding of the human community.

4

Total Liberal Arts Component
22

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

74

*These courses are not eligible for transfer form another institution and must be completed at Hodges University.

Benefits

How is Hodges PTA Program Different?

Our Program is Accredited

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:  www.capteonline.org.

You Can Complete the Program in Two Years or Less

Our PTA program is the only one in the area that can be completed in two years or less.

Our Professors and Program Chair

Our instructors have practical experience and are dedicated to providing individualized personal attention. The PTA Program Chair, Dr. Cynthia Vaccarino has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient, neurology, orthopedics, trauma, skilled nursing facility, and home health. She has designed, developed and taught the annual Post-Acute Stroke Symposium for Lee Memorial Health Systems and continues to be a resource to the health system and the community. She is an active member of FPTA and APTA.

PTA Program Statistics

Graduation Rates: 100% Class of 2013
December 2013 Licensure Rates: Not Available
Employment Rates: Not Available

More Information

For more information about our programs or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I have learned an enormous amount and feel prepared to work in my field!" - School of Allied Health Graduate

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Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to provide safe, competent physical therapy services under the supervision of the licensed Physical Therapist.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to interpret and implement the physical therapy plan of care to meet the goals in a safe, effective manner.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate both written and verbally in an effective and appropriate manner.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to educate others concerning physical therapy, interventions, wellness and prevention.

Graduates will exhibit the ability to provide safe, competent physical therapy services under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to recognize individual differences and respond appropriately.

Hodges PTA program graduate data:
(updated every 3 months)
2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of students accepted into the PTA Program  10 11    
Number of PTA students graduated  10 In progress    
Graduation rate 100% In progress    
Percent of students who sat for the national boards and passed  88.8% In progress    
Number of graduates licensed as PTA's 8 In progress    
Percent of licensed PTA's employed 100% In progress    
 

Carlene Harrison

Dean : School of Allied Health

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B. King

 
 

Comments, concerns or complaints about the PTA program? Email amcbreen-babb@hodges.edu.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:  www.capteonline.org.


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