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Students attending the program receive an associate of science degree upon successful completion of the program. Major course work includes:

  • Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Therapeutic Exercise I & II
  • Pathology
  • Advanced First Aid
  • Procedures I & II
  • Rehabilitation
  • Human Musculature
  • PTA Seminar

Additional general education courses are also required for a total of 69 credits.

Students are expected to learn and perform physical activities utilizing proper body mechanics and techniques to prepare them for the rigors of physical therapy treatment. Such activities include but are not limited to patient lifting, transfers, ambulation training and guarding, manual exercises, sterile techniques for wound treatment, and training in mat and floor mobility skills. Training includes the safe and appropriate use of electromedical equipment and physical agents for the treatment of multiple ailments. Students are expected to communicate effectively utilizing professional terminology in verbal and written forms.

Practical clinical experiences are an integral part of the program. Three full-time off-campus experiences are included in the curriculum.  The first experience occurs in the fall semester of the second year, and the last two experiences occur in the summer at the conclusion of the didactic portion of the program. These affiliations will be scheduled by the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) in coordination with the various clinical sites. The program has affiliation agreements with a large number and variety of clinical sites throughout the Commonwealth and other states. Students will practice under the supervision of a physical therapist and perhaps also under the direction of a physical therapist assistant.   Transportation, housing, meals, medical examinations, immunizations and liability insurance are the responsibility of  the student. The program’s ACCE will facilitate and monitor the purchase of medical liability through an insurance carrier under a group plan.  This arrangement allows for very reasonable rates.  The student must adhere to the program and clinic site requirements as per medical clearance and immunizations as well as potentially undergo a criminal background check and/or drug testing.

 


Course Descriptions

SEMESTER 1

Bio 129: Mammalian Anatomy - Anatomy of a mammal, with special reference to that of man.

Art/Hum: 3 credits of Arts and 3 credits of Humanities are required. The student has a wide variety of choices to select from.

ENG 15: Rhetoric and Composition - Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose. Students with weak English skills may be required to take English 4 prior to English 15. English 4 does not count towards the PTA major.

Quantification: Mathematics (Math 5, College Algebra), Computer Science 101 (Introduction to Algorithmic Processes), Statistics 100 (Statistical Concepts and Reasoning) or Philosophy 212 (Symbolic Logic).

Psych 100: Psychology - Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

SEMESTER 2

Bio 141: Physiology - Normal functions of the animal body, with special reference to those of man.

Bio 142: Physiology Lab - Experiments demonstrating basic physiological principles, with special reference to man.

PT 100: Physical Therapy Assistant Introduction - Orientation to the field of physical therapy, historical background of the profession, professional ethics, medical terminology and patient care techniques.

Art/Hum: 3 credits of Arts and 3 credits of Humanities are required. The student has a wide variety of choices to select from.

PT 205:  Human Musculature-A comprehensive review of human musculature.

KINES 13: First Aid, ersonal Safety, and CPR- Competencies leading toward certification in Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

SEMESTER 3

PT 150: Physical Therapist Assistant Procedures I -General considerations for basic physical therapy modalities including their indications, contraindications, skill development and practical application.

PT 160: Therapeutic Exercise I - Introduction to the principles of exercise in the treatment of disease and injury..

PT 384: Applied Kinesiology - Study of anatomical structure, body movement. Characteristic muscle action and motion will be analyzed in relation to physical therapy context.

PT 270: Pathophysiology - Introduction to medical and post-operative conditions and/or disease states most frequently treated by physical therapy modalities.

PT 395E: Physical Therapist Assistant Practicum I - All qualifying students, completing their prescribed courses, will be assigned to three separate affiliations. The student will be expected to practice Physical Therapist Assistant skills in a clinical setting. The student will be under the direct supervision of a registered Physical Therapist. 

SEMESTER 4

PT 250: Physical Therapist Assistant Procedures II - General considerations for advanced physical therapy modalities including their indications, contraindications, skill development and practical application.

PT 260: Therapeutic Exercise II - Advanced principles of exercise in the treatment of disease and injury.

PT 280W: Rehabilitation - Examination of techniques and laboratory experiences in rehabilitation techniques for the physically challenged.

ENG 202C: Effective Writing-Technical Writing - Writing for students in scientific and technical disciplines.

SEMESTER 5

(Summer Session)

PT 395F, PT 395G: Physical Therapist Assistant Practicum  II, III - All qualifying students, completing their prescribed courses, will be assigned to three separate affiliations. The student will be expected to practice Physical Therapist Assistant skills in a clinical setting. The student will be under the direct supervision of a registered Physical Therapist.

 

Contact Information

Dr. Rosemarie Petrilla
PTA Program Coordinator
Phone: 570-450-3042
Email: rxp21@psu.edu