Physical Therapist Assistant Degree (PTA) (selective)

Physical therapist assistants implement treatment procedures in the rehabilitation of injured, ill, or debilitated individuals. The Physical Therapist Assistant Degree program prepares individuals to work in the healthcare field under the direct supervision of a physical therapist in a variety of settings. The program also prepares students for the PTA licensure examination in the student’s respective state of practice. The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. For more information, please call 978-630-9287.

Application deadline: May 15, 2013 for the Devens campus program. Students applying after established deadlines will be considered for acceptance if seats are available. This selective enrollment program requires additional application components. The selection process is competitive and space is limited. (See page 22 of the college catalog).

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
Prerequisite Semester
ENG101 English Composition I

 

3

    Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: A grade of C+ or better is required

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  CIS127 or Business Elective

3

    Electives: ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MAS, MGT, MKT, PLS
  Humanities Elective

3

    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
PTA Fall Year I
PTA101 Introduction to Physical Therapy Assisting

1

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
PTA102 Basic Therapeutic Techniques

4

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
PTA104 Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology

4

    Pre-requisite or co-requisite: BIO115 or BIO199 with a C+ or better; MAT096, or placement
BIO199 Anatomy and Physiology I

4

    Prerequisites: BIO099, ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
PTA Intersession
PTA105 Assessment Techniques

3

    PTA101, 102, 104
PTA Spring Year I
BIO204 Anatomy and Physiology II

4

    Prerequisites: BIO099, ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement

Note: Must be taken concurrently or prior to PTA107, 108, 139

ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
PTA107 Therapeutic Exercise

4

    Prerequisite: PTA105

Co-requisites: BIO204, PTA108

PTA108 Clinical Orthopedics

4

    Prerequisite: PTA105

Co-requisites: BIO204 and PTA107

PTA139 Human Disease and Pathology

4

    Prerequisites or co-enrollment: BIO115 or 199 with a C+ or better; MAT 096 or placement.

Note: PTA majors, consult advisor

PTA Summer Year I
PTA110 Clinical Practicum I

3

    Prerequisites: BIO204, PTA107, PTA108, PTA139
PTA Fall Year II
PSY110 Human Growth and Development

3

    PSY105
PTA112 Therapeutic Modalities

4

    PTA110
PTA113 Advanced Rehabilitation Techniques

3

    PTA110
PTA114 Neurophysiological Techniques

4

    PTA110
PTA Spring Year II
PTA116 Clinical Practicum II

5

    Prerequisites: PTA112, 113, 114
PTA117 Special Topics

3

    PTA112, 113, 114
PTA118 Clinical Management and Healthcare Issues

1

    PTA112, 113, 114
PTA119 Clinical Practicum III

5

    Prerequisites: PTA116, 117, 118
                                                                 Total: 82 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program is selective and can be completed during the day at the Gardner and Devens Campuses.

Requirements for consideration: Applicants must meet certain academic standards. See page 22 of the college catalog for specific details or refer to the program application available on our website or through the admissions office.

Helpful hints: Interested applicants are encouraged to register in the Allied Health Concentration so they can take courses needed to meet requirements for consideration. They can then apply for acceptance.

Transfer options: While there has traditionally been no direct transfer route for PTA graduates, they may choose from a variety of higher level degrees such as exercise physiology, pre-physical therapy, and massage therapy or other complementary health care programs. Consult with your academic advisor. For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: PTA students are required to keep pace with the incoming class and must take courses in sequential order. Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the program. Students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see page 23 of the college catalog). BIO199 and BIO204 must be completed within five years prior to or concurrently with PTA coursework in semesters I and II. Please Note: All BIO and PTA courses require a grade of C+ or better in order to be eligible for promotion to the next level.

Career options: PTAs assist PTs in acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, long-term care, private practices, school systems, and home care/visiting nurse associations.

Earning potential: $33,840 to $49,010.

Program Competencies for PTA

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Consistently demonstrate appropriate role utilization of the physical therapist assistant in the application of established treatment interventions as directed by the primary physical therapist.
  • Integrate into practice the Guidelines of Ethical Conduct/Standards of Practice for PTAs in an effort to assure safe and proper conduct for all interactions within the profession.
  • Demonstrate entry-level competence and skill in the implementation of a comprehensive treatment plan including appropriate modifications according to patient response, patient practitioner interactions, and participation in discharge planning and follow-up.
  • Report and communicate regularly with supervising physical therapists regarding patient progress and treatment modifications in accordance with changes in patient status.
  • Perform with entry-level competence data collection procedures, integrating the findings of such procedures to the patient’s plan of care.
  • Identify and demonstrate consistent behavior of interactions and teaching with healthcare professionals, patients, and their families while providing the desired psycho-social support among diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate effective and accurate written and verbal communication skills in documenting the relevant aspects of patient care, including patient response and progress.
  • Integrate information obtained from professional literature review into clinical practice as evidenced-based practitioners of physical therapy interventions in keeping with the intent of the APTA’s Vision 2020 statement.
  • Demonstrate consistent commitment to lifelong learning through regular participation in continuing education.
  • Demonstrate successful performance on state licensure examination.
  • Obtain employment as entry-level physical therapist assistant.

Technical Standards* for PTA

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68.

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze and, draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  • Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.