Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate of Applied Science

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate of Applied Science program at St. Louis College of Health Careers prepares students to render professional assistance to patients who are recovering from injury and illness. Under the direction and supervision of a Licensed Physical Therapist, PTAs focus their efforts on restoring patients’ range of motion, managing their chronic/acute pain, and performing functional activities of their daily lives once again with confidence. Our graduates gain the ability to:

  • Use physical modalities and adaptive equipment
  • Collect data on the progress of each patient
  • Document and report upon each patient’s response to treatment
  • Educate patients and their families on how to apply therapeutic techniques to their everyday lives
  • Assist with a broad range of other aspects of their physical therapy practice

Graduate Opportunities

PTA graduates generally find fulfilling work in which they are involved in the direct care of patients. This can be in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, home health, nursing homes, schools, and sports facilities.

FSBPT Certification

SLCHC graduates are eligible to apply to sit for a standardized exam by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) before a license will be granted.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm

Physical Therapist Assistant Application

Application For Admissions

Semester 1

Course #CourseHoursCredits
ENG101English Composition 453
HB300Medical Terminology Basics301
AH100Professional Development453
BL121Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Theory453
BL121LEssentials of Anatomy & Physiology Lab301
PS101Psychology453
HC101Ethics453

Semester 2

Course #CourseHoursCredits
PTA120Fundamentals of Physical Therapy453
PS203Human Growth & Development302
BL302Kinesiology453
BL302LKinesiology Lab301
PTA124Pathology453
PTA128Basic Patient Care302
PTA128LBasic Patient Care Lab602

Semester 3

Course #CourseHoursCredits
PTA231Orthopedics302
PTA231LOrthopedics Lab602
PTA234Physical Agents I302
PTA234LPhysical Agents I Lab602
PTA236Therapeutic Exercise302
PTA236LTherapeutic Exercise Lab602

Semester 4

Course #CourseHoursCredits
PTA249CIntegrated Clinical1603
PTA241Neurological Conditions453
PTA241LNeurological Conditions Lab602
PTA248Advanced Patient Care302
PTA248LAdvanced Patient Care Lab602
PTA247LAdvanced Therapeutic Interventions Lab301

Semester 5

Course #CourseHoursCredits
PTA252Full-time Clinical Internship2405
PTA254CClinical Seminar151
PTA256CClinical Internship2405
PTA260Capstone Clas151

Program Accreditations

The Physical Therapist Assistant program has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
703-706-3245
accreditation@apta.org
www.capteonline.org

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