Physical Therapy Associate Degree

Physical Therapy

physical therapy
Physical Therapy
A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant
Overview

People who work in the physical therapy field enjoy a certain type of gratification. They are often times privileged to help patients recover from serious injuries. Whether it’s back or neck issues, arthritis, neurological conditions, or just simply pains and strains, the rewards of helping someone regain their mobility is great.

What’s more, physical therapist assistants are in demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 46 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

At ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), you earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assisting in just 1.5 years through MCI’s year-round program.

*US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

Program Description

Medical Careers Institute’s physical therapist assistant program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge required to work under the supervision of a Physical Therapist in the rehabilitation process. Curriculum focuses on a variety of areas including:

  • Human anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Aging of muscles and bones as it relates to exercise and its impact on mobility, strength and coordination

Students also gain hands-on experience in the use of physical modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, traction, massage, and electrical stimulation to help decrease pain, increase motion, and improve function.

Possible Career Track

Upon completion, graduates with an Associate of Science Degree in Health Science with a concentration in Physical Therapist Assisting could possibly pursue a career in a wide array of settings including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Skilled nursing
  • Extended care facilities
  • Sports training facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Homes
  • Schools
  • Occupational environments
  • Fitness centers

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at ECPI University, School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA Campus and Richmond, VA Campus (Emerywood/West End Location) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.

The Richmond, VA program is an expansion of the accredited parent PTA program at ECPI University, School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute – Newport News, VA.

1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314
Phone: 703-706-3245
email: accreditation@apta.org
website: www.capteonline.org
website: Admissions and Outcomes Information

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

50 Semester credit hours

PTA101

Professional Issues for the Physical Therapist Assistant

2

PTA105

Musculoskeletal

3

PTA111

Introduction to Physical Therapy

2

PTA120

Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant

3

PTA135

Rehabilitation I Assessment

2

PTA136

Rehabilitation II Therapeutic Modalities

3

PTA138

Rehabilitation IV Devices

2

PTA139

Rehabilitation III Therapeutic Exercise

3

PTA145

Medical & Surgical Conditions I

2

PTA146

Medical & Surgical Conditions II

2

PTA147

Medical & Surgical Conditions III

2

PTA206

Neurological Rehabilitation

3

PTA210

Motor Development & Aging

2

PTA250

Clinical Internship I

4

PTA251

Clinical Internship II

4

PTA254

Clinical Internship III

8

PTA275

Physical Therapist Assistant Preparatory

3

Arts and Sciences

20 semester credit hours

BIO111

Anatomy & Physiology I w/Terminology

3

BIO111L

Anatomy & Physiology I with Terminology LAB

1

BIO116

Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology

3

BIO116L

Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology LAB

1

ENG110

College Composition

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH131

College Algebra

3

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

4 semester credit hours

COR191

Career Orientation

1

CIS115

Computer Applications

3

This program consists of 1,800 contact hours.

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare graduates for entry-level practice as physical therapist assistants who will work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner.
  • Prepare graduates who are competent in the implementation of comprehensive treatment plans developed by the supervising physical therapist and prepare to effectively monitor and modify the plan of care within the knowledge and limits of practice and communicate with the supervising therapist in a timely manner regarding the patient's status .
  • Provide a learning environment that recognizes individual differences and promotes caring behaviors in the health care community.
  • Promote critical thinking skills to effectively address patient care problems and to adapt the rapidly changing challenges in healthcare and physical therapist assistant.
  • Provide graduates with strong educational foundations for lifelong personal and professional growth
  • Prepare graduates to take the national licensure exam.

Newport News Campus: Graduation rate for 2011 – 2013 is 78.6%. National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants pass rate 2011 – 2013 is: 97.4%. PTA graduates who sought employment that were employed within 6 months of passing the licensure exam for 2011 – 2013 is 100%.

Richmond West Campus: New Program. First class accepted January 2011. First class graduated July 2012. Graduation rate for 2012 – 2013 is 92.1%. National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants pass rate for 2012 – 2013 is: 94.6%. PTA graduates who sought employment that were employed within 6 months of passing the licensure exam for 2012 - 2013 is 94%.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), which requires the calculation of employment rates. These annual rates, as reported in the program’s Annual Accreditation Report (AAR), are calculated as the percentage of graduates for the most recent graduating cohort prior to October 1 of the previous year (e.g., between 10/1/14 and 9/30/15 for the 2015 AAR) who were employed as a Physical Therapist Assistant within 6 months of passing the licensure exam. This accreditor has established the employment rate threshold as the employment rate averaged over the most recent three years that is consistent with national trends as determined by annual reporting mechanisms. Therefore, this rate represents the program’s employment rate averaged over the most recent three years (graduating cohorts 2011 – 2013).

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