Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The program is designed to prepare students to utilize exercise, specialty equipment, and other treatment procedures to prevent, identify, correct, and alleviate movement dysfunction. The program design provides students with the philosophical, theoretical, and clinical knowledge necessary to deliver high-quality patient care. Ultimately, students are prepared as skilled technical healthcare providers who work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to provide selected components of physical therapy treatments. Upon successful completion of the program, students must take and pass a licensing examination to begin their career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA). Students are prepared for employment in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, contract agencies, and schools.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
1NAS 150 Human Biology 4
Total 8
1st Semester
PTH 105 Introduction to Physical Therapy 3
PTH 121 Therapeutic Procedures I 5
PTH 151 Musculoskeletal Structure and Function 5
Choose One
2SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 14
2nd Semester
PED 220 Adult Health and Development 2
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
PTH 115 Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 5
PTH 122 Therapeutic Procedures II 5
Total 15
3rd Semester
3MTH Elective 3
PTH 131 Clinical Education I 3
Total 6
4th Semester
4 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
PTH 225 Rehabilitation Procedures 5
PTH 231 Clinical Education II 5
Total 13
5th Semester
PTH 210 Psychological Aspects of Therapy 2
PTH 227 Pathological Conditions 3
PTH 232 Clinical Education III 5
PTH 245 Professional Issues 3
Total 13
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 69
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
ENG
111
3
HLT
141
1
1NAS
150
4
Total 8
1st Semester
PTH
105
3
PTH
121
5
PTH
151
5
Choose One
2SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 14
2nd Semester
PED
220
2
PSY
200
3
PTH
115
5
PTH
122
5
Total 15
3rd Semester
Elective
3MTH
3
PTH
131
3
Total 6
4th Semester
4
3
PTH
225
5
PTH
231
5
Total 13
5th Semester
PTH
210
2
PTH
227
3
PTH
232
5
PTH
245
3
Total 13
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 69

BIO 141 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 CR.)-BIO 142 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 CR.) may be substituted for NAS 150.

2 SDV 100, may be substituted for SDV 101. 

3 Select from any MTH course 154 or above.

4 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

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