2020-2021 Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

75 Credit Hours

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students to implement physical therapy interventions, including therapeutic exercises, functional training and physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound, as well as providing instruction in exercise, proper body mechanics and other injury prevention and wellness topics. Additional duties include reimbursement responsibilities, documentation and continuing education. PTAs work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Graduates become licensed by passing the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants.


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

General Education Core Requirements

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 109 College Algebra with Modeling 3
MAT 110 College Algebra 3
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
SPC 209 Interpersonal Communication 3

REQ HUM Select from Humanities 3

Total:   15

Major Requirements

AHS 104 Medical Vocabulary-Anatomy 3
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PTH 101 Physical Therapy Professional Preparation 2
PTH 202 Physical Therapy Modalities 4
PTH 205 Physical Therapy Functional Anatomy 4
PTH 221 Pathology I 2
PTH 222 Pathology II 2
PTH 230 Clinical Electrotherapy 3
PTH 235 Interpersonal Dynamics 2
PTH 240 Therapeutic Exercises/Applications 5
PTH 242 Orthopedic Management 4
PTH 244 Rehabilitation 4
PTH 245 Pediatric Physical Therapy 2
PTH 252 Clinical Practice 2
PTH 266 Physical Therapy Practicum I 6
PTH 275 Advanced Professional Preparation 1
PTH 276 Physical Therapy Practicum II 6

Total:   60

Applicants will be admitted to this program on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Applicants are considered to be qualified for admission to the next available class when they meet all college and program requirements. Classes in this program begin Summer Semester.

    1. General College Admission Requirements Achieve admission to the college by meeting TTC’s requirements for associate degree programs. Please note that applicants not achieving appropriate test scores will be required to complete courses indicated by placement test scores.

      Note: Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

    2. Program Admission Requirements
      Applicants should ensure that documentation of each of the following admission requirements is on file in the Admissions office as soon as it is completed. Information may be submitted in person or by mail to:

      Trident Technical College
      Admissions Office, AM-M
      (Student Center, Bldg. 410, Room 110)
      P.O. Box 118067
      Charleston, SC 29423-8067

      Upon admission to the College and submission of official high school and college transcripts, complete the online Health Sciences Application through the TTC Portal. Once the application is received, complete the following prerequisite steps:

      1. Provide proof that all general education courses (prerequisite courses) required in the Physical Therapist Assistant program have been completed with a minimum grade of C. Laboratory science courses and AHS 104 Medical Vocabulary/Anatomy must have been taken within five years of acceptance into the program.

        The PTA Program has a Repeat Rule regarding admissions: No more than four of the eight prerequisite courses may be repeated and no course may be repeated more than once.

      2. Achieve a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA in the required science (BIO 210 and BIO 211), math (either MAT 120 or MAT 110), and English (ENG 101) courses.

      3. Complete the online Information Session on the TTC Portal page for Physical Therapist Assistant and achieve a score of 100% on the online quiz following the session to verify the information was reviewed and understood.
      4. Submit to the Admissions Office a completed Observation form documenting a minimum of 40 hours spent in a physical therapy facility.  While all 40 hours may be completed in a hospital, it is preferred that the observation hours be divided between hospital and non-hospital facilities, with a minimum of 20 hours in an in-patient acute-care or acute rehab hospital.  The applicant is responsible for the observation experience. Forms may be found on the TTC PTA webpage and PTA Portal page.

  2. General Admission Procedures for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program 
    Applicants who meet college and program requirements will be considered qualified and will be admitted on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Qualified applicants will be notified via my.tridenttech.edu email indicating the year and semester that they have been admitted. Students will be required to provide a completed, current Health Sciences – Student Health Record including all immunizations and titers, TB (PPD) tests, as well as current Healthcare Provider CPR certification, major medical insurance and medical professional liability coverage.

    Students will also be notified by my.tridenttech.edu email the date and time of the mandatory program orientation. Failure to attend will result in forfeiture of seat in the program.

    Note: Falsification of any information submitted will make a student ineligible for admission to or continuation in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Course  Progression
To progress to the next Physical Therapist Assistant course, the student must complete all Physical Therapist Assistant courses with a grade of C or better. The student must earn a grade of satisfactory on the final professional development evaluation each semester of the program.

Note: Students are responsible for transportation, meals and housing expenses during clinical rotations.