Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Degree Type Degree
  • Program outcomesEnter the workforce
  • Area of StudyHealth
  • Total Credit Hours70

Help people heal, regain their strength and mobility, and improve their quality of life with a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate of Applied Science degree from Montco. Taught at Blue Bell Campus's state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center, you'll earn 70-credits.

At the end of the program you will be prepared to take the Physical Therapist Assistant National Physical Therapy Examination for state certification/licensure. You will also be able to demonstrate values-based behavior while effectively and efficiently assisting physical therapists who serve the diverse population of Montgomery County and surrounding communities. PTAs work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They are employed in such settings as hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, school systems, sports medicine facilities and private practices.

Program outcomes
  • Demonstrate proficient entry-level knowledge and skills in safely, effectively and efficiently implementing a physical therapist established comprehensive plan of care;
  • Adhere to the legal, ethical and professional regulations and standards that determine the scope of practice of physical therapy and perform physical therapy duties within the PTA scope of practice;
  • Communicate effectively with sensitivity and awareness of individual differences with patients, families, colleagues, and other healthcare providers;
  • Exhibit observable behaviors that indicate a commitment to PTA values-based behaviors.
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Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Montgomery County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA, 22305-3085
phone: 703-706-3245
email: accreditation@apta.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 215-619-7361 or email rcullen@mc3.edu.

Verify CAPTE accreditation status

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants seeking admission to the technical / clinical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are required to submit a completed Petition for Physical Therapist Assistant Admission to Enrollment Services, and present specific credentials matching programs admission guidelines.

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Program Curriculum

Sequence of courses

Courses in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Pre-Technical Phase and Technical Phase are listed in sequential order. All Pre-Technical courses must be completed before enrollment into the Technical Phase courses. The Pre-Technical courses BIO 131, BIO 132, PHY 115, ESW 222 and ESW 224 must be completed within five years before enrollment into the Technical Phase courses. The PTA Technical Phase is a 16 month, continuous phase consisting of four sequential semesters. Students are admitted to the Technical Phase Physical Therapist Assistant Program for the spring each year.

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Pre-Technical Phase

First Semester (summer 2021 or before)
Course ID Title Credits
BIO 131 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (1st 6 weeks) 4
ENG 101 English Composition I (1st 6 weeks) 3
BIO 132 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (2nd 6 weeks) 4
MAT 106 Math Applications (2nd 6 weeks) 3
14 Credit Hours

Second Semester (fall 2021 or before)
Course ID Title Credits
THA 105 Introduction to Acting I: Improvisation and Fundamentals 3
PHY 115 Technical Physics 4
PSY 206 Human Development – A Life-Span Approach 3
ESW 222 Applied Kinesiology (offered fall only) 3
ESW 224 Exercise Physiology (offered fall only) 4
17 Credit Hours

Technical Phase

Technical Phase (Petition for Admission and program acceptance required)
Third Semester (spring 2022)
Course ID Title Credits
PTA 100 Fundamentals of Physical Therapist Assisting and Data Collection (1st 7 weeks) 4
PTA 110 Therapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy (1st 7 weeks) 4
PTA 125 Therapeutic Interventions for Physical Therapist Assisting 4
12 Credit Hours
Fourth Semester (summer 2022)
Course ID Title Credits
PTA 200 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care 5
PTA 201 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar I 2
PTA 220 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Special Populations & Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care 5
12 Credit Hours

Fifth Semester (fall 2022)
Course ID Title Credits
PTA 221 Clinical Education I (1st 7-week session) 2
PTA 202 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar II (1st 7-week session) 1
PTA 210 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Neurological Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care (2nd 7-week session) 6
9 Credit Hours

Sixth Semester (spring 2023)
Course ID Title Credits
PTA 222 Clinical Education II (1st 7 weeks) 2
PTA 203 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar III (1st 7 weeks) 1
PTA 223 Clinical Education III (2nd 7-week session) 2
PTA 204 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar IV (2nd 7-week session) 1
6 Credit Hours
Total Semester Hours Credit: 70

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1 (summer)

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 131 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (1st 6 weeks) 4
ENG 101 English Composition I (1st 6 weeks) 3
BIO 132 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (2nd 6 weeks) 4
MAT 106 Math Applications (2nd 6 weeks) 3

Semester 2 (fall)

Course ID Title Credits
THA 105 Introduction to Acting I: Improvisation and Fundamentals 3
PHY 115 Technical Physics 4
PSY 206 Human Development – A Life-Span Approach 3
ESW 222 Applied Kinesiology (offered fall only) 3
ESW 224 Exercise Physiology (offered fall only) 4

Semester 3 (spring)

Technical Phase (Petition for Admission and program acceptance required)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA 100 Fundamentals of Physical Therapist Assisting and Data Collection (1st 7 weeks) 4
PTA 110 Therapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy (1st 7 weeks) 4
PTA 125 Therapeutic Interventions for Physical Therapist Assisting 4

Semester 4 (summer)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA 200 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care 5
PTA 201 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar I 2
PTA 220 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Special Populations & Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care 5
Semester 5 (fall)
Course ID Title Credits
PTA 221 Clinical Education I (1st 7-week session) 2
PTA 202 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar II (1st 7-week session) 1
PTA 210 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Neurological Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care (2nd 7-week session) 6

Semester 6 (spring)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA 222 Clinical Education II (1st 7 weeks) 2
PTA 203 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar III (1st 7 weeks) 1
PTA 223 Clinical Education III (2nd 7-week session) 2
PTA 204 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar IV (2nd 7-week session) 1

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1 (fall)

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 131 Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4
MAT 106 Math Applications  3

Semester 2 (spring)

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 132 Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4
PHY 115 Technical Physics 4

Semester 3 (summer)

Course ID Title Credits
THA 105 Introduction to Acting I: Improvisation and Fundamentals 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
PSY 206 Human Development – A Life-Span Approach 3

Semester 4 (fall)

Course ID Title Credits
ESW 222 Applied Kinesiology (offered fall only) 3
ESW 224 Exercise Physiology (offered fall only 4

Technical Phase – Petition for Admission and Program Acceptance Required

Semester 5 (spring)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA 100 Fundamentals of Physical Therapist Assisting and Data Collection 4
PTA 110 Therapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy 4
PTA 125 Therapeutic Interventions for Physical Therapist Assisting 4

Semester 6 (summer)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA 200 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care 5
PTA 201 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar I 2
PTA 220 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Special Populations & Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care 5

Semester 7 (fall)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA 221 Clinical Education I (1st 6 weeks of the 1st 7-week session) 2
PTA 202 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar II (Week 7 of the 1st 7-week session) 1
PTA 210 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Neurological Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care (2nd 7-week session) 6

Semester 8 (spring)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA 222 Clinical Education II (1st 6 weeks of the 1st 7-week session) 2
PTA 203 Clinical Education III (1st 6 weeks of the 2nd 7-week session) 1
PTA 204 Physical Therapist Assistant Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar IV (Week 7 of the 2nd 7-week session) 2
PTA 220 Pathology & Rehabilitation of Special Populations & Conditions Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care (2nd 7-week session) 1