Help people heal, regain their strength and mobility, and improve their quality of life with a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) A.A.S. degree from Montco. taught at Central Campus's new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center.

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

Important message on the candidacy for accreditation

Effective October 25, 2017, the Montgomery County Community College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA, 22314
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.

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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.

About the admission process

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 twelve month, continuous phase consisting of three sequential semesters. Students are admitted to the Technical Phase Physical Therapist Assistant Program for the summer each year.

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Pre-Technical Phase

First Semester (summer or before)

Course ID Title Credits
BIO-131 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (1st 6 weeks) 4
ESW-151 Fundamentals of Functional Training (1st 6 weeks) 2
BIO-132 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (2nd 6 weeks) 4
MAT-106 Math Applications (2nd 6 weeks) 3

13 Credit Hours


Second Semester (fall or before)

Course ID Title Credits
ENG-101 English Composition I 3
ESW-222

Applied Kinesiology (offered fall only)

3
ESW-224

Exercise Physiology (offered fall only)

4
PHY-115

Technical Physics

4

14 Credit Hours


Third Semester (spring or before)

Course ID Title Credits
CMS-120 Public Speaking 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective * 3
HCP-224 Medical Terminology 3
PSY-206 Human Development – A Life-Span Approach 3

* Recommend DAN-102 Fundamentals of Modern Dance l

12 Credit Hours

Technical Phase

Technical Phase (Petition for Admission and program acceptance required)

Fourth Semester (summer)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA-100 Fundamentals of Physical Therapist Assisting and Data Collection (1st 7 weeks) 3
PTA-110 Therapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy (1st 7 weeks) 3
PTA-200

Pathology & Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Conditions

Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care (2nd 7-week session)

5
PTA-201

Physical Therapist Assistant Roles,
Relationships and Responsibilities Seminar I (2nd 7-week session)

2

13 Credit Hours


Fifth Semester (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)

5
PTA-220

Pathology & Rehabilitation of Special Populations & Conditions

Across the Lifespan and Continuum of Care (2nd 7-week session)

4

12 Credit Hours


Sixth Semester (spring)

Course ID Title Credits
PTA-222 Clinical Education I (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