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Associate of Applied Science

Prerequisite Courses

  Course Title Credits
  HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology 2
  ZOO 2010^  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
GenEd: CV  CO/M 2010* -OR-  Public Speaking 3
GenEd: CV CO/M 1015* Foundations of Communication 3
GenEd: CW ENGL 1010*+ English I: Composition 3
GenEd: QR MATH 1400+ -OR HIGHER- College Algebra 3
      Semester Credits 15

First Year

  Course Title Credits
  HLTK 2510* Pathophysiology 2
  PTAT 1600 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant 3
  PTAT 2030 Functional Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 4
  ZOO 2020*^ Anatomy and Physiology II 
GenEd: CS COLS 1000^ Introduction to College Success: First-Year Seminar 3
      Semester Credits 16
  Course Title Credits
  PTAT 1650* Therapeutic Procedures I 4
  PTAT 1720* Therapeutic Exercise 4
  PTAT 1740* Cardiac Rehabilitation 1
      Semester Credits 9

Second Year

  Course Title Credits
  EDST 2450* Human Life Span Development 3
  PTAT 1660* Therapeutic Procedures II 3
  PTAT 1820*  Orthopedics 4
  PTAT 2970*  PTA Clinical Practicum I 7
      Semester Credits 17
  Course Title Credits
  PTAT 1800* Neurology 3
  PTAT 1840* Specialty Rehabilitation 1
  PTAT 2971*  PTA Clinical Practicum II 7
GenEd: WY    Choose from approved U.S./Wyoming Constitution courses 3
      Semester Credits 14

Total Credits: 71

*This course has at least one prerequisite. Check the Course Descriptions section of the catalog to see the course prerequisites.

+If the placement test score is not adequate for course enrollment, students must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) before enrolling. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement with their advisor before planning out their full program schedules.

^Program Comments

Some students may qualify for an exemption for COLS 1000 due to prior learning. Information is available on Page 37 of the catalog. See your Academic Advisor for assistance.

Other Information
Health and Physical Requirements
All students admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program are expected to carry their own personal health insurance.

In the professional courses that are required, as well as in the career field, students need the ability to:

  • Lift and move patients, equipment, and accessories (up to 50 pounds).
  • Manipulate treatment equipment and measuring instruments using fine motor skills.
  • Hear audible cues and warnings from patients and equipment.
  • Utilize sense of touch in order to provide patient care, palpate anatomical landmarks, position patients, and administer treatments.
  • Teach patients through use of verbal, tactile, and demonstrative cues.
  • Utilize interpersonal skills to handle patients with physical or emotional trauma and to interact with other people in the classroom, lab, or clinical setting in a professional manner.

Admissions Process
Due to program accreditation requirements, the program is limited to 20 students a year. Students interested in applying for the program should contact the program director for specific procedures. Students completing program prerequisites may apply in the fall for the upcoming spring semester.

Selection is based on a student's grade point average, prerequisites completed, the date the application was received, and other criteria as noted on program application materials. Final acceptance will be contingent upon successful completion of program prerequisites, a health physical, and background check.

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks
LCCC requires drug screens and background checks for all PTA students. At their discretion, clinical sites may require additional drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. (If required, any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student.) Clinical sites may also require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation from clinical assignment.

In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.

Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program.

Special Scheduling
In addition to lecture and lab classes, students will complete at least 540 hours of clinical education in area health care facilities during the program. Students will be assigned to clinical sites based on need and availability. Students are expected to provide their own housing and transportation to clinical sites, which may be based out of town.

Learning Competencies

  1. Work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in a safe, ethical, legal, and professional manner.
  2. Implement a comprehensive treatment plan under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist (PT).
  3. Recognize and implement the use of interventions based on outcomes for patients in a variety of settings.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and non-verbal communications skills with the patient, Physical Therapist, health care personnel and others in a competent manner.
  5. Successfully integrate concepts from the pre-requisite course work, basic sciences and PTA programming into physical therapy practice.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning, evidence based practice, and ongoing professional growth and quality improvement in physical therapy practice.