Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Physical Therapist Assistant

Allied Health

221 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu.alliedhealth

Entry time

Fall

Award

Associate of Applied Science degree

2 years (5 semesters)

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work closely with physical therapists (PTs) to provide services to people with physical disabilities. Patient treatments may include exercise, functional activities, gait training, massage, electrical stimulation, hot/cold packs, traction and ultrasound and other therapeutic interventions.

The PT performs an initial patient examination and identifies patient problems and goals, then outlines a plan of care. The PTA assists the PT by carrying out all or part of the plan of care, monitoring the patient’s progress and documenting the care.

Career opportunities: hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Fall Semester

BIO-168

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-210

Health Skills I

1

PTA-101

Introduction to PTA

2

PTA-120

Kinesiology

3

PTA-140

Functional Motor Development

3

PTA-192

PTA Modalities I

2

 

 

17

Spring Semester

BIO-173

Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II

4

PTA-110

Fundamentals for PTA

3

PTA-150

Pathophysiology

3

PTA-193

PTA Modalities II

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication or

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals

 

 

 

16

Summer Term

ENG-105

Composition I

3

PTA-160

PTA Procedures I

3

PTA-161

PTA Procedures II

3

PTA-301

PTA Clinic I

2

 

 

11

Fall Semester

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

PTA-210

Orthopedics

3

PTA-230

Rehab for Medical Conditions

3

PTA-240

Neurology

3

PTA-302

PTA Clinic II

2

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Humanities elective

3

 

 

17

Spring Semester

PTA-250

PTA Career Essentials

2

PTA-431

PTA Clinic III

12

 

 

14

Total program credit hours

75

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