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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus

Physical Therapist Assistant

University College (2 PTA): Penn State DuBois, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Shenango

PROFESSOR THOMAS E. GLUMAC, Director, Penn State Mont Alto
PROFESSOR BARBARA E. REINARD, Coordinator, Penn State DuBois
PROFESSOR STACY A. SEKELY, Coordinator, Penn State Fayette
PROFESSOR ROSE PETRILLA, Coordinator, Penn State Hazleton
PROFESSOR GIZELLE DEAN, Coordinator, Penn State Shenango

This major helps prepare individuals to become skilled technical health workers who assist the physical therapist in patient treatment. Students develop knowledge and skills in the appropriate use of equipment and exercise associated with various physical therapy treatment interventions. In order to accomplish these tasks, the curriculum combines general education, science, and technical courses specifically designed for the physical therapist assistant. The program culminates with full-time clinical experiences.

The size of each entering class is limited so that optimal clinical experiences and practical application situations can be maintained. Students must progress through the PTA program as prescrbed in the Recommended Academic Plan for their campus of admission. Clinical affiliations are maintained over a wide geographical area. Students may be required to make special housing and transportation arrangements during the clinical phase. In order to accommodate the clinical practicum, this major requires five semesters to satisfy graduation requirements.

In addition to a PTA certification/licensure, many state licensing boards and clinical facilities require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and a drug screening. PTA students are required to complete clinical requirements that may include FBI fingerprint check, child abuse clearance, state background check and drug screening prior to the beginning of the clinical practicum. Students will be responsible for completion and purchase of the necessary checks/clearances through a University approved vendor and providing results to the clinical sites. Students with criminal records should contact the physical therapy licensing board in the state they plan to practice prior to applying for admission to the PTA Program to inquire about potential restrictions for licensure.

The Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant at Penn State  is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by CAPTE is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective April 30, 2014 The physical therapist assistant program at The Pennsylvania State University, DuBois Campus has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org).  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing towards accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

For the Associate in Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, a minimum of 68 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 21 credits
(9-12 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 59-61 credits
(This includes 9-12 credits of General Education courses: 3-6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GN courses; 3-6 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (45 credits)
BIOL 129 GN(4)[1], BIOL 141 GN(3)[1], BIOL 142(1)[1], ENGL 015 GWS(3), P T 100(3)[1], PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
P T 290 (1)[1], P T 384(4)[1], P T 395E(3)[1]* (Sem: 3-4)
P T 150(2)[1], P T 160(3)[1], P T 250(4)[1], P T 260(3)[1] (Sem: 3-5)
P T 395F(4)*[1], P T 395G(4)*[1] (Sem: 5)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14-16 credits)
Select 1 credit from KINES 013(1) or KINES 303 GHA(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from ENGL 202C GWS(3) or PSYCH 212 GS(3) (Sem: 1-5)
Select 2-3 credits from any P T course not listed above in prescribed or additional courses.[1] (Sem: 1-5)
Select 4 credits from P T 270(3-4)[1], P T 270A(3-4)[1], or P T 270W(4)[1] (Sem: 2-4)
Select 4-5 credits from P T 280(4-5)[1] or P T 280W(4-5)[1]; or P T 281(2)[1] and P T 282(3)[1] or P T 280W(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

*Courses that include clinical education experiences may require the student to travel long distances or obtain housing near the assigned clinic. Housing and transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-06-118

Review Date: 04/08/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

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