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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Mont Alto

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 modalities. In order to accomplish these tasks, the major utilizes a combination of basic science and nonscience course work coupled with health education courses specifically designed for the physical therapist assistant. The program culminates with a full semester of clinical experience.

The size of each entering class is limited so that optimal clinical experiences and practical application situations can be maintained. Students are admitted into the program only during the fall semester and must progress through the program in the prescribed manner. 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.

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.

Penn State DuBois is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE.  The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted 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 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 (41 credits)
BIOL 129 GN(4)[1], BIOL 141 GN(3)[1], BIOL 142(1)[1], ENGL 015 GWS(3), P T 100(3)[1], P T 384(4)[1], PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
P T 150(2)[1], P T 160(3)[1], P T 250(4)[1], P T 260(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
P T 395F(4)*[1], P T 395G(4)*[1] (Sem: 5)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 1 credit from KINES 013(1) or KINES 303 GHA(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from CAS 203(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3), or PSYCH 212 GS(3) (Sem: 1-5)
Select 4 credits from P T 395E(4)[1]* or P T 395W(4)[1]* (Sem: 3)
Select 3 credits from P T 270(3)[1] or P T 270W(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
Select 4 credits from P T 280(4)[1] or P T 280W(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
Select 1-3 credits from any P T course not listed above in prescribed or additional courses. (Sem: 1-5)

[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.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-05-007

Review Date: 5/12/04

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

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