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Physical Therapist Assistant (2 PTA) - ARCHIVE

Begin Date: Summer Session 2000
End Date: Fall Semester 2006 -UCA

Physical Therapist Assistant - ARCHIVE

University College (2 PTA)

PROFESSOR THOMAS E. GLUMAC, Director, Penn State Mont Alto
PROFESSOR BARBARA E. REINARD, Coordinator, Penn State DuBois
PROFESSOR ROSE PETRILLA, Coordinator, Penn State Hazleton
PROFESSOR RICHARD L. HOLZWORTH, 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.

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)

(9-12 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(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.)

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] (Sem: 1-2)
P T 150(2)[1], P T 160(3)[1], P T 250(4)[1], P T 260(3)[1], PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
P T 395F(4)*[1], P T 395G(4)*[1] (Sem: 5)

P T 270(3)[1] or P T 270W(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
KINES 013(1) or KINES 303 GHA(3) (Sem: 1-4)
P T 280(4)[1] or P T 280W(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CAS 203(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3), or PSY 213 GS(3) (Sem: 4-5)
P T 395E(4)[1]* or P T 395W(4)[1]* (Sem: 5)
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



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