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Physical Therapist Assistant AAS

Physical Therapist Assistant  AAS (TP/SS)

Students who plan to major in physical therapist assistant will be assigned the temporary major of pre-physical therapist assistant, with POS code 580, until they are officially admitted to the physical therapist assistant program. Students may take preparatory courses and courses that fulfill general education requirements during the waiting period. As an alternative to being assigned a temporary major, students waiting for admission to the physical therapist assistant program may choose to major in general studies or any other open-admission program. The Office of Records and Admissions at Takoma Park/Silver Spring will assign a matriculated code once students are admitted to the physical therapist assistant program.

The program provides a foundation for graduates to become highly skilled in providing patient services using physical therapy techniques under the supervision and direction of a licensed physical therapist in clinics, hospitals, and many other health care settings.

This is a selective program with specific admissions requirements. For additional information, contact the Office of Records and Admissions at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 240-567-1501, or the program department.

Thirty to forty hours of volunteer experience in a physical therapy setting and completion of BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I are recommended before entering the program. It is advised that students not hold full-time jobs during enrollment in the program because physical therapist assistant students are required to attend full-time clinical practicum experiences and professional activities.

Each physical therapy course adds to material offered in previous courses. Students in this curriculum are expected to achieve a grade of C or better in each course in the curriculum. Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate will receive the A.A.S. and will be eligible to take the National Licensing Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants.

A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows; part-time students should consult an adviser.


General Education and Other Requirements 
Foundation Courses    
English foundation 3
Mathematics foundation 3
Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
Arts or humanities distribution 3
PSYC 102 General Psychology (BSSD) 3
BIOL 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSLD)* 4
Program Requirements
BIOL 150 Principles of Biology I * 4
ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing †3
PHTH 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PHTH 102 Basic Health Skills for the Physical Therapist Assistant
PHTH 103
Therapeutic Procedures I 3
PHTH  104 Surface Anatomy, Palpation, and Massage 2
PHTH  105 Kinesiology I 2
PHTH  106 Kinesiology II 2
PHTH  112 Pathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PHTH  113 Seminar I 1
PHTH  114 Seminar II 1
PHTH  116 Measure and Interventions for Clinical Problems I 2
PHTH  201 Medical Reporting for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PHTH  204 Neurophysiology and Motor Learning 2
PHTH  205 Seminar III 1
PHTH 206 Measures and Interventions for Clinical Problems II 3
PHTH 215 Seminar IV 1
PHTH 216 Measures and Interventions for Clinical Problems III 2
PHTH 220 Therapeutic Procedures II  2
PHTH 223 Clinical Practicum I 5
PHTH 224 Clinical Practicum II 7
Total credit hours 70
* BIOL 150, if needed for BIOL 212

†  ENGL 101, if needed for ENGL 102/103

Program Outcomes for the Physical Therapist Assistant AAS Degree

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the entry-level knowledge, clinical skills, and professional abilities of a physical therapist assistant.
  • Deliver competent patient care under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist, in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner in a variety of health care settings.
  • Manage an effective transition from the educational program to a career as a licensed physical therapist assistant.


Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements.

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