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Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S.

Physical Therapist Assistant  A.A.S. (TP/SS)

Revised: Effective Semester -  Spring 2013

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
PY 102 General Psychology (BSSD) 3
BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSLD) 4
Program Requirements
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing † 3
BI 107 Principles of Biology I † † (4)
PT 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PT 102 Basic Health Skills for the Physical Therapist Assistant
PT 103 Therapeutic Procedures I 3
PT 104 Surface Anatomy, Palpation, and Massage 2
PT 105 Kinesiology I 2
PT 106 Kinesiology II 2
PT 112 Pathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PT 113 Seminar I 1
PT 114 Seminar II 1
PT 116 Measure and Interventions for Clinical Problems I 2
PT 201 Medical Reporting for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PT 204 Neurophysiology and Motor Learning 2
PT 205 Seminar III 1
PT 206 Measures and Interventions for Clinical Problems II 3
PT 215 Seminar IV 1
PT 216 Measures and Interventions for Clinical Problems III 2
PT 220 Therapeutic Procedures II - Special Populations 2
PT 223 Clinical Practicum I 5
PT 224 Clinical Practicum II 7
Total credit hours 63-70


†  EN 101, if needed for EN 102/109

† †  BI 107, if needed for BI 204

Program Outcomes for the Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. 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.
  • Design 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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