Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Program Details

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (BSPTA) degree is intended for physical therapist assistants (PTAs) seeking a baccalaureate degree completion program. The mission of the BSPTA program is to provide advanced foundational, technical, and evidence-based knowledge necessary to progress skills, enhance professionalism, and apply critical thinking beyond the associate degree level for PTAs. The BSPTA program follows a philosophy that an upwardly transitioning education for PTAs better meets graduate, employer, and societal needs.
 

What are the Prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Program?

  • Graduation from a PTA program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),
  • Possession of a high school diploma or recognized equivalency, and
  • Completion of a total of 66 semester credits of specific coursework at the postsecondary level, including 15 general education, 39 PTA technical and 12 related credits.

Program Requirements

How Long is the Program?

Program Length: Approximately 15 months

Is the Program Available Online?

All classes are taught 100% online, allowing you to balance school, career and personal commitments.

Curriculum: What Classes Do I Need to Take to Earn a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant?

Here are just a few classes you will take during the BSPTA program:
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health Care Law and Compliance
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Practice Specific Rehabilitation


Program Outline
    Theory Lab Extern Credits
Transfer of Credit (15 general education, 39 PTA, & 12 related credits) - - - 66.0
Transfer Totals - - - 66.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
ENG 310 Technical Writing 45 - - 3.0
CPT 301 Microcomputer Applications 45 - - 3.0
CHM 300 Chemistry 30 30 - 3.0
SOC 325 Culture and Human Diversity 45 - - 3.0
Semester I Total 165 30 - 12.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
BUS 220 Health Care Management 45 - - 3.0
MTH 311 Research Methods 45 - - 3.0
PTA 315 Exercise Physiology 45 30 - 4.0
PTA 350 Evidence-based Practice for
the PTA
60 - - 4.0
Semester II Total 195 30 - 14.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
PHI 301 Critical Thinking 45 - - 3.0
PTA 375 Patient Communication,
Motivation, and Learning
45 - - 3.0
PTA 415 Inpatient Care Practice or 60 - - 4.0
PTA 420 Outpatient Care Practice
HLT 360 Pharmacology for Rehab Clinicians 45 - - 3.0
Semester III Total 195 - - 13.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
HLT 410 Pathophysiology 45 - - 3.0
PTA 435 Clinical Kinesiology 60 - - 4.0
PTA 460 Practice Specific
Rehabilitation
60 - - 4.0
PTA 490 Professional Capstone 60 - - 4.0
Semester IV Total 225 - - 15.0
Semesters I, II, III & IV Totals 780 60 0 54.0
Program Totals - - - 120.0
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