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Physical Therapist Assistant (Limited Access Program), A.S. Degree

Program Information

A.S. Degree - Code 2116/2216 - Catalog 2017/2018

Robert Wagner, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3752, Robert.Wagner@daytonastate.edu

Maggie Muszka, Administrative Assistant, 386-506-3080, Magdolna.Muszka@daytonastate.edu

Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor, 386-506-3052, Melissa.Brown@daytonastate.edu

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes

Mission:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program promotes the ideals of the Daytona State College Mission Statement of emphasizing student success, embracing excellence and diversity, as well as fostering innovation to enhance teaching and learning. Each student in the PTA Program will receive academic and clinical experiences to provide them with a professional foundation to become an effective, responsible, licensed and contributing team member in Physical Therapy.

Description:

The program prepares graduates to work in physical therapy. Physical Therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that provides services to individuals of all ages with physical dysfunction including those suffering from strokes, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, serious burns, neurological and orthopedic disorders. The profession tailors the rehabilitation process individually for each patient and through evaluation and treatment, seeks to restore or improve impaired functions. Physical therapy strives to help patients attain a maximum level of independent living by developing the capacities that remain after disease, accident or deformity. Job title: Physical Therapist Assistant. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Graduates, upon completion of the program, apply for state licensure.

Program Accreditation: This program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) - 1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. (703) 706-3245. email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org/.

College Accreditation: Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.

Outcomes:

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Integrate scientific principles which form the foundation of physical therapy into clinical practice.
  2. Differentiate the normal vs. abnormal states of physiology that are observed and/or treated in the clinical setting.
  3. Describe his/her role and responsibilities to the patient, the physician, the physical therapist and other members of the health care team.
  4. Perform interventions, under the supervision of the physical therapist, consistent with evidenced-based physical therapy practice safely, effectively and efficiently.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the physical therapy literature in pursuit of life long learning.
  6. Value active participation in the American Physical Therapy Association, the Florida Chapter and East Central District as means of professional development.

Note: This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state bright futures.

Approximate Additional Costs

Lab Fees (including liability insurance): $155
Textbooks: $1,000
Uniforms: $100
Laboratory Supplies: $100
Licensure Fees: $755
FDLE/FBI Background Screening: $180

Additional Admission Requirements

  • This is a limited access program. Continuing enrollment approval will be required to enroll in the program specific courses based on a selection process after completing the General Education classes required. 
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better is required before submitting a request for continuing enrollment: BSC1085C (Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab), ENC1101 (Introduction to Composition), PHT1006 (Introduction to Physical Therapy), and MAC1105 (College Algebra) or MGF2106 (Survey in Mathematics) or MGF2107 (Mathematics for Liberal Arts).
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better to apply for continuing enrollment. 
  • Complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation with a licensed Physical Therapist or P.T.A. (Physical Therapist Assistant) evenly distributed between at least 2 different types of physical therapy settings - outpatient, inpatient, and long-term care. Some facilities may require a background check. 
  • Submit the completed application for continuing enrollment to the School of Health Careers.
  • Program starts annually in January; applications are only submitted during the month of September. 
  • Student selection for continuing enrollment will be based on a point system. Applicants considered for continuing enrollment will be contacted for an interview. Applicants for continuing enrollment that have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and have successfully completed all prerequisite and all corequisites by the application deadline will be ranked higher for program consideration. 
  • Applicants starting in a Florida Public high school in 2003 or after and graduating from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma and active duty military are exempt from any placement testing. Those applicants that have successfully completed college level English and/or Math may be exempt from placement testing. All other applicants are required to take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) and be at the 10th grade level for reading, language and arithmetic.
  • Attendance at a program information session is required. Dates will be announced.
  • Admissions into the program will be contingent on the satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and a background check consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). A second screening will be required in the third semester of the program. 
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification for health care providers to include adults, infants, children, and AED affiliated with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • Program corequisites and Physical Therapist Assistant courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
  • Completion of health screening to include: recent physical examination; verification of immunization against tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and Hepatitis 'B'; and PPD test for tuberculosis (or chest X-ray if indicated) is required prior to enrolling in program.
  • Students will be held accountable for the policies and procedures of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program as outlined in the PTA student handbook, as well as the College Student handbook.

General Education Courses

General Education Core - 20 Credits

Communication Core (3 credits)

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

Mathematics Core (3 credits)

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

OR

MAC1105College Algebra

3

Natural Sciences Core (8 credits)

BSC1085CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

BSC1086CHuman Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab

4

Humanities Core (3 credits)

Choose One Course

ARH1000Art Appreciation

3

MUL1010Music Appreciation

3

HUM2020Introduction to Humanities

3

LIT2000Literature and Culture

3

PHI2010Introduction of Philosophy

3

THE1000Theatre Appreciation

3

Social Sciences Core (3 credits)

PSY1012General Psychology

3

Note: Prior to enrollment in college-level English or math courses, some students may be advised to complete college preparatory/developmental course work. See an Academic Advisor to determine developmental course requirements.

Program Specific Courses

PHT1006Introduction to Physical Therapy

3

PHT1128Kinesiology of PTA

4

PHT1251Patient Care Skills

2

PHT1251LPatient Care Skills Lab

2

PHT1300Pathology for PTA

4

PHT2129Neuroscience for PTA

2

PHT2140Rehabilitation Skills for PTA

3

PHT2140LRehabilitation Skills Lab

1

PHT2211Modalities I

2

PHT2211LModalities I Lab

1

PHT2214Modalities II

1

PHT2214LModalities II Lab

1

PHT2220Therapeutic Exercise I

3

PHT2220LTherapeutic Exercise I Lab

2

PHT2221Therapeutic Exercise II

4

PHT2221LTherapeutic Exercise II Lab

2

PHT2235Therapeutic Exercise III

4

PHT2235LTherapeutic Exercise III Lab

2

PHT2804PTA Clinical Practicum I

3

PHT2810PTA Clinical Practicum II

2

PHT2820PTA Clinical Practicum III

3

PHT2931PTA Seminar

3

PHT1006 fulfills the graduation requirement for the basic use of computers for this program.

PHT1251 fulfills the graduation requirement for Oral Communications for this program.

Sample Program of Study

Prerequisite Courses

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

 

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

OR

MAC1105College Algebra

3

 

PHT1006Introduction to Physical Therapy

3

BSC1085CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

PHT1006 fulfills the graduation requirement for the basic use of computers for this program.

Year 1

1st Semester (Pro. Phase) Spring

BSC1086CHuman Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab

4

PHT1128Kinesiology of PTA

4

PHT1251Patient Care Skills

2

PHT1251LPatient Care Skills Lab

2

PHT2220Therapeutic Exercise I

3

PHT2220LTherapeutic Exercise I Lab

2

PHT1251 fulfills the graduation requirement for Oral Communications for this program.

2nd Semester - Summer

PSY1012General Psychology

3

PHT2211Modalities I

2

PHT2211LModalities I Lab

1

PHT2221Therapeutic Exercise II

4

PHT2221LTherapeutic Exercise II Lab

2

PHT2129Neuroscience for PTA

2

Year 2

1st Semester - Fall

PHT2804PTA Clinical Practicum I

3

PHT1300Pathology for PTA

4

PHT2214Modalities II

1

PHT2214LModalities II Lab

1

PHT2235Therapeutic Exercise III

4

PHT2235LTherapeutic Exercise III Lab

2

2nd Semester - Spring

Humanities Core

3

PHT2140Rehabilitation Skills for PTA

3

PHT2140LRehabilitation Skills Lab

1

PHT2810PTA Clinical Practicum II

2

PHT2820PTA Clinical Practicum III

3

PHT2931PTA Seminar

3

Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.

Total Credit Hours: 74