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Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.


Special Admission Requirements - Program Application Deadline: March 15*

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S. (code: AAS.PTA.PTA)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 70 credit hours.

Purpose: Prepares students to provide physical therapy services according to the plan of care developed by the physical therapist. The physical therapist assistant (PTA) administers direct patient care; teaches patients, families and other health care providers how to perform selected interventions; and provides desired psychosocial support to patients and their families. Physical therapist assistants are employed primarily in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, extended-care facilities and home health care settings. Graduates are eligible to take the National Licensing Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants. The CACHE Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website www.capteonline.org

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is administered by the Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education (CACHE). Members of the consortium include Anne Arundel, Chesapeake College and the College of Southern Maryland. Students will complete their professional training at Anne Arundel Community College and their clinical practice rotations at local service areas when possible. Distance learning will be used as appropriate.

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310.

Range of Occupations

  • Physical therapist assistant (PTA)

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

*If application deadline falls on a weekend, then applications will be accepted until the close of business on the next business day.

 

Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.

 

Entrance/Admission Requirements


Admission Requirements


  1. Attendance at a program information session is strongly recommended. Call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed. For online schedule, go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions.
  2. Submit a completed program application by the application deadline.
  3. Official high school transcript or official GED equivalency certificate to verify high school graduation, GED, and SAT/ACT scores if applicable OR official transcript verifying an associate’s degree or higher from a nationally recognized institution. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Health Sciences Admissions/Advisement Office, FLRS 100, by May 1. You will not be selected if requirement is not met by the specified deadline.
  4. United States high school general chemistry (1 credit), CHE 011  (non-credit), or a college-level chemistry (CHE 111  or CHE 103 ) with a grade of C or better. If home schooled, the high school curriculum must be under a recognized umbrella organization with the supervision of a state-approved curriculum. AACC may require a course syllabus so that our chemistry department chair can review and approve the curriculum.
  5. Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .
  6. Eligibility for MAT 141 .
  7. Foreign educated students: must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org or WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org.
  8. Foreign educated students: must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112  or ENG 115 /ENG 116  or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
  9. Satisfactory completion of criminal background check.
  10. Submission of completed health examination record.
  11. Submission of current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certification card.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant course sequence each fall as the number of students permit. Applications received by deadline will be assured consideration based on space availability. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be available after Dec. 1 in the Health Sciences office, Florestano Building Room 100 and on the college website. To be considered for conditional acceptance applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • First consideration will be given to candidates whose resident address is in Anne Arundel County for at least three months prior to the application deadline date.
  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Final selection for the Physical Therapist Assistant course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the PTA department admission requirements available on the program website and at program information sessions.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a health examination record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.

CPR

Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course by designated deadline.

Readmission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Course Sequence

Students who leave or are dismissed from the Physical Therapist Assistant course sequence may address a written petition to the Physical Therapist Assistant program director for readmission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Readmission cannot be assured and is based on space available.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening


This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements


Degree Requirements


A grade of C or better in each physical therapist assistant and general education course is required to progress in the program. Students are expected to practice selected procedures on each other in the college laboratory.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses


AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

  Click Here to View, Save or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses and Admissions Requirements     

 

Physical Therapist Assistant Course Sequence


All general education and physical therapist assistant courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and completed no later than what is listed in the required course sequence.

Program Requirements


Total credit hours: 16


First Year - Spring Term


Total credit hours: 16


Total credit hours: 11


Arts and humanities: 3 credits


See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Total credit hours: 15


Total credit hours: 12


Additional Requirements


Computer Competency Requirement

Completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program satisfies the college’s diversity and computer competency requirements.

Diversity Requirement

Completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program satisfies the college’s diversity and computer competency requirements.

 

Program Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Assist a physical therapist in the delivery of selected interventions in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, consistent with the standards of practice of the profession.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to perform data collection, conduct tests and measures, and implement selected interventions, within the plan of care developed by the physical therapist.
  • Teach patients, families and other health care providers selected treatment interventions and participate in discharge planning under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
  • Provide psychosocial support to patients and families.
  • Utilize effective communication skills when interacting with patients, families and other health care providers.
  • Be prepared to take the National Licensure Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities


Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings


Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements


Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer.

Notice to Students


Anne Arundel Community College is one of three Maryland community colleges which have formed a special consortium. The Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education (CACHE) includes Anne Arundel, Chesapeake College and the College of Southern Maryland.