The Physical Therapist Assistant AAS degree (AAS_PHTA) is offered at LSC-Montgomery and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contact thePhysical Therapist Assistant Department.
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The course of study for a physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a two-year program, leading to an associate of applied science degree. One class is accepted each year into the PTA program, which starts in the fall semester. The five-semester program includes one summer semester for a total of 67 credit hours. The program is designed to prepare skilled health care workers to perform treatment under the direction of a licensed physical therapist and includes didactic learning, skill development in the lab and clinical training. The treatments include thermal and electrical modalities, rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic exercise and patient education. Clinical facilities will require students to successfully pass a certified background check and may require a screening for drug usage. Graduates are prepared for employment as PTA's in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, school systems, home health agencies and other places physical therapy is practiced. On completion of the program, graduates must pass the FSBPT national licensing exam in order receive a license to practice through the Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. For more specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses, contact the program director or a college counselor.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the Lone Star College System (LSCS), the following are requirements that must be met in order to apply for admission to the PTA program:
It is recommended that students complete as many of the general education core courses as possible prior to application to the PTA program. BIOL 2401, Human Anatomy & Physiology I, and PTHA 1201, The Profession of Physical Therapy, must be completed with grades of "C" or better prior to application into the program. Additionally, BIOL 2401 must have been completed within the last 7 years. Applications for admission will be received during the spring semester before the program starts. Because admission to the program is competitive, the students who will be accepted are most likely to be those who score highest on the criteria established by the admissions committee which may include, but not be limited to, the following:
In order to practice as a physical therapist assistant (PTA), a person must be licensed by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. To take the PTA licensing exam, a person must be a graduate of a PTA educational program which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The PTA program at LSC-Montgomery is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
For more information, go to www.apta.org or contact:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical
Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
|ENGL||1301||Composition & Rhetoric I||3|
|PTHA||1201||The Profession of Physical Therapy||2|
|PTHA1,2,3||1225||Communication in Health Care||2|
|PTHA||1305||Basic Patient Care Skills||3|
|BIOL||2401||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BIOL||2402||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|PTHA||2201||Essentials of Data Collection||2|
|PTHA1||1260||Clinical (2 weeks)||2|
TOTAL Credit Hours for First Year:
|PHIL||2306||Introduction to Ethics||3|
|PTHA2,3||2250||Current Concepts in Physical Therapy||2|
|PTHA1||2461||Clinical (5 weeks)||4|
|PTHA1||2462||Clinical (5 weeks)||4|
|PSYC||2314||Lifespan Growth & Development||3|
|PTHA1,4||2563||Clinical (6 weeks)||5|
|PTHA2,3||2217||Issues in Health Care||2|
TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Year:
TOTAL Credit Hours for Physical Therapist AAS Degree:
Note: Students must meet TSI requirements. See LoneStar.edu/TSI for details.