|FIRST SEMESTER||CREDIT HOURS|
|BIO213||Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|PSY101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PTS105||Self-Paced Medical Terminology for PTAs||1|
|PTS107||Introduction to Kinesiology for the PTA||2|
|PTS111||Physical Therapy I||4|
|BIO214||Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|COM104||Introduction to Communication||3|
|PTS112||Physical Therapy II||4|
|PTS117||Kinesiology for the PTA||3|
|PTS120||PTA Clinical Education I||4|
|PTS211||Physical Therapy III||4|
|PTS218||PTA Clinical Education II||6|
|PTS220||PTA Clinical Education III||6|
|TOTAL CREDITS FOR AAS||67|
All non-physical therapy courses required for the physical therapist assistant program must be completed prior to the spring semester of the second year in order to participate in Clinical Education II (PTS218). General education courses supportive to the Program may be taken prior to or concurrently with technical (PTS) courses. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” and/or “Pass” in all required general education and technical (PTS) courses in order to progress through the curriculum.
Clinical education centers are statewide. Students may be assigned to a clinical education center that requires the student to commute a distance from home or assume a temporary residence near the center.
A criminal background check is required while enrolled in the Program, and as a condition of employment in the field; health care facilities may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon a prior or current criminal offense.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Students who have been accepted must:
- Obtain a short white lab coat, KVCC/SPTA name pin, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, watch with a sweep second hand, a gait belt, and goniometer.
- Hold current Basic Life Support certification (CPR for the Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer from the American Red Cross).
- Provide proof of immunization against diphtheria and tetanus; provide proof of titers (with results) for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and Hepatitis B (series and titer) and a negative test for tuberculosis.
- Agree to work with an outside agency to collect, document, and track criminal background checks as required by the PTA program. Each student is responsible for the cost of this service.
- Have Internet access for online/Blackboard enhanced courses and/or discussions.
- Assume responsibility for transportation and/or other living costs to and from clinical sites.
CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION
Students must complete 67 credits in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, achieve a minimum grade of "C," or as applicable "PASS" criteria, in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.00 or higher. Most states, including Maine, require licensure to practice as a physical therapist assistant. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Physical Therapist Assistant Licensing Examination.