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Physical Therapist Assistant
Restricted Entry
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015*

*Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Debbie VanDover: 503-491-7465 - Room AC 2769

Kristin Kjensrud: 503-491-7464- Room AC 2768

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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mt. Hood Community College is two years in length, leading to an associate degree. Coursework consists of lecture and laboratory instruction on campus, and supervised clinical experience in healthcare facilities in the Portland metropolitan area and throughout the state. Upon taking the national board examination and becoming licensed, the assistant is qualified to work in any healthcare facility which provides supervision by a licensed physical therapist. This program is not a stepping stone to Physical Therapist education. Students wishing to pursue this degree are encouraged to explore universities that offer a Physical Therapist degree.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an effective plan of care review
  • Demonstrate effective procedural interventions as established in the plan of care
  • Demonstrate effective teaching strategies
  • Demonstrate appropriate progression within the established plan of care
  • Demonstrate competency in data collection skills to measure patient status or progress
  • Demonstrate competency in documentation of patient care
  • Demonstrate effective intervention in emergencies and the maintenance of a safe working environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of healthcare literature
  • Demonstrate competence in education of others in the health care tem regarding the role of the PTA
  • Demonstrate effective resource management (human, fiscal, systems)
  • Demonstrate standards of behavior appropriate to the profession
  • Demonstrate effective communication with patients, the public and members of the health care team
  • Demonstrate health promoting behaviors and recognize opportunities to educate others about health, wellness and prevention
  • Demonstrate effective self-assessment and a willingness to engage in self-directed career development.

Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. Further information and applications can be accessed from the MHCC website at Information sessions are also offered on a regular basis. Dates and times are listed on the website. Once you have read the application materials and attended an information session, you may call 503-491-7165 if you still have questions about the admission process.

Applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant program must be physically and mentally able to cope with the rigors of the curriculum and the demanding nature of the physical therapy profession. Established academic and clinical requirements essential to the program of instruction apply to all students and cannot be waived. Attempts will be made to accommodate and retain qualified applicants with disabilities unless results of evaluations indicate that given reasonable accommodation an individual will still not be able to perform the essential functions required by the program.

Prospective students must complete pre-program courses prior to the application deadline to be considered for selection into the program.

Pre-Program Courses
BI121 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BI122 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
WR121 English Composition 4
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II1 4

Note: A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses.

Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
PTA101 Physical Therapy Interventions 1 5
PTA101L Physical Therapy Interventions 1 Lab 2
PTA105 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PTA121 Clinical Kinesiology 3
AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings 2
Second Quarter (Winter)
PTA102 Physical Therapy Interventions 2 5
PTA102L Physical Therapy Interventions 2 Lab 2
PTA106 Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy 2
PTA122 Manual Techniques 2
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 1
Third Quarter (Spring)
PTA103 Physical Therapy Interventions 3 5
PTA103L Physical Therapy Interventions 3 Lab 2
PTA107 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2
PTA123 Tests and Measures 2
  Health/Physical Education Requirement‡ 1
Fourth Quarter (Summer)
PTA251 Clinical Applications I 1
PTA261 Clinical Affiliation I 8
Fifth Quarter (Fall)
PTA201 Physical Therapy Interventions 4 4
PTA201L Physical Therapy Interventions 4 Lab 1
PTA262 Clinical Affiliation II 8
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 1
Sixth Quarter (Winter)
PTA202 Physical Therapy Interventions 5 5
PTA202L Physical Therapy Interventions 5 Lab 2
PTA257 Quality Assurance and Physical Therapy Employment 1
PSY201 General Psychology 4
SP115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 3
Seventh Quarter (Spring)
PTA203 Physical Therapy Interventions 6 3
PTA203L Physical Therapy Interventions 6 Lab 1
PTA258 Licensure and Professional Development 1
PTA263 Clinical Affiliation III
 Total Credits 97

1 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree page 20 of the printed catalog.

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