• Physical Therapist Assistant Curriculum


  • Restricted Entry
    Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

    *Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Physical Therapist Assistant page.

    The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mt. Hood Community College is two years in length, leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Coursework consists of lecture and laboratory instruction on campus, and supervised clinical experience in healthcare facilities throughout the Portland metropolitan area.  Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination and can be licensed to practice in any state. The licensed physical therapist 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:

    • Provide safe and effective entry-level physical therapy services under the general supervision of a licensed physical therapist, including plan of care review, selected interventions, tests and measures, therapeutic communication, client education, and accurate documentation
    • Adhere to all legal practice standards, values-based behaviors, and standards of ethical conduct expected of the physical therapist assistant
    • Employ critical thinking skills while making clinical decisions about the provision of physical therapy interventions in accordance with the established plan of care
    • Contribute as an integral member of the healthcare team by providing collaborative patient-centered care
    • Respond to individual and cultural considerations, needs, and values during the provision of physical therapy services
    • Demonstrate the professional values of social responsibility and advocacy through active participation in community service and professional associations

    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 mhcc.edu/PTA. 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, see mhcc.edu/PTA 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
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    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 II
    4
    16

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

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings
    2
    PTA101 Physical Therapy Interventions I
    5
    PTA101L Physical Therapy Interventions I Lab
    2
    PTA105 Introduction to Physical Therapy
    2
    PTA121 Clinical Kinesiology
    4
    15
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    PTA102 Physical Therapy Interventions II
    5
    PTA102L Physical Therapy Interventions II Lab
    2
    PTA106 Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy
    2
    PTA122 Manual Techniques
    2
    Health and Physical Education requirement
    1
    12
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    PTA103 Physical Therapy Interventions III
    5
    PTA103L Physical Therapy Interventions III Lab
    2
    PTA107 Introduction to Clinical Practice
    2
    PTA123 Tests and Measures
    2
    Health/Physical Education Requirement
    1
    12
    Fourth Quarter (Summer)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    PTA251 Clinical Applications I
    1
    PTA261 Clinical Affiliation I
    8
    9
    Fifth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    PTA201 Physical Therapy Interventions IV
    4
    PTA201L Physical Therapy Interventions IV Lab
    1
    PTA262 Clinical Affiliation II
    8
    Health and Physical Education requirement
    1
    14
    Sixth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    PTA202 Physical Therapy Interventions V
    5
    PTA202L Physical Therapy Interventions V Lab
    2
    PTA257 Quality Assurance and Physical Therapy Employment
    1
    PSY201 General Psychology
    4
    COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
    4
    16
    Seventh Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    PTA203 Physical Therapy Interventions VI
    3
    PTA203L Physical Therapy Interventions VI Lab
    1
    PTA258 Licensure and Professional Development
    1
    PTA263 Clinical Affiliation III
    8
    13
    Total Credits 1071

    1 Total credits include general education requirements included in the pre-program requirements.