Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS
A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is licensed to practice physical therapy under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT). They perform hands-on treatments for people who need to recover from injuries to the bones and joints, brain and nerves, problems with pain, developmental complications, and other movement problems. Their main purpose is to assist people with reaching their maximum level of health and function. They help people to recover their ability to walk, to heal from wounds, and to learn to work and live with the effects of injuries and other health problems. Physical therapists (PTs) are responsible for evaluating and treating people who need physical therapy care. They identify problems that physical therapy can address, create goals, and decide what treatment the person will receive. PTAs usually work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, schools, home health – actually, anywhere that physical therapists work. They only work with physical therapists – this is exclusive and required by professional ethics, codes of conduct, and by law.
Utah Tech Physical Therapist Assistant program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), a required step toward receiving a physical therapist assistant license. The NPTE is administered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), whose mission is to protect the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice.
Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements
The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.
Licensure boards in each state establish requirements for licensure and certification for their respective state. States vary by which professions are required to be licensed and how licensure functions, and such requirements may change at any time. The terms related to licensure and certification, among others, also vary by state as well.
Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program.
Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.
This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Utah Tech State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
To be considered for admission to the PTA program, an applicant must first be accepted as a Utah Tech State University student. Then, the applicant must complete a separate application to the PTA program.
Application information, including deadlines. Each cohort is limited to 16 students; therefore, admission is competitive. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Students are accepted into a “cohort” – a group of students who start the program at the same time, enroll and complete the same program courses, perform clinical education at the same time, and graduate together as a group. The program cannot be taken part-time; it is a full time commitment. Admission requirements include:
- Be admitted to Utah Tech State University
- Minimum GPA of 2.7 in prerequisite courses (no grade below “C”):
Course List Code Title Hours PTA 1010 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2 BIOL 2320
& BIOL 2325
and Human Anatomy Lab
5 BIOL 2420
& BIOL 2425
and Human Physiology Lab
4 HLOC 1000 Medical Terminology 2
Minimum “C” grade in each required General Education course
Observation or work experience (16 hours minimum)
Official college transcripts
Upon conditional acceptance:
Criminal background check
Once an applicant is accepted into the program but before enrollment, additional health requirements, including selected immunizations, CPR certification, and drug screening, will be required.
|General Education Requirements (can be completed before or during the PTA program)|
|ENGL 1010||Introduction to Writing (EN)||3|
|or ENGL 1010D||Introduction to Writing (EN)|
|ENGL 2010||Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)||3|
|MATH 1040||Introduction to Statistics (MA) (preferred)||3-4|
|or MATH 1030||Quantitative Reasoning (MA)|
|or MATH 1050||College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)|
|FSHD 1500||Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)||3|
|or PSY 1100||Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)|
|COMM 2110||Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)||3|
& BIOL 2325
and Human Anatomy Lab
& BIOL 2425
and Human Physiology Lab
|HLOC 1000||Medical Terminology||2|
|PTA 1010||Introduction to Physical Therapy||2|
|Discipline Core Requirements|
|PTA 2011||Kinesiology Lab||2|
|PTA 2110||Fundamentals Physical Therapy||2|
|PTA 2111||Fundamentals Physical Therapy Lab||2|
|PTA 2400||Clinical Pathology||3|
|PTA 2000||Practice Issues||2|
|PTA 2200||Physical Agents||2|
|PTA 2201||Physical Agents Lab||2|
|PTA 2210||Observation & Measurement||2|
|PTA 2211||Observation & Measurement Lab||2|
|PTA 2300||Orthopedic Rehabilitation||2|
|PTA 2301||Orthopedic Rehabilitation Lab||2|
|PTA 2605||Clinical Practicum (ALPP)||4|
|PTA 2410||Special Clientele||2|
|PTA 2411||Special Clientele Lab||1|
|PTA 2520||Neuromuscular Rehabilitation||2|
|PTA 2521||Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Lab||2|
|PTA 3000||Clinical Skills||2|
|PTA 2705||Clinical Affiliation I (ALPP)||6|
|PTA 2805||Clinical Affiliation II (ALPP)||6|
- Complete a minimum of 82 college-level credits (1000 and above).
- Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
- Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
- Minimum 2.7 GPA in Program Prerequisite courses.
- Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75 in Discipline Core Requirement courses.