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2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant AAS - Academic Plan

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A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a health care provider working under the direction of a Physical Therapist. The PTA is involved in the treatment of individuals with muscular, skeletal, cardiopulmonary and nervous system disorders. The PTA may also be involved in injury prevention or programs specifically targeted toward individual or group wellness. The PTA is able to provide physical therapy services as specified in a care plan developed by a Physical Therapist. Treatment program implementation may include: therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, activities of daily living and administration of physical agents such as heat and cold.

The PTA program at Arapahoe Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 1000, Alexandria, VA 22305-3095; 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 303-797-5897 or email pta@arapahoe.edu. 

The program is five semesters in length that includes one summer semester. Upon successful completion, the graduate is awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Course Availability

Total Credits = 75

Required Courses - General Education Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Availalbe Spring? Course Available Summer?

BIO 2101  - Human Anatomy and Physiology GT SCI OR

BIO 1004  - Biology: A Human Approach*




Yes Yes Yes

COM 1150  - Public Speaking* OR

COM 1250  - Interpersonal Communication

3 No Yes Yes Yes
ENG 1021  - English Composition I: GT-CO1* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes

HPR 1038  - Introduction to Medical Terminology OR

HPR 1040  - Comprehensive Medical Terminology

1-3 No Yes Yes Yes
PSY 1001  - General Psychology I: GT-SS3* 3 No Yes Yes Yes
PSY 2440  - Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes


Required Courses - Major Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
HPR 1017  - Anatomical Kinesiology 3 Yes Yes Yes No
PTA 1010  - Basic Patient Care in Physical Therapy 5 Yes Yes Yes No
PTA 1015  - Principles and Practices of Physical Therapy 2 No Yes Yes No
PTA 1017  - Anatomical Kinesiology Lab 2 Yes Yes Yes No
PTA 1020  - Modalities in Physical Therapy 5 Yes No Yes No
PTA 1024  - Rehab Principles of Medical I* 2 No Yes No No
PTA 1031  - Professional Communications I 1 No Yes Yes No
PTA 1034  - Rehab Principles of Medical II* 2 No No Yes No
PTA 1035  - Principles of Electrical Stimulation 2 Yes No Yes No
PTA 1040  - Clinical Kinesiology 5 Yes No Yes No
PTA 1041  - Professional Communications II 1 Yes No Yes No
PTA 2005  - Psychosocial Issues in Health Care* 2 No No Yes No
PTA 2030  - Orthopedic Assessment and Management Techniques 5 Yes Yes No No
PTA 2040  - Neurological Assessment and Management 5 Yes No Yes No
PTA 2078  - PTA Seminar 2 No No Yes No
PTA 2080  - Internship I 4 Yes No No Yes
PTA 2081  - PTA Internship II 5 Yes Yes No Yes
PTA 2082  - PTA Internship III 5 Yes Yes Yes No


Program Outcomes

  • Collect, document, analyze, and report data to supervising PT.
  • Perform basic physical therapy interventions.
  • Demonstrate adherence to legal and ethical policies and procedures.

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time)


  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • AAA 1001  – College 101: Student Experience is required for all new college students seeking degrees or transfer.
  • BIO 1004  or BIO 2101 , HPR 1038  and ENG 1021  must be completed prior to final admission into PTA program; is a prerequisite for all PTA coursework.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • In order to meet college requirements, students registered for ENG 1021  or ENG 1031  must also register for ENG 0094  unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094  standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent High School coursework. See an Advisor for details.
  • Information sessions are offered by the physical therapist assistant department, but are not required.
  • Recommended courses may be listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5664) for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 2022/2023 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree.
  • Students planning to transfer the speech credit to another school should take COM 1150 .
  • The AAS-Physical Therapist Assistant program at ACC is a full-time program.

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