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Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate Degree

Program Code: 105241

Physical therapist assistants assist the physical therapist in the provision of physical therapy, perform physical therapy interventions and related tasks, carry out operational functions, make modifications within the scope of the established plan of care, and perform documentation and assessments. The state of Wisconsin requires a license to practice as a physical therapist assistant. As a graduate of this associate degree program, you are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The State of Wisconsin does require a license to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Physical Therapist Assistant: assists the physical therapist in the provision of physical therapy, performs physical therapy interventions and related tasks, carries out operational functions, makes modifications within the scope of the established plan of care, performs documentation and assessments under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the Physical Therapist Assistant Examination through the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Admissions Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment taken with the last five years. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)
• Two semesters High School, or one semester in College of Algebra, course grade must be completed with a "C" or better, and Chemistry (with a lab component), course grade must be completed with a "B" or better.
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 90; Reading Comprehension, 90; Sentence Skills, 95; Algebra, 65. ACT benchmarks are Math, 18; Reading, 21; English, 21. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Upon successful completion of the Academic Skills Assessment, students will take the Health Educations Systems Inc. (HESI) A2 Exam. The HESI can only be taken after students have met the required program benchmarks as stated above. Test topics include Math, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Reading. To learn more about these assessment scores, please contact an admissions specialist at (920) 498-7159 or (888) 385-6982
• Attend mandatory spring registration session and fall Welcome Week.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• Complete 16 hours of mandatory job shadow time within rehab settings.
• Complete a Functional Abilities Inventory.

Suggested Skills for Success

Students are expected to have entry-level computer skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer skills coursework if deficient in this area.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-524-139
PTA Patient Interventions
4
10-524-139 PTA PATIENT INTERVENTIONS...an introduction to basic skills and physical therapy interventions performed by the physical therapist assistant. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-524-140
PTA Professional Issues 1
2
10-524-140 PTA PROFESSIONAL ISSUES 1...introduces the history and development of the physical therapy program, legal and ethical issues, the interdisciplinary health care team, and professional communication skills. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-524-156
PTA Applied Kinesiology 1
4
10-524-156 PTA APPLIED KINESIOLOGY 1 ...introduces basic principles of musculoskeletal anatomy, kinematics, and clinical assessment. Students locate and identify muscles, joints, and other landmarks of the lower quadrant in addition to assessing range of motion and strength. Integrates analysis of gait. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-806-177
Gen Anatomy & Physiology
4
10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent AND 10-806-134, Gen Chem or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER
10-524-142
PTA Therapeutic Exercise
3
10-524-142 PTA THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE...provides instruction on the implementation of a variety of therapeutic exercise principles. Learners implement, educate, adapt, and assess responses to therapeutic exercises. (Prerequisites: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology; 10-524-156, PTA Applied Kinesiology 1; 10-546-140, PTA Professional Issues 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-524-143
PTA Therapeutic Modalities
4
10-524-143 PTA THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES...develops the knowledge and technical skills necessary to perform numerous therapeutic modalities likely to be utilized as a PTA. (Prerequisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program; 10-524-139, PTA Patient Interventions; 10-524-140, PTA Professional Issues 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-524-157
PTA Applied Kinesiology 2
3
10-524-157 PTA APPLIED KINESIOLOGY 2 ...applies basic principles from PTA Kinesiology 1 to the axial skeleton and upper quadrant including location and identification of muscles, joints and other landmarks. Assess range of motion and strength of the axial skeleton and upper quadrant. Integrates analysis of posture. (Prerequisites: 10-524-156, PTA Applied Kinesiology 1; 10-524-140, PTA Professional Issues 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-809-196
Intro to Sociology
3
10-809-196 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-524-105
PTA-Pathology Concepts
3
10-524-105 PTA-PATHOLOGY CONCEPTS...develops a working knowledge of pathologic processes by examining the most common disorders associated with various systems of the body. Emphasis is placed on pathogenesis, etiology and recognition of signs and symptoms. Course Typically Offered: Summer
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
9
THIRD SEMESTER
10-524-144
PTA Princ of Neuro Rehab
4
10-524-144 PTA PRINCIPLES OF NEUROMUSCULAR REHAB...integrates concepts of neuromuscular pathologies, physical therapy interventions, and data collection in patient treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-524-142, PTA Therapeutic Exercise; 10-524-157, PTA Applied Kinesiology 2; 10-524-139, PTA Patient Interventions) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-524-145
PTA Princ of Musculo Rehab
4
10-524-145 PTA MUSCULO REHAB...integrates concepts of musculoskeletal pathologies, physical therapy interventions, and data collection in patient treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-524-142, PTA Therapeutic Exercise; 10-524-157, PTA Applied Kinesiology 2; 10-524-139, PTA Patient Interventions) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-524-146
PTA Cardio & Integ Mgmt
3
10-524-146 PTA MANAGEMENT OF CARDIOPULMONARY & INTEGUMENTARY CONDITIONS...integrates concepts of cardiopulmonary and integumentary pathologies, physical therapy interventions, and data collection in patient treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-524-139 PTA Patient Interventions; 10-524-142 PTA Therapeutic Exercise; 10-524-157 PTA Applied Kinesiology 2) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-809-188
Developmental Psychology
3
10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-524-147
PTA Clinical Practice 1
2
10-524-147 PTA CLINICAL PRACTICE 1...provides a part-time clinical experience to apply foundational elements, knowledge, and technical skills pertinent to physical therapy practice. (Prerequisites: 10-524-144 PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehab; 10-524-145 PTA Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehab; 10-524-146 PTA Management of Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Conditions, Corequisites: 10-524-148 PTA Clinical Practice 2, 10-524-151 PTA Clinical Practice 3) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-524-148
PTA Clinical Practice 2
3
10-524-148 PTA CLINICAL PRACTICE 2...provides another part-time clinical experience to apply foundational elements, knowledge, and technical skills required of the entry level physical therapist assistant in various practice settings. (Corequisite: 10-524-147, PTA Clinical Practice 1, 10-524-151 PTA Clinical Practice 3) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-524-149
PTA Rehab Across the Lifespan
2
10-524-149 PTA REHABILITATION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN...a capstone course that integrates concepts of pathology, physical therapy interventions and data collection across the lifespan. The PTA's role in health, and physical therapy interventions for special patient populations. (Prerequisites: 10-524-144, PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehab; 10-524-145, PTA Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehab; 10-524-146, PTA Management of Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Conditions; Corequisite: 10-524-148, PTA Clinical Practice 2) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-524-150
PTA Professional Issues 2
2
10-524-150 PTA PROFESSIONAL ISSUES 2...incorporates professional development, advanced legal and ethical issues, healthcare management and administration, and further development of professional communication strategies. (Prerequisite: 10-524-140, PTA Professional Issues 1; Corequisite: 10-524-148, PTA Clinical Practice 2) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-524-151
PTA Clinical Practice 3
5
10-524-151 PTA CLINICAL PRACTICE 3...provides a full-time clinical experience to apply foundational elements, knowledge, and technical skills required of the entry level physical therapist assistant in various practice settings. (Prerequisites: 10-524-144, PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehab; 10-524-145, PTA Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehab; 10-524-146, PTA Management of Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Conditions; Corequisites: 10-524-147, PTA Clinical Practice 1; 10-524-148, PTA Clinical Practice 2) Course Typically Offered: Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
TOTAL CREDITS
71
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-524-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
. Students must earn a "B" or higher in General Anatomy & Physiology. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "B" in this course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

• Demonstrate clear and collaborative communication with patients, families, and health care team.
• Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect respect and sensitivity according to physical therapy practice standards.
• Function under the supervision of a physical therapist in a safe, legal, ethical manner to ensure the safety of patients, self, and others throughout the clinical interaction.
• Produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
• Demonstrate critical thinking skills to implement and modify treatment within a plan of care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
• Perform data collection essential for carrying out the plan of care under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
• Perform technically competent, evidence-based physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
• Educate patients, families, and other health providers.
• Integrate components of operational and fiscal practices of physical therapy service in a variety of settings.
• Implement a self-directed plan for career development, credentialing, and lifelong learning.

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Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: 703-706-3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org

Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to purchase a uniform, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances and participate in weekend rotations.
• Students are required to complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
• Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.
• Students may be required to complete drug testing and/or finger printing by clinical agencies.

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the Physical Therapist Assistant Examination through the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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