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College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024

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Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

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Offered at Main Campus

This 21-month (seven-term) program prepares the student to be a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). The PTA is a health care worker who assists the Physical Therapist. PTAs administer treatments to patients working under the supervision of and as an assistant to a physical therapist. Treatments may include administering active and passive manual exercises and modalities such as massage, heat, light, ultrasound and electrical stimulation to patients with relatively stable conditions. Other duties include assisting patients in improving their function, collecting data on patient progress and documenting treatment.

To apply, complete an IHCC application and submit high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma scores and take one of the following:  ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER test. Testing may be scheduled by calling the IHCC Testing Center at (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5142.  Following acceptance, applicants are required to complete 40 hours of observation in a clinical site. Accepted students must attend the required mandatory orientations. This program may be entered only at the beginning of the Fall term. Students meeting all program and graduation requirements receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination.

Criminal background, drug screening, CPR, physical examination with documentation of immunizations and dependent adult and child abuse record checks are required prior to the clinical courses.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Indian Hills Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandra, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone:  703-706-3245; email:  [email protected]; website:  http://www.capteonline.org

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, the Physical Therapist, health care delivery personnel and others in an effective, appropriate and capable manner.
  2. Demonstrate sensitivity to individual and cultural differences in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  3. Exhibit conduct that reflects a commitment to meet or exceed the expectations of members of society receiving health care services and of the profession of physical therapy.
  4. Demonstrate problem solving and judgment skills such that they are able to provide safe, efficient and effective physical therapy interventions under the supervision of a physical therapist.
  5. Provide effective education to others regarding physical therapy and physical therapy services.
  6. Demonstrate competence in performing delegated data-collection techniques necessary for performance of patient interventions in a safe, effective, efficient manner.
  7. Implement the plan of care written for an individual patient such that goals and outcomes are achieved and discharge planning is performed.
  8. Complete thorough, accurate, logical, concise, timely and legible documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice acts, the practice setting and other regulatory agencies.
  9. Provide services only under the appropriate supervision of a physical therapist.
  10. Participate in the administration, organizational planning and operation of the physical therapy services.
  11. Demonstrate social responsibility, citizenship, and advocacy, including participation in community and service organizations and activities.
  12. Participate in career development based on self-assessment, performance appraisals, work setting and special interest.
Program Total: 83 Credits

Total: 14 Credits

Term II

Total: 12 Credits

Term III

Total: 13 Credits

Term IV

Total: 13 Credits

Total: 10 Credits

Term VI

Total: 13 Credits

Term VII

Total: 8 Credits

Dual Major Option

Students who wish to complete an Associate of Arts degree along with this program can do so by taking these additional courses.

The Cultural electives should be one three-credit Literature course and a three-credit Humanities or Fine Arts course. The Math elective should be Mat 110 or higher and the Speech elective should be SPC 112 or SPC 101.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts elective - Credits: 2.00
  • U.S. History or Western Civilization - Credits: 3.00
  • Distributed Core Electives - Credits: 4.00
  • General Electives - Credits: 3.00
  • How to be Successful in College - Credits: 3.00

 * Refer to General Education Course Requirements (A.A.S.)  for approved courses.

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