Programs of Study Home | Programs of Study | Physical Therapist Assistant Placement/Transfer 94% That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2012-2013 graduates found work or continued their education. Placement Physical Therapist Assistant Featured Videos WelcomeSCCs Physical Therapist Assistant program trains students to provide physical therapy treatments and procedures. Therapists may, in accordance with state laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist.You're a Good Fit for this program because . . . OverviewPhysical therapists and physical therapist assistants, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, are the only providers of physical therapy services. In many practice settings physical therapists rely on the PTA to assure that all patients/clients have access to physical therapy services. Physical therapy has a long history of returning individuals to their maximum level of physical function and in many cases patients are being sent to physical therapy instead of surgery. Patients/clients value the individualized “hands on” approach that characterizes physical therapy care. When a physical therapist sees a patient/client for the first time, he or she examines that individual and develops a plan of care that promotes the ability to move, reduces pain, restores function, and prevents disability. The physical therapist may choose to utilize a PTA in the provision of components of the physical therapy treatment. The physical therapist, PTA, and the patient/client then work side by side to make sure that the goals of the plan or care are met.Depending on the particular needs of a patient/client, physical therapists may direct components of a patient/client’s interventions (treatments) to a PTA. PTAs provide a variety of physical therapy techniques as they carry out the physical therapist’s plan of care for the patient, including therapeutic exercise, functional training, deep soft tissue massage, and physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound. PTAs may also assist the physical therapist by working with individuals to prevent loss of mobility by implementing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.Employment OutlookEmployment is expected to grow much faster than average because of increasing consumer demand for physical therapy services. Job prospects for physical therapist assistants are expected to be very good. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting salary of $22.65 per hour, with a high salary of $30 per hour.Please contact Nikki Sleddens, Program Chair, with concerns regarding the PTA Program.Starting TermsWinter Quarter.Physical Therapist Assistant-AASCurriculumProgram ClassesTake PTAS-1100 PTAS-1101 PTAS-1102 PTAS-1103 PTAS-1104 PTAS-1202 PTAS-1203 PTAS-1204 PTAS-1205 PTAS-1206 PTAS-1207 PTAS-1301 PTAS-1302 PTAS-1303;PTAS-1100 Intro to Physical TherapyPTAS-1101 Kinesiology for PTAPTAS-1102 Pathophysiology for PTAPTAS-1103 Physical Therapy & Exercise IPTAS-1104 Therapeutic Modalities IPTAS-1202 Phys Therapy Skills & Exec IIPTAS-1203 Therapeutic Modalities IIPTAS-1204 Document in Clinical ServicesPTAS-1205 Advanced ProceduresPTAS-1206 Health Systems & IssuesPTAS-1207 Professional IssuesPTAS-1301 Clinical Education IPTAS-1302 Clinical Education IIPTAS-1303 Clinical Education IIITake HMRS-1320 OR SOCI-2150 OR SOCI-1020HMRS-1320 Multicultural CompetencySOCI-2150 Issues of Unity and DiversitySOCI-1020 Diversity in SocietyGeneral Education RequirementsTake SPCH-1090, SPCH-1110, OR SPCH-2810SPCH-1090 Fund of Human CommunicationsSPCH-1110 Public SpeakingSPCH-2810 Business & Professional CommunTake ENGL-1010 OR higherENGL-1010 Composition IENGL-1015 Composition & LiteratureTake MATH-1150 or higherMATH-1150 College AlgebraMATH-1180 Elementary StatisticsMATH-1200 TrigonometryMATH-1300 PrecalculusMATH-1400 Applied CalculusMATH-1600 Calc & Analytic Geometry IMATH-2030 Contemporary MathematicsTake BIOS-1140/2130 or BIOS-1210/1220BIOS-1140 Human AnatomyBIOS-2130 Human PhysiologyBIOS-1210 Human Anatomy & Physiology IBIOS-1220 Human Anatomy & Physiology IITake PSYC-1810PSYC-1810 Introduction to PsychologyTake MEDA-1101 MEDA-1201MEDA-1101 Medical Terminology 1MEDA-1201 Medical Terminology 2Program RequirementsProgram Requirements & Student ResponsibilitiesAdmission requirements:Self-advising Worksheet.High school graduate or GED®.Health statement completed.Ten hours of job shadowing and submission of the Job Shadow Information form. A current Healthcare Provider CPR card (contact Program Chair for specific requirements) is required prior to PTAS1301.All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C+ to progress in the program, and all PTAS classes must be taken in sequence.A criminal background check will be required of each student in this program. Based on the outcome of the background check, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed for this CBC.Computer skills in keyboarding and windows will be helpful.Other Links:Health StatementPhysicians LabImmunization InformationJob Shadow Information FormSelf-Advising SheetAdditional Program Requirements:Complete program orientation when invited by the program faculty.All students are required to have liability insurance. Cost of this insurance is included in the student fees at the beginning of each quarter that includes clinical education.Clinical Education Requests for information on the Clinical Education program, including clinical sites and rules and regulations, should be made to Nikki Sleddens, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.CostsIt appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. You can download the PDF file here.