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2013-2014 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2013-2014 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S. (140)

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This program of study meets all the Maryland State General Education Requirements.

Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Mission: The mission and philosophy of the Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education (CACHE) PTA Program is to educate students to become competent and caring physical therapist assistants. The program values and promotes excellence in education that includes evidence based knowledge and clinical skills essential to the physical therapist assistant. CACHE strives to produce practitioners who hold high ethical standards, demonstrate critical thinking, and communicate effectively with a diverse population. The unique three college consortium makes optimal use of academic and clinical resources that allow greater outreach to students and physical therapy clinicians across the Chesapeake Bay region in Maryland.

Program Description: The Physical Therapist Assistant Degree program prepares students to provide physical therapy services according to the plan of care developed by the physical therapist. The physical therapist assistant administers direct patient care; teaches patient’s families, and other healthcare providers how to perform selected procedures; and provides desired psychosocial support to patients and their families. Physical therapist assistants are employed primarily in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, extended care facilities and home healthcare settings. Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Students in the CACHE Physical Therapist Assistant program complete their general education requirements at Chesapeake College, their professional training at Anne Arundel Community College, and their clinical internships in their local service area when possible. Distance learning technology is used as appropriate. This is a five-semester, two-year program with courses that build on the knowledge from previous courses. After the first semester, the program is a full-time experience with a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Students should anticipate study and attendance needs and adjust work schedules accordingly.

Students have to be selected for admission into the program and must meet specific academic standards prior to admission. A grade of “C” or better in physical therapist assistant courses and general education course work is required to progress in the program. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or the Nursing and Allied Health Advisor in planning an appropriate program. NOTE: CPR Certification - Students must complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support course for healthcare providers (Modules 1-4). Certification must remain valid through graduation.

Program Goals:

  • To graduate students who meet the program terminal objectives
  • To strive for excellence in PTA education in the academic setting by utilizing state-of-the-art instructional tools and pedagogy
  • To strive for excellence in PTA education in the clinical setting by promoting clinical faculty development
  • To serve as a liaison to the clinical community to promote excellence in physical therapy
  • To model professional and ethical behaviors to students in both the clinical and academic settings
  • To clarify and promote the role of the physical therapist assistant, consistent with the standards of practice and applicable laws of the profession

Student Learning Outcomes: By the end of the curriculum sequence the student will have completed didactic, laboratory and clinical practice courses to enable them to:

  • Assist a physical therapist in the delivery of selected interventions in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, consistent with the standards of practice of the profession.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to perform data collection, conduct tests and measures, and implement selected interventions, within the plan of care developed by the physical therapist.
  • Teach patients, families and other health care providers selected treatment interventions and participate in discharge planning under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
  • Provide psychosocial support to patients and families.
  • Utilize effective communication skills when interacting with patients, families and other health care providers.
  • Be prepared to take the National Licensure Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

Admissions Requirements: Students enter the program in the fall semester and admission to the program is required prior to registering for any PTA course. Applications must be submitted by March 15 of each year. Students must meet the following requirements prior to admission to the program:

  1. High school graduation or equivalency (official transcripts required).
  2. Apply for admission to Chesapeake College.
  3. Completion of the College’s Academic Skills Assessment (ASA) administered through the Office of Student Success and Enrollment Services. College placement test scores at ENG 101  and MAT 113  levels, or completion of any remedial course work or prerequisite courses to achieve these levels.
  4. High school biology and general chemistry or BIO 101 - Fundamentals of Biology , and CHM 012 - Introduction to Chemistry , must be taken if biology and chemistry were not completed in high school with a grade of “C” or better.
  5. A college grade point average of 2.0.
  6. Submission of a Health Examination Record which is supplied by the program and completed by a physician, validating that a student is in good health and able to perform the Technical Standards Requirements. (To be completed only after admission to the program.)
  7. Documentation of current immunizations and health insurance. (To be completed only after admission to the program.)
  8. Students who are offered admission into the program will be required to submit to a complete criminal background check.

Admission Procedures:

  1. Request program information, application, and selection criteria from the Chesapeake College Center for Allied Health.
  2. Apply for admission to Chesapeake College.
  3. Complete an admissions application form. Applications must be submitted no later than March 15.
  4. Residents of Chesapeake College’s five support counties will be given first priority for selection.


Enrollment in the PTA Program is limited and admission is competitive. Meeting the program requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.


Program Accreditation:

The CACHE Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org


For More Information, Contact:
Ms. Lorraine Holden
Nursing and Allied Health Advisor
Room C-218, Wye Mills Campus
410-822-5400, ext. 2203
Mr. David Thomas
PTA Program Director
Anne Arundel Community College

Program Requirements:

Courses to be Taken at Chesapeake College:

Minimum Required Credits: 23


BIO 211 , ENG 101 , MAT 113  and PSC 150  must be completed prior to entering PTA 102 . BIO 212  must be completed prior to entering PTA 104 . PSC 250  must be completed prior to entering PTA 201 .

Minimum Required Credits: 47

Total Required Credits: 70


Field work, clinical placements, and certification/licensure may involve drug testing and/or background checks performed at the student’s expense.

+ Prerequisite or corequisite. See course description for details.

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