Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2015-2016 South University Academic Catalog version I Program: Physical Therapist Assistant (AS) Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Physical Therapist Assistant (AS)

Offered at South University, Austin; South University, Columbia, South University, High Point; South University, Montgomery; South University, Novi; South University, Savannah; South University, Tampa; and South University, West Palm Beach.

In keeping with the stated purpose of South University, the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program strives to produce physical therapist assistants who, under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, reflect the highest standards of practice and conduct within the profession of physical therapy.

A physical therapist assistant is an educated health care provider who works under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Duties include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to the plan of care, training patients in exercise and activities of daily living, conducting treatments using special equipment, administering modalities and other treatment procedures and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient’s responses. (www.apta.org)

Graduates should be able to:

  • Provide safe, efficient, efficacious interventions within the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  • Communicate using effective and culturally-competent verbal, nonverbal, written, and digital communication.
  • Provide effective education to patients, caregivers, and members of the healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and efficiently utilize resources to provide high- value physical therapy services.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for the importance of maintaining continued competence in all areas of practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to practice within the guidelines and standards established by regulatory, professional, and organizational entities.
  • Demonstrate practice behaviors consistent with the Core Values of the profession of Physical Therapy.

State licensure is a requirement for a graduate to work as a PTA in each state in which South University offers the PTA program. Specific information regarding application for licensure will be available to the student during the last term of study. Licensure or registration is not required in every state for the physical therapist assistant to work. Complete information on practice acts and regulations can be obtained from individual state licensing boards.

Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant: 110 Credits

Area I Core Curriculum: 36-40 Credits

(Quarters 1-3 for South University, Montgomery; South University, Savannah; and South University, West Palm Beach)

(Quarter 1 and 2 for South University, Austin; South University, High Point; South University, Novi; and South University, Tampa)

Mathematics/Science

Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credit hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 2 credit hours
BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credit hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)

BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 2 credit hours
  • Math Elective (MAT1001, MAT1005 or MAT1500)
  • Humanities

    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    SPC1026 Public Speaking 4 credit hours
    ENG1100 Composition I 4 credit hours
    ENG1200 Composition II 4 credit hours

    Social Sciences

    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    AHS1001 Medical Terminology 4 credit hours
    PSY1001 General Psychology 4 credit hours

    OR

    SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology 4 credit hours
    UVC1000 Strategies for Success * 4 credit hours

    *Required if the student is also required to take MAT0099 

    Area II Major Curriculum: 74 Credits

    The South University, Montgomery; South University, Savannah: and South University, West Palm Beach campuses follow a 9-quarter sequence of courses:

    4th Quarter
    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA1001 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant 4 credit hours
    PTA1003 Pathophysiology 4 credit hours
    PTA1005 Kinesiology 6 credit hours
    5th Quarter
    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA1006 Testing and Measurement for the Physical Therapist Assistant 6 credit hours
    PTA2000 Habilitation/Rehabilitation 6 credit hours
    6th Quarter
    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA1008 Modalities 6 credit hours
    PTA2021 Therapeutic Exercise and Orthopedic Applications 6 credit hours
    7th Quarter
    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA2046 Advanced Habilitation/Rehabilitation 6 credit hours
    PTA2057 Physical Therapy through the Lifespan 2 credit hours
    PTA2050 Professional Seminar 4 credit hours
    8th Quarter
    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA2058 Clinical Externship I 8 credit hours
    PTA2059 Current Rehabilitation Issues 3 credit hours
    9th Quarter
    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA2099 Clinical Externship II 12 credit hours

    South University, Austin; South University, High Point; South University, Novi; and South University, Tampa follow an 8-quarter sequence of courses:

    Area II Major Curriculum: 74 Credits

    3rd Quarter

    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA1001 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant 4 credit hours

    4th Quarter

    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA1003 Pathophysiology 4 credit hours
    PTA1005 Kinesiology 6 credit hours
    PTA1006 Testing and Measurement for the Physical Therapist Assistant 6 credit hours

    5th Quarter

    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA2000 Habilitation/Rehabilitation 6 credit hours
    PTA2047 Essentials of Clinical Care 2 credit hours
    PTA1008 Modalities 6 credit hours

    6th Quarter

    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA2021 Therapeutic Exercise and Orthopedic Applications 6 credit hours
    PTA2046 Advanced Habilitation/Rehabilitation 6 credit hours
    PTA2050 Professional Seminar 4 credit hours

    7th Quarter

    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA2048 Clinical Externship I 8 credit hours
    PTA2049 Current Rehabilitation Issues 4 credit hours

    8th Quarter

    Course NameQuarter CreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PTA2099 Clinical Externship II 12 credit hours
    Note(s):

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, Montgomery 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: http://www.capteonline.org. 

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, Savannah 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: http://www.capteonline.org.

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, Tampa 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: http://www.capteonline.org .

    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, West Palm Beach 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: http://www.capteonline.org.

    The Physical Therapist Assistant at South University, Novi 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: http://www.capteonline.org.

    The Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Austin 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: http://www.capteonline.org.

    Effective July 29, 2014, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, High Point has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

    Effective June 9, 2015, South University, Columbia has applied for Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org ). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

     

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