Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant(PTA) program is a two-year program of study that prepares students to work within the practice of physical therapy under the supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs are employed in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, home health agencies and other health care settings. Admission to the program is selective and competitive. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students earn the Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible for state licensing. Average salaries in the Hattiesburg area are $43,000 to $50,000 per year.

Admission

Twenty students are admitted each year based on ACT scores, overall GPA, core GPA course work and interviews. Documents required for application include high school transcript or GED score, college transcripts if applicable, ACT scores, PRCC admissions application, two personal references, list of college courses the applicant is currently taking, handwritten autobiography and attendance at a program information session. Applications can be obtained by calling the program offi ce at 601 554-5487.

Deadline for applications is April 13, 2015

Accreditation Status

The PTA program at PRCC was originally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) for a five-year period from May 4, 1994. The program received reaffirmation of accreditation on April 29, 2009, for a period of ten years.

 

Course of Study

A student may complete some or all academic core courses prior to program admission; however, the course of study will remain two years.

Freshman - Fall Semester

MAT 1313 College Algebra
ENG 1113 English Compositon I
BIO 1513 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 1511 A&P I Lab
PSY 1513 General Psychology
PTA 1123 Fundamental Concepts of Physical Therapy

PTA Electives
PTA 1111 Health Care Experience I
PTA 1132 Practicum I
PTA 1143 Practicum II

Freshman - Spring Semester

SPT 1113 Oral Communications
BIO 1523 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 1521 A & P II Lab
PTA 1213 PTA Fundamental Skills
PTA 1315 Kinesiology
PTA 2233 Electrotherapy
________ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

PTA Electives (optional)
PTA 1151 Health Care Experience II

Summer

PTA 1224 Therapeutic Modalities
PTA 2413 Clinical Education I

Sophomore - Fall Semester

PTA 1325 Therapeutic Exercise I
PTA 2335 Therapeutic Exercise II
PTA 2513 Medical Conditions & Pathology
PTA 2111 Clinical Skills

Sophomore - Spring Semester

PTA 2523 Physical Therapy Seminar
PTA 2425 Clinical Education II
PTA 2435 Clinical Education III
PTA 2445 Clinical Education IV

In accordance with Mississippi law, all persons who provide direct, hands-on medical care will be required to undergo a criminal history record check. All PTA students are required to complete this check. If a criminal history record check does not report that a student is clear, the student may not be able to complete the clinical rotations required to earn a degree or obtain a license to practice.

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