Curriculum

Curriculum

First Year – First Semester 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Hours 

MAT 1313 

College Algebra 

3 

ENG 1113 

English Comp. 1 

3 

BIO 1513 

Principles of A & P I 

3 

BIO 1511 

Principles of A & P I lab 

1 

PSY 1513 

General Psychology 

3 

PTA 1123 

Fundamental Concepts of Physical Therapy 

3 

PTA ELECTIVES (optional) 

PTA 1111 

Health Care Experience I 

1 

PTA 1132 

Practicum I 

2 

PTA 1143 

Practicum II 

3 

First Year – Second Semester 

SPT 1113 

Public Speaking

3 

BIO 1523 

Principles of A & P II 

3 

BIO 1521 

Principles of A & P II Lab

1 

PTA 1213 

PTA Fundamental Skills

3 

PTA 1315 

Kinesiology

5 

PTA 2233 

Electrotherapy

3 

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3 

PTA Electives (optional) 

PTA 1151

Health Care Experience II

1 

Summer 

PTA 1224

Therapeutic Modalities

4 

PTA 2413

Clinical Education I 

3 

Second Year – First Semester 

PTA 2111 

Clinical Skills

2 

PTA 1325 

Therapeutic Exercise I

5 

PTA 2335 

Therapeutic Exercise II

5 

PTA 2513 

Medical Conditions & Pathology

3 

Second Year – Second Semester 

PTA 2523

Physical Therapy Seminar

3 

PTA 2425

Clinical Education II

5 

PTA 2435

Clinical Education III

5 

PTA 2445

Clinical Education IV

5 

 

Goals and Outcomes 

The PTA program will provide students with quality education in contemporary PT practice taught by qualified faculty, appropriate clinical experiences, and curricula modeled from the Mississippi Curriculum Framework: Postsecondary Physical Therapist Assistant and The Standards and Required Elements for Accreditation of Physical Therapist Assistant Education Programs. 

  1. Outcome: The PTA student will receive an integrated body of academic and physical therapy instruction to successfully achieve graduation with an associate’s in applied science degree in physical therapist assistant. 
  2. Outcome: The PTA faculty will demonstrate knowledge and experience in the field of physical therapy. 
  3. Outcome: The PTA curriculum will reflect current standards at the national, state, and local level. 
  4. The PTA program will prepare students to competently perform entry-level skills, data collection, and selected intervention techniques operating as an effective health care team member within the plan of care and under the direction and supervision of the licensed physical therapist. 
     
  5. Outcome – The PTA student will demonstrate the ability to perform entry-level physical therapy skills in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting to achieve successful passage of the required coursework. 
  6. Outcome – The PTA student will demonstrate professional work behaviors in both the classroom and clinical settings. 
  7. The PTA program will ensure that the quality and curricular content are responsive to the needs of the students and the communities served by Pearl River Community College. 
     
  8. Outcome: The PTA graduate will successfully pass the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE). 
  9. Outcome: The PTA graduate will obtain a position as an entry-level physical therapist assistant if the graduate so desires. 
  10. Outcome: The PTA program will comply with The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and state and federal guidelines for physical therapist assistant education. 
  11. The PTA program will provide the student with the importance of taking on leadership roles in the profession to continue to impart a desire for lifelong learning and service to the community. 
     
  12. The PTA student will perform a minimum of eight services hours to the community 
  13. The PTA student will attend a minimum of one state or national physical therapy meeting. 
  14. The PTA student will perform a community project reflecting a current physical therapy issue. 
  15. The PTA student will perform an in-service to healthcare providers or a patient population at each of the long-term clinical rotations. 
  16. The PTA Faculty will model professional characteristics through professional growth, service to the physical therapy profession and continued education. 
     
  17. Outcome: The PTA faculty will demonstrate leadership in the profession. 
  18. Outcome: The PTA faculty will act as a source of information to past graduates and the community for information on the practice of Physical Therapy. 
  19. Outcome: The PTA faculty will maintain current trends in physical therapy through continued education and practice.