The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program prepares students to assist the supervising physical therapist in providing physical therapy care. The 1+1 curriculum design includes the equivalent of one year of general education coursework and a second year of physical therapy technical courses. All first-year program prerequisites must be completed prior to being considered for admission into the second year. The program is competitive and draws many applicants. A maximum of twenty students are selected based on academic performance, recommendation scores (based on clinical observation assignment as a part of ALH 102-Introduction to Physical Therapy) and interview scores. Those not accepted can apply for the following year or seek advisement on other possible career options.
Once accepted into the PTA program, the students begins the second year (technical phase) which includes academic and laboratory componenets taught at the Oak Ridge campus, and clinical components located in regional healthcare facilities. The second year requires full-time participation and lasts one calendar year from August to August. Students will be required to attend an orientation session prior to the start of second year classes. Classes taken during the second year must be taken in sequence and require a full-time course load. Prior to the beginning of the second year, students are required to be certified in Basic First Aid and to maintain certification in Infant, Child and Adult CPR. This can be completed through the Red Cross and/or American Heart Association. During the second year, students may be required to travel within the East Tennessee region to clinical facilities.
In addition to general entrance requirements for the Allied Health Sciences programs, the applicants for the PTA program must:
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; firstname.lastname@example.org; (703) 684-2782 or (703) 706-3245.
|First Year||All courses must be completed to be considered in applicant pool for second year courses.|
|ALH||102||Introduction to Physical Therapy||2|
|ALH||118||Terminology for Medical Communication||2|
|BIOL||2010, 2020||Anatomy and Physiology I, II||8|
|MATH||1530||Probability & Statistics (Non-Calculus Based)||3|
|PHED||Physical Education Elective||1|
|PHIL||121||Elementary Ethics OR|
|PHIL||1030||Intro to Philosophy OR|
|PHIL||201||Intro to Religions of the World||3|
|PSYC||1030||General Psychology OR|
|PSYC||2130||Lifespan Psychology (formerly Developmental Psychology)||3|
|First Year Total||25|
|Second Year||To be completed upon acceptance into the PTA program.|
|PTA||141||Patient Care Techniques||4|
|PTA||214||Treatment of Medical/Surgical Conditions||3|
|PTA||235||Advanced P.T. Procedures I||6|
|PTA||236||Advanced P.T. Procedures II||6|
|PTA||238||Clinical Preparation I||2|
|PTA||239||Clinical Preparation II||2|
|PTA||256||Clinical Education I||5|
|PTA||257||Clinical Education II||5|
|Second Year Total||42|
Program Deadline: May 15
Students pursuing this program will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division.
This program is designed for students who plan to enter the field upon graduation. Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.