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Physical Therapist Assistant (APPTA)

Associate in Applied Science Degree


Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are skilled and licensed health care providers who work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. PTAs perform components of physical therapy plan of care developed by a supervising physical therapist. PTAs assist physical therapists in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent disabilities for people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related concerns. Duties of the PTA include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs, providing interventions, and communicating with the physical therapist and other members of the health care team regarding the client's response to treatment and interventions. Clients may include accident victims, individuals with disabling conditions, and those requiring instruction in health promotion and wellness activities.


Eastern Michigan University, BS degree.

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Admissions Requirements

Washtenaw Community College uses a competitive admission process for high demand programs in health care. There are multiple requirements that must be completed prior to submitting an application for admission. For detailed information regarding admission to this health care program, please visit our Welcome to Health Care home page at:

Contact Information

Health Sciences
Allied Health Department
Patricia Hill
Kathleen Cook
Susan Travis


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Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Credits
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function 5
ENG 111 Composition I 4
HSC 101 Healthcare Terminology 1
MTH 160 Basic Statistics * 4
Total 14
Semester 1 (Fall)
Class Title Credits
COM 101 or Fundamentals of Speaking *
COM 102 Interpersonal Communication * 3
HSC 147 Growth and Development * 3
PTA 100 Fundamentals of Physical Therapy 2
PTA 150 Therapeutic Procedures I 3
PTA 180 Clinical Kinesiology 4
Total 15
Semester 2 (Winter)
Class Title Credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology * 3
PTA 160 Therapeutic Procedures II 2
PTA 195 Introduction to Disease 2
PTA 200 Therapeutic Modalities 4
PTA 220 Therapeutic Exercise I 4
PTA 230 Clinical Education I 1
Total 16
Semester 3 (Fall)
Class Title Credits
Elective(s) Computer and Information Literacy * 3
PHL 244 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care * 3
PTA 198 Soft Tissue Management 2
PTA 225 Therapeutic Exercise II 4
PTA 240 Clinical Education II 2
Total 14
Semester 4 (Winter)
Class Title Credits
PTA 250 Clinical Education III 5
PTA 280 Clinical Concepts 1
Total 6
Total Credits Required


*These courses may be taken before admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. (It is strongly recommended that students complete the general education courses before entering the Physical Therapist Assistant program.) Students may transfer or substitute equivalent general education courses or a healthcare terminology course required for the Physical Therapist Assistant

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