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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.

For more detailed information regarding the health care programs at WCC, please visit our "Welcome to Health Care" home page at www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health


Eastern Michigan University, BS degree.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet.edu/curriculum/articulation/levelone/colleges.

Admissions Requirements

A formal application to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site. Download the Physical Therapist Assistant program application packet: www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health/
Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building.

Requirements for application are:
- Completion and submission of an application for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
- Academic Math Level of 3, MTH 160, MTH 167, MTH 169 or any math level 4 or higher course
- HSC 101 with a minimum grade of "C"
- ENG 111 with a minimum grade of "C"
- BIO 111 with a minimum grade of "B-" (2.7 on a 4.0 scale)
- Completion and documentation of 20 hours of observation in a physical therapy setting. A minimum of 3 hours in 3 different practice settings is required.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 for required admission courses listed above.
- Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.8. Only transcripts that provide an admission requirement course will be used in calculation of the cumulative GPA. If a transcript is submitted for an admission requirement course, the cumulative transcript GPA will be used in a weighted calculation of the cumulative GPA requirement.
- Applicants will undergo a criminal background check.

The following support courses may be completed prior to admission into the program: COM 101 or 102; HSC 147; MTH 160; PSY 100; PHL 244; and the Computer Literacy elective.

Continuing Eligibility

1. This program is designed for full-time students.
2. Successful completion of all required courses with a grade of "C" or better.
3. Students are required to have additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of clinical education as requested by specific clinical facilities. Failure to receive an acceptable criminal background/fingerprinting check at any time will result in removal from the PTA program.
4. Students are required to sign an Abilities Statement verifying their ability to perform activities that are essential to the safe and competent performance of job-related activities.
5. Students are required to submit and maintain all required health records, health insurance, and valid CPR in order to progress through the program.
6. Students are required to demonstrate that they have maintained competency in all skills taught throughout their progression through the program. Failure to demonstrate continued competency will result in removal from the program.

Contact Information

Math, Science & Health
Allied Health Department
Susan Travis


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Minimum 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
First Semester
Class Title Minimum 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
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum 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
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum 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
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum 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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