Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate in Applied Science

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate in Applied Science

Forest Park

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) prepares graduates to work as a team to assist the physical therapists (PTs) to manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities. They provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the PT to restore and promote optimal physical function, wellness, and fitness.  The PTA assists the PT in the care of individuals of all ages to prevent the onset and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, or injuries. 

Students in the PTA program take general education courses, related science courses, and introductory PTA courses in the first year.  During the second year of the program, students enroll in physical therapy didactic courses and clinical courses. 

Graduates are prepared to perform components of interventions and data collection and assess the patient's/client's safety and response to the interventions provided under the direction and supervision of the PT in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner.  As a PT/PTA team, graduates are prepared to educate and communicate with patients, caregivers, and other healthcare providers with recognition of individual, cultural, and economic differences.  

Persons interested in this program should be service oriented and comfortable working with diverse people of all age groups in close one-to-one contact. They should enjoy physical activity and be patient and empathetic when instructing others. In addition, they should be able to meet the academic demands of a program that requires a commitment of time, energy, and motivation to learn.

Admission to the program is contingent on meeting established minimum criteria available through the academic advising office and online at the program webpage. Students are also required to complete a health history, immunization record, physical exam, drug test, and criminal background check.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national licensure examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Licensure is required in Missouri and most other states.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate the skills necessary for a physical therapists assistant, equipping students to pass the national licensure exam.
  2. discuss the value of contemporary physical therapy through lifelong learning and service.
  3. communicate effectively with patients/clients, caregivers, and interprofessional team members.
  4. integrate appropriate evidence based resources to support clinical decision making.
  5. develop a professional growth plan for career advancement and learning opportunities to improve knowledge, skills, and behaviors.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website: https://stlcc.edu/programs-academics/missouri-civics-exam.aspx.  

Program of Study

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
SOC 201Aspects of Aging3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
PTA 100Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant2
PTA 222Kinesiology Fundamentals3
PTA 104Clinical Experience I2
PTA 105Fundamentals of Patient Care for the PTA4
PTA 208Health Occupation Seminar2
PTA 211Physical Agents3
PTA 212Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Concepts I7
PTA 213Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Concepts II2
PTA 214Data Collection and Intervention Techniques for the PTA4
PTA 215Medical Conditions in Rehabilitation3
PTA 216Clinical Education IIA4
PTA 217Clinical Education IIB4
Total Credit Hours68

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website: https://stlcc.edu/programs-academics/missouri-civics-exam.aspx.  

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2022, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4BIO 111 or CHM 101 with grade of "C", or course equivalency, and Reading Proficiency
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in ENG 070
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
PTA 100 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant2Reading Proficiency
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be an activity
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II4BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
PTA 222 Kinesiology Fundamentals3BIO 207 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
SOC 201 Aspects of Aging3SOC 101, PSY 200 or HMS 100 and Reading Proficiency
PTA 214 Data Collection and Intervention Techniques for the PTA4PTA 222 with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in PTA 222 and Reading Proficiency
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3PSY 200 and Reading Proficiency
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be an activity
Credit Hours18
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
PTA 105 Fundamentals of Patient Care for the PTA4PTA 214 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
PTA 215 Medical Conditions in Rehabilitation3BIO 208 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours10
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
PTA 211 Physical Agents3PTA 105 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
PTA 212 Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Concepts I7PTA 105 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
PTA 104 Clinical Experience I2PTA 105 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
PTA 213 Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Concepts II2PTA 212 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading ProficiencyApply for graduation
PTA 208 Health Occupation Seminar2PTA 212 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
PTA 216 Clinical Education IIA4PTA 104 with a grade of "S" and Reading Proficiency
PTA 217 Clinical Education IIB4PTA 104 with a score of "S" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours12
Total Credit Hours68

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.