Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate in Applied Science

Meramec

Physical Therapists Assistants (PTAs) 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.

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. pursue licensure and demonstrate employability.
  2. promote contemporary physical therapy through lifelong learning and service.
  3. communicate effectively with patients/clients, caregivers, and interprofessional team members.
  4. identify and integrate appropriate evidence based resources to support clinical decision making.
  5. identify career development and learning opportunities to improve knowledge, skills, and behaviors.

Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
or PSY 203 Child Psychology
SOC 201Aspects of Aging3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 209Kinesiology Fundamentals3
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
PTA 100Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant2
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
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4BIO 111 with grade of "C" or better; or one year of high school biology and chemistry (with labs) within previous five years of registration date; or permission of the department chairperson of Biology and Reading Proficiency.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency.
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)
or Child Psychology
3PSY 200 and Reading Proficiency.
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.
BIO 209 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 PTA4BIO 209 with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in BIO 209 and Reading Proficiency.
ENG 100
or College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
3ENG 101 is recommended
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 207 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 Proficiency.Apply for graduation
PTA 208 Health Occupation Seminar2PTA 104 with a grade of "S" and Reading Proficiency.
PTA 216 Clinical Education IIA4PTA 213 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
PTA 217 Clinical Education IIB4PTA 216 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours12
Total Credit Hours68

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*** 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.