Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate in Applied Science


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.

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Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I
COM 101Oral Communication I3
PSY 200General Psychology3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development3
or PSY 203 Child Psychology
SOC 201Aspects of Aging3
XXX xxxMissouri State 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
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
COM 101 Oral Communication I 3
PSY 200 General Psychology 3
PSY 205
Human Growth and Development
or Child Psychology
PTA 100 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant 2
XXX xxx Physical Education Elective1
 Credit Hours16
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 209 Kinesiology Fundamentals 3
SOC 201 Aspects of Aging 3
PTA 214 Data Collection and Intervention Techniques for the PTA 4
ENG 100
Career English
or College Composition I
XXX xxx Physical Education Elective1
 Credit Hours18
PTA 105 Fundamentals of Patient Care for the PTA 4
PTA 215 Medical Conditions in Rehabilitation 3
XXX xxx Missouri State Requirement3
 Credit Hours10
Second Year
PTA 211 Physical Agents 3
PTA 212 Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Concepts I 7
PTA 104 Clinical Experience I 2
 Credit Hours12
PTA 213 Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Concepts II 2
PTA 208 Health Occupation Seminar 2
PTA 216 Clinical Education IIA 4
PTA 217 Clinical Education IIB 4
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours68