Physical Therapist Assistant Technology - A.A.S.

Regional College
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Kent Campus
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Description

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to become licensed or certified as a physical therapist assistant, who work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Licensure or certification in most states requires graduation from an accredited program, background clearances and passing the National Physical Therapy Examination.

The integrated curriculum includes lecture, lecture/lab, seminar and practicum courses. Major course content is cumulative and taught in four sequential semesters in a two year cycle. The technical study curriculum requires student to be on campus or in the clinic three to five days per week each term.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Technology major includes the following optional concentration:

  • The Athletic Trainers Transition concentration is for board-certified athletic trainers and may be completed, at minimum, in 15 months. The concentration adds the skills and knowledge of a physical therapist assistant to the certified athletic trainers knowledge and skill competency. The concentration is offered primarily online and requires six three-day in person on the Ashtabula Campus to conduct laboratory assignments. In addition, students must complete a minimum 640 hours of clinical education, which, typically, can be arranged anywhere in the country.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

Major

  • Ashtabula Campus
  • East Liverpool Campus

Athletic Trainers Transition Concentration

  • Online (requires several in-person meetings)
  • Ashtabula Campus

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

 

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, and the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

Admission to the Athletic Trainers Transition concentration: Applicants must be board-certified athletic trainers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Provide appropriate and effective physical therapy interventions within the plan of care established by a physical therapist.
  2. Effectively communicate with others, teaching or instructing when appropriate.
  3. Produce legal and ethical documentation to meet professional expectations and the needs of third party payers.
  4. Ethically manage fiscal and human resources to provide high-quality, efficient and cost-effective physical therapy services.
  5. Consistently demonstrate the value-based behaviors of a physical therapy assistant; altruism, caring and compassion, continuing competence, duty, integrity, physical therapist/physical therapy assistant collaboration, responsibility and social responsibility.

University Requirements

All students in an applied or technical associate degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE: University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements, please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Kent Core (see table below)15
Total Credit Hour Requirement60
Some associate degrees require students to complete more than 60 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 3
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[RE-AAS-PTST]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
PTST 10000INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT (min C grade)1
PTST 10001PRINCIPLES OF PATIENT CARE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY (min C grade) 14
PTST 10003CLINICAL CONDITIONS I (min C grade)2
PTST 11005PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE I (min C grade)2
PTST 11092CLINICAL EDUCATION I (ELR) 1
PTST 20003CLINICAL CONDITIONS II (min C grade) 22
PTST 20004PHYSICAL THERAPY PROCEDURES II (min C grade) 24
PTST 20006PHYSICAL REHABILITATION PROCEDURES (min C grade) 14
PTST 20008CLINICAL CONDITIONS III (min C grade)2
PTST 22005PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE II (min C grade)2
PTST 22007PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE III (min C grade)2
PTST 22092CLINICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM II (ELR) 2
PTST 23092CLINICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM III (ELR) 2
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA; min C grade required in all courses)
AHS 12005CONCEPTS IN LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT 33
AHS 12010PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTHCARE 1
AHS 24010MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 1-3
or HED 14020 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 43
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 51
Kent Core Composition3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts3
Kent Core Social Sciences 43
Additional Major Requirements or Concentration
Choose from the following:14
Minimum Total Credit Hours:65
1

For PTST 10001 and PTST 20006, students in the Athletic Trainers Transition concentration will be required to complete two three-day laboratory weekends on the Ashtabula Campus

2

Students in the Athletic Trainers Transition concentration will earn transfer credit (no grade) for PTST 20003 and PTST 20004 after completing PTST 10010 with minimum C grade.

3

Students who have successfully completed NURS 20950 may use it in place of AHS 12005

4

3 credit hours are required for Kent Core (University Requirements). This program requires a total of 6 credit hours to earn the degree.

5

Course is waived for students declared in the Athletic Trainers Transition concentration

Progression Requirements

To be able to register for physical therapist assistant technology (PTST) courses, students must be accepted to technical study. Acceptance to technical study is a selective process. Criteria for acceptance are the following:

  • Completion of observation hours in a physical therapy clinic
  • Minimum 2.700 overall GPA from the most recent academic experience of 12 credit hours or more
  • Completion of high school or college-level physics course with minimum C grade
  • Completion of high school or college-level biology courses with minimum C grade
  • Completion (or placement out) of ENG 01001, MATH 00023 and UC 00006
  • Submission of a written essay
  • Submission of application
  • Interview

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Minimum C (or S) grade may be required in some courses.
  • Three practicum courses require students to complete a minimum of 640 off-campus clinical education hours under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. Under certain circumstances, students in practicum courses are required to attend clinicals on days outside of the academic calendar. These circumstances may occur on scheduled or unscheduled campus closures or on days when classes are cancelled. Examples include: certain holidays, spring recess, snow days and/or prior to the start of semesters. Students are notified in advance of the clinical education schedule.
  • Contracted clinical education sites normally require students to demonstrate both medical and background clearances, as well as the ability to perform the core tasks and essential job functions of a physical therapist assistant. Students who are unable to perform the core tasks and essential job functions, or who cannot demonstrate medical and background clearance may not be able to complete the requirements for the degree program.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring a Concentration

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA; min C grade required in all courses)
PTST 10004PHYSICAL THERAPY PROCEDURES I 4
Additional Requirements (courses do no count in major GPA; min C grade required in all courses)
AHS 22002CLINICAL KINESIOLOGY 3
AHS 22003CLINICAL KINESIOLOGY LABORATORY 1
BSCI 11010FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 13
BSCI 11020FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) 13
Minimum Total Credit Hours:14
1

Students who have successfully completed ATTR 25057 and ATTR 25058 (or EXSC 25057 and EXSC 25058 or BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21010) may use those courses in place of BSCI 11010 and BSCI 11020.

Athletic Trainers Transition Concentration Requirements

[RE-AAS-PTST-ATT]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
PTST 10010TRANSITIONS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY (min C grade) 1,28
Kent Core Basic Science (possible Transfer Coursework)3
General Electives (possible Transfer Coursework)3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:14
1

For PTST 10010, students will be required to complete two three-day laboratory weekends on the Ashtabula Campus.

2

Students in the Athletic Trainers Transition concentration will earn transfer credit (no grade) for PTST 20003 and PTST 20004 after completing PTST 10010 with minimum C grade.

  • Students in the ATT concentration may earn Kent Core Requirements with possible Transfer coursework
 

 Roadmaps

Physical Therapist Assistant Technology Major

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Summer 1Credits
BSCI 11010 FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours10
Semester One
AHS 12010 PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTHCARE 1
AHS 24010
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
or MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
1-3
BSCI 11020 FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) 3
PTST 10000 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT 1
!PTST 10001 PRINCIPLES OF PATIENT CARE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY 4
!PTST 10003 CLINICAL CONDITIONS I 2
 Credit Hours12
Semester Two
AHS 12005 CONCEPTS IN LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT 3
!AHS 22002 CLINICAL KINESIOLOGY 3
!AHS 22003 CLINICAL KINESIOLOGY LABORATORY 1
!PTST 10004 PHYSICAL THERAPY PROCEDURES I 4
!PTST 11005 PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE I 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Summer 2
PTST 11092 CLINICAL EDUCATION I (ELR) (East Liverpool Campus) 0-1
 Credit Hours0
Semester Three
!PTST 11092 CLINICAL EDUCATION I (ELR) (Ashtabula Campus) 0-1
!PTST 20003 CLINICAL CONDITIONS II 2
!PTST 20004 PHYSICAL THERAPY PROCEDURES II 4
!PTST 22005 PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE II 2
!PTST 22092 CLINICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM II (ELR) (East Liverpool Campus) 0-2
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Four
!PTST 20006 PHYSICAL REHABILITATION PROCEDURES 4
!PTST 20008 CLINICAL CONDITIONS III 2
!PTST 22007 PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE III 2
!PTST 23092 CLINICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM III (ELR) 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Summer 3
PTST 22092 CLINICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM II (ELR) (Ashtabula Campus) 0-2
 Credit Hours0
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:65
 

Athletic Trainers Transition Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester PrerequisiteCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirements (possible Transfer Coursework) 15
General Electives (possible Transfer Coursework) 3
 Credit Hours19
Semester One
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PTST 10000 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT 1
!PTST 10010 TRANSITIONS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY 8
Transfer credit (no grade) for PTST 20003 and PTST 20004 after completing PTST 10010 (min C grade) 6
 Credit Hours18
Semester Two
AHS 12005 CONCEPTS IN LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT 3
AHS 12010 PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTHCARE 1
AHS 24010
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
or MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
1
!PTST 10001 PRINCIPLES OF PATIENT CARE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY 4
!PTST 10003 CLINICAL CONDITIONS I 2
!PTST 11005 PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE I 2
 Credit Hours13
Semester Three
!PTST 11092 CLINICAL EDUCATION I (ELR) 1
!PTST 20006 PHYSICAL REHABILITATION PROCEDURES 4
!PTST 20008 CLINICAL CONDITIONS III 2
!PTST 22005 PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE II 2
 Credit Hours9
Semester Four
!PTST 22007 PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE III 2
!PTST 22092 CLINICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM II (ELR) 2
!PTST 23092 CLINICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM III (ELR) 2
 Credit Hours6
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:65