Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is designed to prepare graduates for additional career opportunities and advancement within the profession. PTAs currently licensed and working can further their associate’s degree to a Bachelor’s level and follow a program track that best fits their career aspirations.

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of the core courses, students can choose to follow an education track, business/health service administration track, or clinical track with courses strategically geared towards physical therapy within each. The program is primarily online with some hybrid courses during which students will come to campus 2 weekends within the 8-week term.

Program Overview

Communications (9 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3ENC 1101English Composition I*
3ENC 1102English Composition II*
3SPC 1017Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Humanities (6 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PHI 1635Biomedical Ethics OR PHI 1600 Ethics

Behavioral/Social Science (3 Credits) - choose one

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PSY 1012General Psychology
3DEP 2004Human Growth and Development

Natural Science (11 Credits) BSC 108

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
4BSC 1085CAnatomy and Physiology I
4BSC 1086CAnatomy and Physiology II
3HSC 1531Medical Terminology

Mathematics (7 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3MAC 1105College Algebra I*
4STA 2014Introduction to Statistics*

Computers (4 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
4CGS 1030Introduction to Information Technology
SLS 1501College Study Skills

Credit HoursCourse Name
31Current PTA License

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3ENC 3311Advanced Research Writing
3HSA 3412Cultural Diversity in Health Care
3PLA 4522Health Care Law
3HSA 4502Risk Management
3PHI 4103Critical Thinking
3PHT 3351Basic Pharmacology for PT Assistants
3PHT 3506LService Learning in PT
3PHT 4600Basic Research
3PHT 3209LManual Techniques II
3PHT 3215CTherapeutic Modalities

Business/HSA Track Upper Level Electives (25 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3MAN 2200Principles of Business Management
3MEA 2335Medical Insurance Coding and Billing
3ACG 2003Principles of Accounting l
1ACG 2003 LPrinciples of Accounting l Lab
3MAR 3712Health Care Marketing
3MAN 3342Supervisory Skills
3MAN 4802Entrepreneurship
3PHT 4511Management & Administration in PT
3PHT 4951Professional Capstone

Education Track Upper Level Electives (25 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3EDF 1005Introduction to Education
3EDF 1030Classroom Management
3EDF 2085Teaching Diverse Population
3EDF 3430Measurement and Evaluation In Education
2EDF 4730Administration and Leadership Communication Tech.
3SCE 3367Methods of Teaching and Learning Natural Sciences
2EDA 3064Organizational Behavior in Teaching & Learning Org.
3PHT 4422Teaching and Learning for PTAs
3PHT 4951Professional Capstone

Clinical Track Upper Level Electives (25 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PHT 2601Evidence Based Practice I
3PHT 3208CClinical Skills
3PHT 3305Applied Pathophysiology
2PHT 3148Professional Development Seminar - Lifespan
2PHT 3901LIndependent Study I
3PHT 4141CPTA Assessment II
2PHT 4903LIndependent Study II
4PHT 4962Clinical Proeficiency and Problem Solving
3PHT 4951Professional Capstone
  • *This course has prerequisites; check course descriptions.
  • This class requires the student to be on campus for a period of time.
  • All Credit Courses from within this division or any other division can be used as Suggested Electives.
  • A total of up to 78 credits may be transferred from the General Education and/or Elective courses taken during a degree program. FNU reserves the right to transfer the appropriate courses.
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