Physical Therapist Assistant - A.A.S. Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate of Applied Science

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a health care provider working under the direction of a Physical Therapist. The PTA is involved in the treatment of individuals with muscular, skeletal, cardiopulmonary and nervous system disorders. The PTA may also be involved in injury prevention or programs specifically targeted toward individual or group wellness.

The PTA is able to provide physical therapy services as specified in a care plan developed by a Physical Therapist. Treatment program may include: therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, activities of daily living and administration of physical agents such as heat and cold.

All students must maintain current CPR and First Aid certification. Additionally, students must maintain professional liability insurance coverage and are required to complete a series of Hepatitis B vaccinations.

The Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association has granted full accreditation to the PTA program at Arapahoe Community College. CAPTE can be contacted at 1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, 1.800.999.2782 or via email at accreditation@apta.org.

The program is five semesters in length with a summer term following the first year. Upon successful completion, the graduate is awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Individuals with related degrees and training (athletic training, military-trained PT Techs/ Specialists) should contact Paula Provence, paula.provence@arapahoe.edu, for information about transfer credit and Credit for Prior Learning Options. All courses required for this degree must be completed with a “C” or better to meet graduation requirements.