Arapahoe Community College

2014-2015 Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

CIP 510806 (PTA)

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 implementation may include: therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, activities of daily living and administration of physical agents such as heat and cold.

The PTA program at Arapahoe Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association. CAPTE can be reached at 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; 1.800.999.2782 or

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.

Contact the School of Health, Science and Engineering School Office, Room A2000, 303.797.5991. Please refer to the PTA Program Information for application and ACCUPLACER placement scores. You can contact the School Office by phone 303.797.5991 for a copy of the PTA Program Information. See further information online at

Admissions Requirements:

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • The PTA program is selective admission that accepts a limited number of applicants each year.  In order to qualify for consideration for admission into the PTA program, each applicant must submit the following:
    • Completed supplemental PTA program application. Applications are accepted beginning February 1 each year.
    • One Official transcript of general education courses completed sent directly from the issuing institution to Arapahoe Community College - Admissions and Records.
    • One unofficial transcript of general education courses completed attached to the PTA program application.
    • ENG 121 and BIO 201 (or BIO 106) with a "C" or better are pre-requisites for PTA courses
    • ACCUPLACER scores (95+ Sentence Skills, 61+ Algebra).
    • Three letters of recommendation on the required form.
    • Documentation of work related or volunteer hours in Physical Therapy on the required form.
    • Brief summary of work and volunteer history in a narrative or resume form.
    • Handwritten answers to the questions regarding the program, found in the application packet.
    • Military trained PT Techs/ Specialists should contact Paula Provence,, for information regarding possible transfer credit and Credit for Prior Learning Options.
    • BIO 106 or BIO 201 must have been completed in the last five years.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(16 credit hours)

BIO 201

Human Anatomy and Physiology (GT-SC1) or


BIO 106

Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology


COM 115

Public Speaking OR


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication*


ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)


PSY 101

General Psychology I (GT-SS3)


PSY 235

Human Growth and Development (GT-SS3)


*Students planning to transfer their speech credit to another institution should complete COM 115.

Major Courses

(59 credit hours)

HPR 117

Anatomical Kinesiology


PTA 110

Basic Patient Care in Physical Therapy


PTA 115

Principles and Practices in Physical Therapy


PTA 117

Anatomical Kinesiology Lab


PTA 120

Modalities in Physical Therapy


PTA 124

Rehab Principles of Medical Management I


PTA 131

Professional Communications I


PTA 134

Rehab Principles of Medical Management II


PTA 135

Principles of Electrical Stimulation


PTA 140

Clinical Kinesiology


PTA 141

Professional Communications II


PTA 175

Special Topics


PTA 205

Psychosocial Issues in Health Care


PTA 230

Orthopedic Assessment and Management


PTA 240

Neurological Assessment and Management


PTA 278

PTA Seminar


PTA 280

Internship I


PTA 281

Internship II


PTA 282

Internship III



75 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All major, general education and other courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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