The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.
Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the lifespan.
The Nash Community College Physical Therapist Assistant·program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. Upon receiving your Associate of Applied Science degree from the College, the graduate is eligible to sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant licensure examination. Successfully meeting licensure requirements allows the graduate to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program requires students to complete a program application. Applications must be submitted to the Health Sciences Department by May 20, 2013.·
General Education Courses COM 231 Public Speaking ENG 111 Expository Writing MAT 161 College Algebra or MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra PSY 150 General Psychology HUM/FA Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
Major Core Courses BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II PTA 110 Introduction to Phy. Therapy PTA 125 Gross & Functional Anatomy PTA 135 Pathology PTA 145 Therapeutic Procedures PTA 155 PTA Clinical I PTA 185 PTA Clinical II PTA 212 Health Care Resources PTA 215 Therapeutic Exercise PTA 222 Professional Interactions PTA 225 Introduction to Rehabilitation PTA 235 Neurological Rehabilitation PTA 245 PTA Clinical III PTA 255 PTA Clinical IV
Other Major Courses CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
Other Required Courses ACA 115 Success & Study Skills
Total Semester Hour Credits for AAS Degree 72
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Nash Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245 or 703-706-3245; email:
; website: www.capteonline.org.
Program Outcomes (as of 2/11/13)
3-Year Average (2010-2012)
Licensure 1st-take Pass
Average Exam Score
672 (state-657, national-648)
I am encouraged and challenged by our students daily. They possess hope and determination and work hard to achieve their goals.
Keith Smith, Ed.D. Associate VP, Community & Governmental Affairs Nash Community College
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