The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program trains students to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
The PTA Program is committed to:
The Bossier Parish Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant will be able to demonstrate:
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) curriculum is sequenced in two phases. The first phase consists of 31 credit hours of general education curriculum (Qualification Courses) that must be successfully completed before a student is eligible to apply for the PTA Program courses. Anatomy and Physiology lecture and lab courses (8 hours total) must be completed within the previous five years from the application deadline. Admission to the PTA Program is selective and competitive. Completion of the qualification courses does not guarantee admission to the PTA Program. The second phase consists of 27 credit hours of classroom and laboratory activities related to physical therapy and 14 credit hours of clinical practice experiences under the direct supervision of a physical therapist participating in patient care. In order to complete the Associate of Applied Science in PTA, clinical PTA students must pass all program classes with a “C” or better while also maintaining a 2.500 per semester GPA.
Once selected for the PTA program, students will be required to provide health information and meet all requirements for a program with a clinical component (described earlier in this section).
Students who are selected for the PTA Program must be available for daytime, evening, and occasional weekend classes. In addition, based upon clinical site availability, PTA students will be required to complete one or more clinical rotations (4-5 weeks in duration) at an out-of-town facility.
After completion of the program, PTA Program graduates will need to take and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to be eligible to apply for a license to practice as a PTA in the state of Louisiana.
The application cycle for the PTA program begins each spring. Complete instructions and deadlines are available on the program web site. Students that are selected for the clinical program should be available to begin classes on the first day of the "C Session" of the summer semester. Students must meet program specific criteria in the areas outlined below to be eligible for an interview.
Interviews are conducted after the conclusion of the spring semester of each year. A maximum of 50 of the highest scoring PTA applicants will be invited by mail for an interview with the Program Admissions Committee. All applicants will be notified by mail of their status.
|(must be completed prior to beginning program classes)|
|ENGL 101:||Composition and Rhetoric I||3|
|ENGL 102:||Composition and Rhetoric II||3|
|MATH 102:||College Algebra||3|
|or MATH 101:||Algebra for College Students|
|PHSC 105:||Elemental Physics||3|
|PSYC:||Psychology elective *||3|
|BLGY 110:||Medical Terminology||3|
|BLGY 230:||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BLGY 230L:||Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab||1|
|BLGY 231:||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BLGY 231L:||Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab||1|
|ALHT 109:||Healthcare Systems and Safety||2|
|Total pre-PTA hours:||31|
|*Psychology Elective: Any course with a PSYC prefix may satisfy this requirement, however it is recommended that students select from the following courses: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 220, or PSYC 225.|
|PTA Program Courses|
|(Students are selected by committee to enter the program.)|
|First Summer Semester||Hours|
|PTAP 200:||Functional Anatomy||2|
|PTAP 201:||Introduction to Physical Therapy||1|
|PTAP 202:||Clinical Kinesiology||4|
|PTAP 203:||Orthopedic Conditions||3|
|PTAP 204:||Physical Therapy Procedures||3|
|PTAP 205:||Therapeutic Modalities||3|
|PTAP 206:||Clinical Practice I||3|
|PTAP 212:||Clinical Neuroanatomy||2|
|PTAP 213:||Neurological Conditions||3|
|PTAP 214:||Therapeutic Exercise||3|
|PTAP 215:||Special Areas of Practice||2|
|PTAP 216:||Clinical Practice II||4|
|PTAP 217:||Comprehensive Interventions for the PTA||1|
|Second Summer Semester||Hours|
|PTAP 226:||Clinical Practice III||7|
|Total Credit hours for to earn the Associate of Applied Science in PTA||72|