Physical Therapist Assistant - AAS

St. Catherine University's physical therapist assistant (PTA) program prepares students to work as skilled clinical practitioners who perform physical therapy interventions and related duties under the direction of licensed physical therapists. PTAs perform interventions intended to help people of all ages recover physical function lost through diseases, injury or other causes.

St. Kate's physical therapist assistant program was the first of its kind in the nation and offers a careful blend of theory and practice for students to master physical therapy concepts and techniques.

As part of the educational process students will have a variety of clinical experiences that may include acute care, skilled nursing facility/rehabilitative, or outpatient settings. The program has an extensive clinical network in the immediate Twin Cities area, the state and nationally. The PTA program and the doctor of physical therapy program (DPT) are housed together, providing students the opportunity for collaborative learning including visits to the cadaver lab, blended tutorial learning and various lab activities. This setting provides invaluable learning of each others roles in the clinical setting.

See also: Doctor of Physical Therapy (graduate catalog)

This major is offered in the College for Adults only.

Curriculum

Required Physical Therapist Assistant Courses (minimum grade of C required)
PTA 1010Patient Handling Techniques2
PTA 1020Physical Therapy Intervention Techniques2
PTA 1040Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Measurement Techniques3
PTA 1050Orientation To Physical Therapy/Role Of The Physical Therapist Assistant2
PTA 1170Foundation, Pathology and Application of Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy6
PTA 1310Clinical Experience I2
PTA 1350Healthcare Delivery System1
PTA 2000Physical Therapy Intervention Techniques III8
PTA 2010Introductory Concepts in Pediatric Physical Therapy1
PTA 2020Concepts in Geriatric Physical Therapy1
PTA 2100Clinical Experience II3
PTA 2210Clinical Experience III3
PTA 2260Learning and Service Through Immersion1
or PTA 2270 Specialized Clinical Experience
PTA 2410Capstone Seminar and Project2
Prerequisites to professional courses (minimum grade of C required)
BIOL 2400General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
CORE 1000WThe Reflective Woman (The Reflective Practitioner)4
Supporting Courses (minimum grade of C- required) 1
BIOL 2420Human Disease2
HIMP 1020Medical Terminology1
PSYC 1000General Psychology4
PSYC 1080Abnormal Psychology Seminar1
PSYC 2027Lifespan Development: Adolescence, Adulthood and Death2
Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements (minimum grade of C- required)
ENGL 2100Prose and Poetry (or other literature course)2
PHIL 2030WHealthcare Ethics3
SSCS 2040WPower, Inequality and Social Change4
THEO 2040WThe Sacramental Life3
Total Credits67
1

These courses, with the exception of PSYC 1000, must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the University to be considered for transfer.