Essential Abilities

Physical Therapist Assistant

Essential Abilities

Expectations for Computer, Hands-On, and Collaborative Learning

Our successful students have good reading, time management and study skills. Course materials, group activities, class discussions, and instructor office hours are primarily available through the internet and Moodle. Students must be comfortable with using a computer prior to starting the program.

PTA students will often work in groups to complete course activities and requirements. Our students should be willing to develop solution-seeking communication (verbal, non-verbal, and written) skills with a diverse group of students and faculty.

Expect to spend an average of 32+ hours a week completing course-related assignments and activities. Attendance in laboratory courses and on-campus presentations is mandatory. Laboratory classes include six to eight consecutive hours with a break for lunch, one-day a week. Additional on-campus days may be required. Students practice hands-on techniques with instructors and classmates at a level demonstrated by the instructor(s). Outside of class, students should expect to repeatedly practice techniques to learn and demonstrate learning and application of physical therapy skills and abilities. You should expect to attend supervised and open-lab sessions to achieve course learning outcomes.

During clinical internships, you will complete three, six-week full time (4-5 days per week, 7-8 hours per day) of clinical learning. Students may have to travel to more than 90 miles from the main college campus in order to complete these program requirements for graduation. There are no accommodations for outside employment or other individual student commitments which are outside of program requirements.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Resources to facilitate obtaining accommodations for classroom, laboratory, and internship activities.

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Expectations for Clinical Readiness

Our agreements with internship sites require students complete a criminal background check and drug screen. If you have concerns about barriers which may impact your ability to be eligible for an internship, you should contact the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Beth Thorpe before you apply.

Students must complete required immunizations, show proof of immunity to certain diseases and proof of health insurance to participate in clinical interships.