Morgan Community College

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

Physical therapy is an occupation for caring professionals who enjoy helping clients decrease pain, increase function, and reach their maximum physical potential and optimum health. The Physical Therapist Assistant works under the supervision of a physical therapist in various areas of rehabilitation, wellness, and prevention of injuries.

Designated as a Program of Excellence for 2000 by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the program has been continuously accredited since the first graduating class of 1991 by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association. CAPTE can be contacted at:

CAPTE

1111 North Fairfax Street,

Alexandria, VA 22314-1488

1-800-999-2782

or via email at accreditation@apta.org

The curriculum combines academic and specialized occupational courses with a strong emphasis on clinical experiences. As a PTA student, you will work under the close supervision of a physical therapist and may spend time in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, home health programs, or private practice offices to gain understanding and practice in the physical therapist assistant profession.

PTA Program Admission Requirements

  • Score 60 or more on Elementary Algebra ACCUPLACER® , or pass MAT 107 or higher
  • Score 95 or more on Sentence Skills/English ACCUPLACER®.
  • Score 80 or more on Reading ACCUPLACER®.
  • Work or observe 100 hours in a PT setting
  • Provide three recommendations (employer, instructor, and non-relative character references)
  • Interview with PTA Program Director and submit an application and copies of all transcripts (Official transcripts must be received by the MCC Registrar before Fall semester of Year One)

Meet with Health Occupations Advisor, Gwen Steffen at (970) 542-3224 for information on required clinical/documents (immunizations, TB test, Professional CPR card, criminal background check, drug screen, liability insurance, and clinical ID badge)

See DISQUALIFYING OFFENSES at http://www.MorganCC.edu/docs/disqualifyingoffenses2010.pdf

Although possession and use of marijuana for certain medical conditions consistent with the requirements of the Colorado Constitution is no longer a crime in the State of Colorado, The possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana continues to be prohibited for students seeking admission or enrolled in a health program at Morgan Community College. Therefore a student with a drug screening showing positive for use of marijuana is ineligible for admission and/or continuance in program.

  • In addition to all the above requirements, the prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress before the student is considered an "eligible applicant" for Fall enrollment into the MCC PTA Program.

Applications to the PTA program are available by contacting the Program Director or the Health Occupations Advisor. Application Priority Deadline is January 15th of each year. Students are admitted to the program each Fall in the order which they become "eligible applicants" - until seats are filled. Students are admitted to the program each Fall in the order in which they become "eligible applicants" – until seats are filled. (Other "eligible applicants" are placed on a wait list.)

Contact the Program Director, Doug Smith, PTA, at (970) 542-3226 or by email: doug.smith@morgancc.edu

PTA Program Requirements

If taken full-time, the program is 5 semesters in length. The courses needed to graduate total 72 credits. Upon completion, the graduate is awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Students who cannot devote full-time to the program should spread the program over three years by taking some or all of the general education courses before beginning the five semester sequence of technical courses.

For successful program completion, a grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all required courses. Comprehensive exams must be passed each year. The graduate is awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. Medicare now requires PTA’s to pass licensure.

Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE

IN PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Course

Course Title

Credits

PREREQUISITE COURSES (6 Credits)

BIO 201

Human Anatomy & Physiology I: SC1

4

HPR 178

Medical Terminology

2

Prerequisites must be completed before Fall Semester of Year One

YEAR ONE

Fall Semester (17 Credits)

BIO 202

Human Anatomy & Physiology II: SC1

4

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

HPR 117

Anatomical Kinesiology

3

PTA 110

Basic Patient Care Skills in Physical Therapy

5

PTA 115

Principles and Practices of Physical Therapy

2

Spring Semester (14 Credits)

PTA 124

Rehab Principles of Medical Mgmt I

2

PTA 134

Rehab Principles of Medical Mgmt II

2

PTA 120

Modalities in Physical Therapy

5

PTA 140

Clinical Kinesiology

5

YEAR TWO

Summer Semester (7 Credits)

PSY 101

General Psychology I: SS3

3

PTA 280

PTA Internship I

4

Fall Semester (16 Credits)

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

3

PSY 235

Human Growth & Development: SS3

3

PTA 230

Orthopedic Assessment & Management Techniques

5

PTA 240

Neurologic Assessment & Management Techniques

5

Spring Semester (12 Credits)

PTA 278

Physical Therapy Seminar

2

PTA 281

PTA Internship II

5

PTA 282

PTA Internship III

5

TOTAL CREDITS

(including prerequisites)

72

M_AAS_PTA Approved by CCCS



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2013-2014 Morgan Community College Catalog w/March 2014 Addendum

Additions, Changes, Deletions, and Corrections

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

CATALOG INFORMATION

ACCREDITATION

ABOUT MCC, GOVERNANCE, MISSION & HISTORY

MAPS, DIRECTIONS, ADDRESSES & LOCATIONS

ADMISSIONS

ASSESSMENT

ADVISING

REGISTRATION

TUITION CLASSIFICATION

PRIVACY

COURSE OPTIONS

GRADES AND GRADING

ACADEMIC STANDING AND ACADEMIC RENEWAL

GRADUATION POLICIES

STUDENT RECORDS AND TRANSCRIPTS

TRANSFER FROM MCC

FINANCIAL AID

TUITION, FEES, PAYMENTS & REFUND POLICIES

STUDENT LIFE, ACTIVITIES, & SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

SAFETY ISSUES & NOTICES

COLLEGE CLOSURES

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

LEGAL NOTICES & CONSUMER INFORMATION

DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

Explanation of Types of Degrees & Certificates

Explanation of Statewide Articulation Agreements

Associate of Arts Degrees with Designation

Associate of Science Degrees with Designation

Other Agreements

AG/BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS

ASSOCIATE OF GENERAL STUDIES

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE

AUTOMOTIVE COLLISION TECHNOLOGY

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY

BUSINESS

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

FIRE SCIENCE

HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY

HUMAN RESOURCES

MASSAGE THERAPY

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

MULTIMEDIA

NURSE AIDE

NURSING

OFFICE SUPPORT SPECIALIST

PHLEBOTOMY

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

REAL ESTATE

SUPERVISION

WELDING

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Courses (Alphabetical)

AAA-Academic Achievement Strategies Courses

ABM-Agriculture & Business Management Courses

ACC-Accounting Courses

ACT-Automotive Collision Technology Courses

AGB-Agriculture Business

AGE-Agriculture Economics Courses

AGY- Agriculture Crop and Soils Courses

AME-Agriculture Mechanics Courses

ANT-Anthropology Courses

ART-Art Courses

ASE-Automotive Service Technology Courses

ASL-American Sign Language Courses

AST-Astronomy Courses

BIO-Biology Courses

BTE-Business Technologies Courses

BUS-Business Courses

CCR 091 College Composition and Reading Lab

CCR 092 College Composition and Reading

CCR 093 College Composition and Reading Studio D

CCR 094 College Composition and Reading Studio 121

CHE-Chemistry Courses

CIS-Computer Information Systems Courses

COM-Communication Courses

CRJ-Criminal Justice Courses

CSC-Computer Science Courses

CSL-Counseling Courses

ECE-Early Childhood Education Courses

ECO-Economics Courses

EDU-Education Courses

EMS-Emergency Medical Services Courses

ENG-English Courses

ENV-Environmental Science Courses

ESL-English as a Second Language Courses

FST-Fire Science Technology Courses

Foreign Language Courses***

GEO-Geography Courses

GEY-Geology Courses

HHP-Holistic Health Professional Courses

HIS-History Courses

HPR-Health Professional Courses

HUM-Humanities Courses

HWE-Health and Wellness Courses

JOU-Journalism Courses

LIT-Literature Courses

MAN-Management Courses

MAR-Marketing Courses

MAT-Mathematics Courses

MGD-Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

MOT-Medical Office Technology Courses

MST-Massage Therapy Courses

MUS-Music Courses

NUA-Nursing Assistant Courses

NUR-Nursing Courses

PED-Physical Education Courses

PER-Physical Education Recreation Courses

PHI-Philosophy Courses

PHY-Physics Courses

POS-Political Science Courses

PSY-Psychology Courses

PTA-Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

RAM-Range Management Courses

REA-Reading Courses

REE-Real Estate Courses

RTE-Radiologic Technology Courses

SCI-Science Courses

SOC-Sociology Courses

SPA-Spanish Language Courses

SVT-Sport Vehicle Technology Courses

THE-Theatre Courses

WEL-Welding Courses

Course Numbering System

Credit Hours

Course Prerequisites

Course Co-requisites

Guaranteed Transfer Courses (GT/gtPathways)

Internship/Clinical/ Practicum/Service Learning/Cooperative Education Work Experience Courses

Special Topics: Seminars, Workshops (175-178 and 275-278)

Prefix Discipline/Program Area

PERSONNEL/STAFF DIRECTORY

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