Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

79 credits

The Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree has three basic components:

  1. General Education Requirements
  2. Program Prerequisites
  3. Discipline Core Requirements

Graduation Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (preferred)3-4
or MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication3
Program Prerequisites
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
HLOC 1000Medical Terminology2
PTA 1010Introduction to Physical Therapy2

NOTE: Students who have completed BIOL 2320, BIOL 2325, BIOL 2420, and BIOL 2425 can fulfill GE Life Science and GE Laboratory Science by taking BIOL 1300 Evolution & Ecology (1)

Discipline Core Requirements
Semester I
PTA 2010Kinesiology2
PTA 2011Kinesiology Lab2
PTA 2110Fundamentals Physical Therapy2
PTA 2111Fundamentals Physical Therapy Lab2
PTA 2400Clinical Pathology2
Semester II
PTA 2000Practice Issues2
PTA 2200Physical Agents2
PTA 2201Physical Agents Lab2
PTA 2210Observation & Measurement2
PTA 2211Observation & Measurement Lab2
PTA 2300Orthopedic Rehabilitation2
PTA 2301Orthopedic Rehabilitation Lab2
Semester III
PTA 2605Clinical Practicum4
Semester IV
PTA 2410Special Clientele2
PTA 2411Special Clientele Lab1
PTA 2520Neuromuscular Rehabilitation2
PTA 2521Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Lab2
PTA 2530Seminar4
Semester V
PTA 2705Clinical Affiliation I6
PTA 2805Clinical Affiliation II6

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 79 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  4. Minimum 2.7 GPA in Program Prerequisite courses.
  5. Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75 in Discipline Core Requirement courses.