Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Curriculum

79 credits

General Education Requirements
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
ENGL 2010Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA) (preferred)3-4
or MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA)
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS) (GC)
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)3
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.
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Spring SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
PTA 1010 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
HLOC 1000 Medical Terminology 2
3rd Year
Fall Semester
PTA 2010 Kinesiology 2
PTA 2011 Kinesiology Lab 2
PTA 2110 Fundamentals Physical Therapy 2
PTA 2111 Fundamentals Physical Therapy Lab 2
PTA 2400 Clinical Pathology 2
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC) 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
Spring Semester
PTA 2000 Practice Issues 2
PTA 2200 Physical Agents 2
PTA 2201 Physical Agents Lab 2
PTA 2210 Observation & Measurement 2
PTA 2211 Observation & Measurement Lab 2
PTA 2300 Orthopedic Rehabilitation 2
PTA 2301 Orthopedic Rehabilitation Lab 2
FSHD 1500
Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS) (GC)
Summer Semester
PTA 2605 Clinical Practicum 4
4th Year
Fall Semester
PTA 2410 Special Clientele 2
PTA 2411 Special Clientele Lab 1
PTA 2520 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 2
PTA 2521 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Lab 2
PTA 2530 Seminar 4
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA) 3
Spring Semester
PTA 2705 Clinical Affiliation I 6
PTA 2805 Clinical Affiliation II 6
 Total Hours81