Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assisting
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a technically educated health provider who assists the Physical Therapist in the provision of physical therapy and may perform physical therapy interventions selected by the supervising Physical Therapist. The Physical Therapist Assistant works under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist, helping manage conditions such as back and neck injuries, sprains/strains, and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, birth defects, injuries related to work and sports, and others (American Physical Therapy Association).
Overview of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program
The South College Physical Therapist Assistant program is a 24-month program leading to an Associate of Science degree. PTA major courses must be completed in the designated order. Classes are taught in the morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday. Class schedules may change at the discretion of the institution. Students should be committed to considerable out of classroom preparation and study. Certain methods classes require off-campus site attendance. Clinical education internships are required and administered by South College and take place in a variety of health care delivery facilities in the Knoxville metropolitan area and beyond. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from these off campus educational sites. Students are responsible for costs associated with any emergency services needed while participating in off-site educational activities.
Students applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant program must accept the following:
- A felony conviction may affect ability to attain state licensure
- Failure to produce proof of the following may severely limit clinical placement (possibly increasing the overall length of the program) and future employment options:
- Negative TB test
- Hepatitis B vaccination or waiver
- CPR training
- Drug screening (increasingly required by internship sites)
- Health Insurance (increasingly required by internship sites)
- Commit to full attendance and participation in a rigorous educational progam, significant out of class preparation time, and clinical assignments off campus.
Prospective students transferring credit into the PTA program should consult with the Executive Vice President and PTA Department Chair regarding transferability of credit. This decision is final. There is no guarantee that transfer credit will be given for major curriculum courses. Students may not take major curriculum classes until official transcripts have been received to verify pre-requisites have been completed.