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Physical Therapist Assistant - Full-time Degree

Health and Sciences Division

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Mission

To prepare students to become licensed to work as physical therapist assistants. Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide treatment to reduce physical disability, movement dysfunction and pain, and to promote optimal health and function.

Description

Florence-Darlington Technical College is collaborating with Greenville Technical College to offer the Physical Therapist Assistant program. All of the courses are taught at FDTC; however, the program is under the direction of GTC. Physical therapy is a health profession which involves direct patient care of individuals who experience temporary or permanent disability due to pain, injury, disease or birth defects. Job opportunities in hospitals and rehabilitation centers are excellent, especially if the graduate is willing to relocate. Working under the supervision of a physical therapist, the physical therapist assistant works to prevent pain and disability, relieve pain, promote healing, and improve function. Beginning students should have excellent verbal and math skills. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is arranged as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I includes all of the general education and related courses. Upon successful completion of all Phase I courses, qualified students are eligible to apply to Phase II, which covers academic and clinical physical therapist assistant coursework. This phase may be completed full-time over 4 successive semesters or via an Extended Track option over 6 semesters. Clinical course assignments during Phase II may require students to travel and arrange temporary accommodations away from home. Graduates of this program must pass a national licensure exam to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

Algebra I, Biology

(Recommended: Chemistry, Physics)

College None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED

Yes

Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

No

Prior Experience/Observation

Attendance at Career Talk is required within first semester of Phase I.

Yes

Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0

Yes

Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Yes

First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

Yes

MMR Immunization or Titer

Yes

Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer

Yes

Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray

Yes

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Yes

Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.

No

Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

No

Negative Drug Screen

No

Satisfactory Background Check

No

Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.

No

Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.

No

Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

No

Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

No

Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

No

Curriculum Completion Requirement

No

Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.

No

Dismissal Policy

No

Re-entry Policy

No

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 as well as a grade of C or better is required for admission into Phase II. Students who make a D, F, or W in any course the third time will become ineligible to continue in the PTA program.

Admission into Phase II is via application to Greenville Technical College and the PTA Program. To be eligible a student must (1) submit a complete Intent Packet by March 31 in the year they wish to begin Phase II and (2) complete all Phase I courses by the end of spring semester in the year they wish to begin Phase II. One new Phase II class is begun each Fall Semester.

After acceptance into Phase II, before beginning clinical coursework the student must submit a physical exam with documentation of required immunizations. Besides the requirements stated above, there will be weighted admission requirements for entrance into Phase II which are available through the PTA Advisor. Additional Requirements for Phase II Students: 1. Meet requirements for Phase I 2. Meet all program requirements identified by Physical Therapist Assistant faculty 3. Physical examination by a licensed physician indicating good physical and mental health 4. Submit documentation of CPR certification 5. Submit a criminal background check form.