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PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT - EXTENDED TRACK (PART-TIME: SEMESTERS 3 - 6; FULL-TIME: SEMESTERS 7-8)

DEGREE: Associate in Health Science

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.

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.

One-Plus-One: The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is arranged as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I students take their general education requirements. Phase II covers the physical therapy content and may be completed full-time over 4 successive semesters or via an Extended Track option over 6 semesters. Clinical affiliations may be in South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for state licensure. The student must pass this exam to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

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 Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Prior Experience/Observation - Minimum twenty hours of observation in at least two different types of physical therapy facilities
  3. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0
  4. Current CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  5. Medical Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

General Education Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
MAT 110 College Algebra 3 0 3
OR
MAT 120 Probability And Statistics 3 0 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
15 3 16

Required Major Core Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
PTH 115 Pathology for Physical Therapist Assistants 3 0 3
PTH 118 Physical Agents & Modalities 3 3 4
PTH 226 Therapeutic Exercises 2 3 3
PTH 234 Clinical Education I 0 9 3
PTH 242 Orthopedic Management 3 3 4
PTH 246 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 3 6 5
PTH 264 Clinical Education II 0 15 5
PTH 274 Clinical Education III 0 15 5
14 54 32

Other Hours Required for Graduation


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
CPT 170 Microcomputer Applications 3 0 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3 0 3
PSY 203 Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
PTH 101 Physical Therapy Professional Preparation 2 0 2
PTH 102 Introduction to Physical Therapy 1 3 2
PTH 105 Introduction to Kinesiology 2 3 3
PTH 220 Patient Assessment Techniques 3 3 4
PTH 228 Manual Therapy Techniques 1 3 2
PTH 270 Special Topics in Physical Therapy 3 0 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3 0 3
30 15 35
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  83

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
MAT 110 College Algebra 3 0 3
OR
MAT120Probability And Statistics 3 0 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
18 3 19

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
CPT 170 Microcomputer Applications 3 0 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3 0 3
PSY 203 Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3 0 3
15 3 16

SEMESTER 3 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
PTH 102 Introduction to Physical Therapy 1 3 2
PTH 105 Introduction to Kinesiology 2 3 3
3 6 5

SEMESTER 4 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
PTH 101 Physical Therapy Professional Preparation 2 0 2
PTH 220 Patient Assessment Techniques 3 3 4
PTH 228 Manual Therapy Techniques 1 3 2
6 6 8

SEMESTER 5 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
PTH 115 Pathology for Physical Therapist Assistants 3 0 3
PTH 118 Physical Agents & Modalities 3 3 4
6 3 7

SEMESTER 6 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
PTH 226 Therapeutic Exercises 2 3 3
PTH 234 Clinical Education I 0 9 3
2 12 6

SEMESTER 7 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
PTH 242 Orthopedic Management 3 3 4
PTH 246 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 3 6 5
6 9 9

SEMESTER 8 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
PTH 264 Clinical Education II 0 15 5
PTH 270 Special Topics in Physical Therapy 3 0 3
PTH 274 Clinical Education III 0 15 5
3 30 13
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  83

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person: Gregg Forlini

Waiting List: No

Local Starting Salary: $34,000.00

Local Average Salary: $39,500.00

National Starting Salary: $32,500.00

National Average Salary: $40,500.00