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Program Requirements

Associate in Applied Science Degree - PTA.AAS.C30

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares students to be entry-level physical therapist assistants who function effectively in an ever-changing healthcare environment. This two-year Associate in Applied Science program consists of five consecutive semesters of classroom and clinical education with a strong emphasis on professional standards. As a cohort, students progress from classroom to clinical experiences in a variety of physical therapy settings. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing examination. This degree typically is not designed for transfer.

Learn more: email advising@kcc.edu, phone 815-802-8500.

Program Director: Jessica Corbus, email jcorbus@kcc.edu, phone 815-802-8816.

Physical Therapist Assistant major (16 courses)
Credit hours: 54

PHTA courses must be completed in the order shown in the course sequence and must be completed with a grade of C or better.

  • PHTA 1101 – Introduction to Health Care*
  • PHTA 1115 – PTA Fundamentals I*
  • PHTA 1133 – PTA Fundamentals II*
  • PHTA 1172 – Pathology I for the PTA*
  • PHTA 1243 – Manual Therapy for the PTA*
  • PHTA 1246 – Kinesiology*
  • PHTA 1272 – Pathology II for the PTA*
  • PHTA 2001 – Professional Standards of the PTA*
  • PHTA 2053 – PTA Clinical Practicum I*
  • PHTA 2145 – Orthopedics for the PTA*
  • PHTA 2156 – PTA Fundamentals III*
  • PHTA 2185 – PTA Fundamentals IV*
  • PHTA 2293 – PTA Fundamentals V*
  • PHTA 2224 – PTA Clinical Practicum II*
  • PHTA 2234 – PTA Clinical Practicum III*
  • PHTA 2201 – Current Issues in PT Practice*

General Education (5 courses)
Credit hours: 17

Complete all four sub-requirements. Courses must be taken prior to or within the semester where they are shown in the course sequence. They must be completed with a grade of C or better.

1. Communications – 6 credit hours

  • ENGL 1613 – English I*
  • SPCH 1553 – Introductory Speech*

2. Laboratory Science –8 credit hours

  • BIOL 2644 – Anatomy & Physiology I*
  • BIOL 2654 – Anatomy & Physiology II*

3. Social and Behavioral Science -3 credit hours

  • PSYC 1813 – Introduction to Psychology*

Minimum credit hours required for completion: 71

Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. — Suggested course sequence
PHTA courses must be taken in sequence.

Fall semester first year
​Course Credit hours​
ENGL 1613 English I*
BIOL 2644 Anatomy & Physiology I*
PHTA 1101 Introduction to Healthcare*
PHTA 1115 PTA Fundamentals I*
PHTA 1133 PTA Fundamentals II* 3
PHTA 1172 Pathology I for the PTA* 2

Spring semester first year
​Course Credit hours​
BIOL 2654 Anatomy & Physiology II* 4
PSYC 1813 Introduction to Psychology* 3
PHTA 1243 Manual Therapy for the PTA* 3
PHTA 1246 Kinesiology*​ 6
PHTA1272 Pathology II for the PTA* 2

Interim and Summer term
​Course ​Credit hours
SPCH 1553 Introductory Speech* 3
PHTA 2001 Professional Standards of the PTA* 1
PHTA 2053 PTA Clinical Practicum I* 3

Fall semester second year
Course ​Credit hours
PHTA 2145 Orthopedics for the PTA* 5
PHTA 2156 PTA Fundamentals III* 6
PHTA 2185 PTA Fundamentals IV* 5

Spring semester second year
Course ​Credit hours
PHTA 2293 PTA Fundamentals V* 3
PHTA 2224 Clinical Practicum II* 4
PHTA 2234 Clinical Practicum III* 4
PHTA 2201 Current Issues in PT Practice* 1

*Course has prerequisite.

Additional Program Information

Each student in this program must have a physical exam, criminal background check without disqualifying conviction, negative drug screen, and current CPR certification for the healthcare provider (adult/child/infant CPR/AED).

The curriculum of record for students applying to, but not yet accepted into, competitive entry health careers programs will be the Associate in General Studies.​