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Program Requirements

Associate in Applied Science Degree - PTA.AAS.C30

This 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.

For program entry requirements, consult a KCC advisor, and also see Information on Health Career Programs  and read the minimum abilities requirements. Save and/or print this fillable eligibility check sheet.

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 (14 courses)
Credit hours: 47

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. PHTA courses must be completed in the order shown in the course sequence.

  • PHTA  1101 – Introduction to Health Care*
  • PHTA  1115 – PTA Fundamentals I*
  • PHTA  1224 – Kinesiology* 
  • PHTA  1234 – PTA Fundamentals II*
  • PHTA  2001 – Professional Standards of the PTA*
  • PHTA  2043 – Pathology for the PTA*
  • PHTA  2053 – Clinical Practicum I*
  • PHTA  2164 – Orthopedics for the PTA*
  • PHTA  2175 – PTA Fundamentals III*
  • PHTA  2185 – PTA Fundamentals IV*
  • PHTA  2293 – PTA Fundamentals V*
  • PHTA  2224 – Clinical Practicum II*
  • PHTA  2234 – Clinical Practicum III*
  • PHTA  2201 – Current Issues in PT Practice*

General Education (7 courses)
Credit hours: 24

Complete all four sub-requirements. All general education courses must be taken prior to or within the semester where they are shown in the course sequence.

1. Communications – 6 credit hours

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

2. Laboratory Science – 12 credit hours

  • BIOL  2644 – Anatomy & Physiology I* 1
  • BIOL  2654 – Anatomy & Physiology II* 1
  • PSCI  1514 – Introduction to Physical Science* 1,2

3. Social and Behavioral Science – 3 credit hours

  • PSYC 1813 – Introduction to Psychology*

4. Elective – 3 credit hours

  • CHOOSE ONE of the following: HLTH 1513 – Nutrition*; PSYC 2573 – Adulthood and aging*; or an IAI general education core course not previously taken for the PTA curriculum.

Minimum credit hours required for completion: 71

*Course has prerequisite.

1Must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

2May substitute CHEM 1504 - Basic Chemistry* or higher college level chemistry* and PHYS 1514 - General Physics I* or higher college level physics*.

Suggested course sequence

PHTA courses must be taken in sequence.

Fall semester first year
ENGL 1613* 3 cr.hrs.
BIOL 2644* 4 cr.hrs.
PSCI  1514* cr.hrs.
PHTA 1101* 1 cr.hrs.
PHTA 1115* 5 cr.hrs.

Spring semester first year
SPCH 1553* 3 cr.hrs.
BIOL 2654* 4 cr.hrs.
PSYC 1813* 3 cr.hrs.
PHTA 1224* cr.hrs.
PHTA 1234*  cr.hrs.

Interim and Summer term
PHTA 2001* 1 cr.hrs.
PHTA 2043* 3 cr.hrs.
PHTA 2053* 3 cr.hrs.

Fall semester second year
Elective 3 cr.hrs.
PHTA 2164* 4 cr.hrs.
PHTA 2175* cr.hrs.
PHTA 2185* 5 cr.hrs.

Spring semester second year
PHTA 2293* 3 cr.hrs.
PHTA 2224* 4 cr.hrs.
PHTA 2234* 4 cr.hrs.
PHTA 2201* 1 cr.hrs.


*Course has prerequisite.

Additional Program Information

The KCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org/.

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 health care provider. 

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.

Program Notes

This curriculum is being reviewed in anticipation of revisions. Consult a Health Careers advisor for details.