Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Associate in Applied Science Degree - PTA.AAS.C30

The Physical Therapist Assistant 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 theminimum abilities requirements. Save and/or print this fillable eligibility check sheet.

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

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

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

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  1133 – PTA Fundamentals II
  • * PHTA  1172 – Pathology I for the PTA
  • * PHTA  1143 – Manual Therapy for the PTA
  • * PHTA  1146 – 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

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. 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 – 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

*Course has prerequisite. .

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

Fall semester first year

*ENGL

1613

English I

3 cr.hrs.

*BIOL

2644

Anatomy & Physiology I

4 cr.hrs.

*PHTA

1101

Introduction to Healthcare

1 cr.hrs.

*PHTA

1115

PTA Fundamentals I

5 cr.hrs.

*PHTA

1133 

PTA Fundamentals II

 3 cr.hrs.

*PHTA

1172

Pathology I for the PTA 

 2 cr.hrs.

Spring semester first year

*BIOL

2654

Anatomy & Physiology II

4 cr.hrs.

*PSYC

1813

Introduction to Psychology

3 cr.hrs.

*PHTA

1243

Manual Therapy for the PTA

cr.hrs.

*PHTA

1246

Kinesiology

cr.hrs.

*PHTA 1272 Pathology II for the PTA 

 2 cr.hrs.

Interim and Summer term

*SPCH

1553 

Introductory Speech 

cr.hrs.

*PHTA

2001

Professional  Standards of the PTA

cr.hrs.

*PHTA

2053

PTA Clinical Practicum I

3 cr.hrs.

Fall semester second year

*PHTA

2145

Orthopedics for the PTA

4cr.hrs.

*PHTA

2156

PTA Fundamentals III

cr.hrs.

*PHTA

2185

PTA Fundamentals IV

5 cr.hrs.

Spring semester second year

*PHTA

2293

PTA Fundamentals V

3 cr.hrs.

*PHTA

2224

Clinical Practicum II

4 cr.hrs.

*PHTA

2234

Clinical Practicum III

4 cr.hrs.

*PHTA

2201

Current Issues in PT Practice

1 cr.hrs.

*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 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.