Sequence of Courses

Sequence for completion of Physical Therapist Assistant program coursework.

Required Prerequisite Course

(Students take these courses prior to enrolling in the program.)

  • PTA 100, Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant (offered online in Fall, Spring and Summer)
  • BIO 430 & 431, Anatomy & Physiology, or equivalent courses, within 10 years
  • English 300 or ESL 340, College Composition

General Education Courses Required for PTA Program, and Graduation Requirements

(Students take these courses prior to, or during, their enrollment in the program.)

Students should consult with their counselor to create an educational plan for completing the general education courses required for the program:

  • PSYC 370 or FCS 324
  • SOC 300 or ANTH 310
  • FCS 340 or NUTRI 300 or HEED 300

as well as the College Graduation Requirements.

It is advisable to take these courses prior to the program, or during the first year. Clinical affiliations during the second year of the program preclude daytime coursework, so students must plan accordingly.

Sequence of Courses Following Enrollment in the Program
SemesterCourseTypical ScheduleUnits
Fall of first year 
PTA 110Kinesiology for PTA StudentsTue eve. (16 wks) 3
PTA 111Kinesiology Lab for PTA StudentsWed and Thurs eve. (16 wks)2
AH 100Professional Ethics for Health Team Members (May be taken prior to enrollment)Online course1
Spring of first year
PTA 120Beginning ProceduresTue and Wed eve. (16 wks)3.5
PTA 121Disorders IThurs eve. (16 wks)3
AH 106Communication for Allied Health Careers (May be taken prior to enrollment)Variable scheduling (6 wks)2
Summer 
PTA 122Introduction to Clinical Practice40 hours a week for 3 weeks3
PTA 130Intermediate ProceduresTues and Thurs eve (6 wks)1
Fall of 2nd year
PTA 140Therapeutic ExerciseMon and Wed eve (10 wks)3
PTA 141Disorders IITues eve (10 wks)2
PTA 142Clinical Practicum I40 hrs a week for last 6+ wks (243 hours)4.5
Spring of 2nd year
PT A 150Functional Activities & GaitTues and Thurs eve (10 wks) 3
PTA 151Advanced ProceduresMon eve (10 wks)1
PTA 152Clinical Practicum II40 hrs a week for last 6+ wks (243 hours)4.5
PTA 153Professional Issues in Physical TherapyOnline course1