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					Physical therapist
    Assistant
 Description                                                                  Additional Information
 Physical Therapist Assistants, under the direction and supervision           Applicants to certain programs should be aware
 of a physical therapist, assist with specific components of treatment        that a criminal background check may be required
 interventions. Their duties may include a variety of interventions           while they are enrolled in the program, or as a
 including therapeutic exercises, functional training in both self-care and   condition of employment in the field; certain
 work reintegration, use of adaptive equipment, wound management,             internship and/or practicum sites, such as health
 and the use of physical agents. They attain their requisite skills through   care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges
 extensive academic and clinical education. The Physical Therapist            to those who have a prior or current criminal
 Assistant program is competency-based and provides sequential                record; and certain licensing boards may refuse
 learning experiences progressing from theoretical to applied using           to issue a license to practice based upon prior or
 patient simulations in the laboratory and finally to actual patient          current criminal offense(s).
 treatments in clinical education centers. During clinical education
 courses, students may practice at facilities throughout Maine under          To learn more about whether the program or
 the supervision of clinical instructors.                                     profession in which you are interested has such
                                                                              requirements or limitations, please see the
 Applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant program should be
                                                                              Department Chair.
 aware that physical therapist assistants are involved in the provision
 of direct care to patients. Under the supervision of a physical therapist,
 the physical therapist assistant may be responsible for selected             Educational Outcomes
 procedural interventions, data collection, and communication,                Upon successful completion of the Physical
 including written documentation associated with the completion of            Therapist Assistant program, the graduate is
 the intervention. The physical therapist assistant must also be able to      expected to:
 make judgments and modifications regarding the safety and comfort of
 the patient having the intervention. Therefore, the student must have          •   Possess knowledge to become successfully
 observational, communication, motor, cognitive, psychosocial, and                  credentialed as a Physical Therapist
 behavioral abilities sufficient to carry out the above responsibilities.           Assistant.
 Technical accommodation can be made available for some disabilitites
 in some of these areas, but a student must be able to perform in a             •   Competently and safely practice as an entry
 reasonably independent manner.                                                     level Physical Therapist Assistant.

 Program Mission                                                                •   Demonstrate professional behaviors as an
                                                                                    entry level Physical Therapist Assistant.
 The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kennebec
 Valley Community College is to provide the opportunity for an education      Career Opportunities
 to prepare students for licensure and safe practice as physical therapist
 assistants. Physical therapy is a growing and changing health care           Typical settings include: Hospitals, Community
 field which requires practitioners who can adapt to change and are           Health Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Pediatric
 socialized into lifelong learning. The program assumes a responsibility      Facilities, Nursing Homes, Private Practices,
 for developing a skilled work force to help meet the dynamic physical        Outpatient Clinics, Sports Medicine Clinics, and
 therapy needs of the community and to enhance the quality of existing        Home Care Agencies.
 physical therapy services. Through a cooperative effort with clinical
 education centers, the Physical Therapist Assistant program offers an
 opportunity for the students to develop necessary knowledge, skills,
 and professional behaviors to attain an Associate in Applied Science
 Degree in Physical Therapy.


                                         KEnnEbEc VAllEy coMMunity collEgE
                                92 Western Avenue                                    Phone: (207) 453-5035
                                Fairfield, ME 04937-1367                            Website: www.kvcc.me.edu
               Physical therapist Assistant
Associate in Applied Science Degree
         Course # Course Title                                            Credits         Prerequisites (Co-requisites)
         FIrST SEMESTEr
__ __    BIO213      Anatomy and Physiology I..................................4 ..... HS Biology within past 5 years
__ __    ENG101      College Composition ..........................................3 ..... Placement test
__ __    PSY101      Introduction to Psychology .................................3
__ __    PTS105      Self-Paced Medical Terminology for PTAs ........1 ..... Enrolled in PTA program
__ __    PTS107      Introduction to Kinesiology .................................2 ..... (BIO213, PTS111)
__ __    PTS111      Physical Therapy I..............................................4 ..... Enrolled in PTA program
         SECOnD SEMESTEr
__ __    BIO214      Anatomy and Physiology II.................................4 ..... Minimum grade of “C” in BIO213
__ __    COM104      Introduction to Communication ..........................3
__ __    PTS112      Physical Therapy II.............................................4 ..... BIO213, PTS105, PTS107, PTS111 (BIO214,
                                                                                             PTS116, PTS117)
__ __    PTS116      Pathology ...........................................................3 ..... BIO213, PTS105, PTS107, PTS111 (BIO214,
                                                                                                  PTS112, PTS117)
__ __    PTS117      Kinesiology .........................................................3 ..... BIO213, PTS105, PTS107, PTS111 (BIO214,
                                                                                                  PTS112, PTS116)
         SuMMEr SESSIOn
__ __    PTS120      PTA Clinical Education I .....................................4 ..... BIO214, PTS105, PTS107, PTS111, PTS112, PTS116,
                                                                                           PTS117, current CPR certification, all required
                                                                                           immunizations, titers, and proof of immunity
         ThIrD SEMESTEr
__ __    MAT117      College Algebra ..................................................3 ..... Placement test
__ __    PSY215      Developmental Psychology ................................3 ..... PSY101
__ __    PTS211      Physical Therapy III ............................................4 ..... PTS112, PTS120
__ __    PTS215      Neuroscience .....................................................3 ..... BIO213, BIO214, PTS112, PTS116 (PTS211)
__ __    _______     Humanities Elective............................................3
         FOurTh SEMESTEr
__ __    PTS218      PTA Clinical Education II ....................................6 ..... PTS120, PTS211, PTS215, all required general
                                                                                           ed. courses (current CPR certification, all required
                                                                                           immunizations, titers, and proof of immunity)
__ __    PTS220      PTA Clinical Education III ...................................6 ..... PTS218 (current CPR certification, all required
                                                                                           immunizations, titers, and proof of immunity)
__ __    PTS222      PTA Seminar ......................................................1 ..... PTS218
                     TOTAl CrEDITS .............................................67

Criteria for Graduation
Students must complete 67 credits in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, achieve a minimum grade of “C,” or “PASS”
criteria, in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.00 or higher. Most states, including Maine, require licensure to practice as
a physical therapist assistant. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant Licensing Examination.

                                                                                                                       Revised: May 6, 2011


        Kennebec Valley Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer.
         For more information, please call John Delile, Dean of Finance and Administration, at (207) 453-5123.

				
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