At a Glance:

Program Director: Denise Edwards
Denise Edwards, Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant
Phone: 404-225-4401
Email:
Campus: Main
Department: Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Health & Public Safety Technologies Division
, DPT, Ph.D
Email: dedwards@atlantatech.edu
Direct Line: (404) 225-4401

 

Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Overview

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION                                                                                                 

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are licensed to work with patients and admin­ister physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of licensed physical therapists. The duties of PTAs include imple­menting the plan of care and performing interventions using heat, cold, electricity, ultrasound, water, massage, therapeutic exercise, gait training, balance and coordina­tion, and functional activities. The program combines general education, health core curriculum, and specific occupational courses and clinical experience over five semesters of continuous full time study. As well as half-day clinical observations and laboratory experiences off campus, students will attend three full-time clinical rotations, two of four-week duration and one of seven-week duration. Students are wholly responsible for all transportation to and from clinical facilities and are financially responsible for their clinical uniforms and laboratory clothing. The program is offered on a full-time basis during daytime hours. There is no online option. The program admits 12 students once a year, with an application deadline of May 1st. Graduates receive the Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). Upon completion of the degree requirements, graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the state-administered national examination. Georgia requires licensure to be eligible for employment as a physical therapist assistant.

Once admitted, students must maintain current CPR certification and student membership with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) updated annually at the professional rescuer level, a documented medical examination, including an annual TB test, and maintains a C average or better to remain in good standing. Students are readmitted to the program upon successful completion of a readmission examination with a grade of 80% or higher.

Mission Statement

The mission of the physical therapist assistant program is to graduate culturally competent physical therapist assistants to work with the underserved population under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Accreditation

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Graduation Rate:                                          Board Pass Rate:

2014 - 83.3%                                               100%

2015 - 80%                                                  100%

Work Environment

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, the school system and home health.  Hours of work vary with each practice setting based on the needs of the facility. 

Nature of the Work

A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a licensed healthcare provider who is part of the healthcare team working under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist (PT).  PTAs assist patients to improve their function on order to be able to perform activities of daily living (ADLs).  A physical therapist assistant must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to appropriately interact with patients, coworkers and other members of the healthcare team and to be able to motivate patients to do their best.  The job of a physical therapist assistant may be physically demanding at times and may involve lifting.

Minimum Program Length: 5 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost: $9,069

Entrance Requirements

ADMISSIONS REQUIEMENTS

§   Must be eighteen (18) years of age.

§   Complete and sign application for admission and pay a nonrefundable fee to Atlanta Technical College Admissions Office.

§   Complete a Physical Therapist Assistant Program application for admission.

§   Submit letter of Intent/application to the ATC Physical Therapist Assistant program.  This form is included inside the PTA application packet.

§   Upon conditional acceptance into the program the student must submit criminal background check and Drug Test.  Provide a copy of valid American Heart Association CPR card (needs to be valid for program duration) along with application documents.  Criminal background checks and drug screen will be required at various intervals throughout the program as designated by the program faculty.

§   Attend Program Information Sessions (mandatory).  The Physical Therapist Assistant Program will host Information Sessions with detailed description of the program and the admission process. Student will gain useful information regarding program costs, program requirements, program course information etc.

§   Submit official High-School or GED transcripts and/or official college transcripts from all colleges attended in the past to the Admissions Office (see General Admissions Requirements).

Selection Process:  Weighting will be assigned to students who have completed college courses, and have a minimum grade of (B) in BIOL 2113 & Lab, BIOL 2114 & LAB, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, PHYS 1101 & Lab, and PSYC 1110.

In order to graduate from the PTA program, you must achieve at least a B in the following courses:

ENGL 1101: Composition and Rhetoric

PSYC 1101: Introduction of Psychology

MATH 1111: College Algebra

PHYS 1110: Conceptual Physics

PHYS 1110L: Conceptual Physics Lab

BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2114 with Labs: Anatomy & Physiology I and II

For students who have not taken college level courses: Weighting will be assigned to High School Graduates\\\\\\\' overall GPA, MATH and SCIENCE courses.

Requirements for transferring courses from another approved institution includes ensuring BIOL 2113 & Lab, BIOL 2114 & Lab, PHYS 1110 & Lab, are less than five (5) years old.

Valid COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, or ACT test scores comparable to the Associate Degree level.

Must have AVERAGE or above average score on the HOBET test within the last three (3) years.

Must be identified as Program Ready by Atlanta Technical College for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Additional Requirements for the competitive admissions process:

Attend a Physical Therapist Assistant program advisement session in the year for which admission is sought.

Complete a total of forty (40) hours of volunteer, observation, or work experience ideally in more than one physical therapy setting.

The program requires a full-time commitment from the student as classes are scheduled daily from 8:00am-6:00pm with some evening and/or weekend time commitments.

*If the above criteria are not met, an applicant\\\\\\\'s file cannot be processed for selection into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.*

Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at www.tcsg.org/tcsgpolicy/menu.html.

COMPLAINTS HANDLING POLICY AND PROCEDURES

1. OBJECTIVE OF THE POLICY

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Atlanta Technical College seeks to maintain and enhance our reputation of providing you with high quality services. We value complaints as they assist us to improve out services and customer service.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Atlanta Technical College is committed to being responsive to the needs and concerns of our customers or potential customers and to resolving your complaint as quickly as possible.

The policy has been designed to provide guidance to both our customers and staff on the manner in which the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Atlanta Technical College received and manages your compliant. We are committed to being consistent, fair and impartial when handling your compliant. The objective of this policy is to ensure: You are aware of our complaint lodgment and handling process, both you, our students and our staff understand our complaints handling process. Your complaint is investigated impartially with a balance view of all information or evidence. We take reasonable steps to actively protect your personal information. Your complaint is considered on its merit taking into account individual circumstances and needs.

2. DEFINITION OF A COMPLAINT

In this policy a complaint means an expression of dissatisfaction by a customer relating to services provided by us.

3. HOW A COMPLAINT CAN BE MADE

If you are dissatisfied with services provided by us, you should in the first instance consider speaking directly with the staff member/s you have been dealing with. If you are uncomfortable with this or consider the relevant staff member is unable to address your concerns you can lodge a complaint with us in one of the following ways:

By completing a feedback form on our website www.atlantatech.edu

By telephoning us on 404-225-4401

By emailing us at dedwards@atlantatech.edu

In person by speaking to any of our faculty and staff.

4. THE INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED TO TELL US

When we are investigating your complain we will be relying on information provided by you and information we may already be holding. We may need to contact you to clarify details or request additional information where necessary. To help us investigate our complaint quickly and efficiently we will ask you for the following information:

Your name and contact details,

The name of the person you have been dealing with about your services,

The nature of the complaint,

Details of any steps you have already taken to resolve the complaint,

Details of conversations you may have had with us that may be relevant to your complaint,

Copies of any documentation which supports you complaint.

5. HELP WHEN MAKING A COMPLAINT

The person receiving or managing your complaint should provide you with any assistance you may need to make your complaint. However if you consider you need further assistance please contact: Denise Edwards at dedwards@atlantatech.edu and/or 404-225-4401

6. RECORDING COMPLAINT

When taking a complaint, we will record your name and contact details. We will also record all details of your complaint including the facts and the cause/s of your complaint, the outcome and any action taken following the investigation of your complaint. We will also record all dates and times relating to action taken to resolve the complaint and communication between us.

As part of our on-going improvement plan, complaints will be monitored for any identifying trends by management and rectification/remedial action taken to mitigate and identified issues.

If you lodge a complaint we will record your personal information solely for the purposes of addressing your complaint. Your personal details will actively be protected from disclosure, unless you expressly consent to its disclosure.

7. FEEDBACK TO CUSTOMERS

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Atlanta Technical College is committed to resolving your issues at the first point of contact, however, this will not be possible in all circumstances, in which case a more formal complaint process will be following.

We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within three (3) business days. Once your complaint has been received, we will undertake an initial review of your complaint.

There may be circumstances during the initial review or investigation of your complaint where we may need to clarify certain aspects of your complaint or request additional documentation from you. In such circumstances we will explain the purpose of seeking clarification or additional documentation and provide you with feedback on the status of your complaint at the time.

We are committed to resolving your complaint within 10 business days of you lodging your complaint, however, this may not always be possible on every occasion. Where we have been unable to resolve your complaint within 10 business days, we will inform you of the reason for the delay and specify a date when we will be in a position to finalize your complaint.

During the initial review or investigation stage we may need to seek further clarification or documentation from you to assist us in resolving your complaint.

If we have sought clarification or additional documentation from you and we are waiting on you to provide this information, we may not be able to meet our 10 business day finalization commitment. In such circumstance upon receipt of your clarification or additional documentation we will indicate to you when we expect to be able to finalize your complaint.

Once we have finalized your complaint, we will advise you of our findings and any action we have taken. We will do this in writing, unless it has been mutually agreed that we can provide it to you verbally.

You have the right to make enquires about the current status of your complaint at any time by contacting us.

8. OUR SIX POINT COMPLAINT PROCESS

We acknowledge: Within three business days of receiving your complaint we will acknowledge receipt of your complaint.

We review: We undertake an initial review of your complaint and determine what if any additional information or documentation may be required to complete and investigation. We may need to contact you to clarify details or request additional information where necessary.

We investigate: Within 10 business days of receiving your complaint we will investigate your complaint objectively and impartially, by considering the information you have provided us, our action in relation to your dealing with us and any other information which may be available, that could assist us in investigating your complaint.

We respond: Following our investigation we will notify you of our findings and any action we may have taken in regards to your complaint.

We take action: Where appropriate we amend our business practices or policies.

We record: We will record your complaint for continuous improvement process and monitoring through regular review, your personal information will be recorded in accordance with relevant privacy legislation.

9. WHEN YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES

If you complain about a member of our staff, we will treat your complaint confidentially, impartially and equally (giving equal treatment to all people. We will investigate your complaint thoroughly by finding out the relevant facts, speaking with the relevant people and verifying explanations where possible.

We will also treat our staff member objectively by:

Informing them of any complaint about their performance

Providing them with an opportunity to explain the circumstances,

Providing them with appropriate support,

Updating them on the complaint investigation and the results.

10. COMPLAINTS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY A REGULATOR OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY

If your complaint is currently being investigated by a relevant federal, state or territory consumer protection regulator or law enforcement agency we may cease to take further action in relation to your complaint pending finalization of their investigation. We will assist any agency with their investigations.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
General Education Courses (27 hours)
MATH
1111
3
45
Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
3
45
Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.
Explores the philosophic and artistic heritage of humanity expressed through a historical perspective on visual arts, music, and literature. The humanities provide insight into people and society. Topics include historical and cultural developments, contributions of the humanities, and research.
PHYS
1110
3
45
Introduces some of the basic laws of physics. Topics include systems of units and conversion of units, vector algebra, Newtonian mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, heat, light, and optics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.
1
45
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in PHYS 1110. The laboratory exercises for this course include systems of units and systems of measurement, vector algebra, Newtonian mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, heat, light, and optics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.
3
45
Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.
Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
PSYC
2103
3
45
Emphasizes changes that occur during the human life cycle beginning with conception and continuing through late adulthood and death and emphasizes the scientific basis of our knowledge of human growth and development and the interactive forces of nature and nurture. Topics include but are not limited to theoretical perspectives and research methods, prenatal development and child birth, stages of development from infancy through late adulthood, and death and dying.
Occupational Courses (49 hours)

This course integrates knowledge from the liberal arts, behavioral and social sciences, and introduces students to the profession of physical therapy. Topics include professional responsibilities and core values; legal and ethical responsibilities in physical therapy practice; current trends in physical therapy; communication skills; cultural competency, health disparities and research and evidence-based practice..

3
90

This course integrates knowledge from the liberal arts - behavioral and social, and introduces students to basic patient care skills and administrative tasks in physical therapy. Topics include patient care skills; principles of teaching and learning; documentations skills; and administrative and management tasks.

This course introduces the principles and application techniques for various physical therapy interventions. Topics include superficial and deep thermal physical agents; athermal agents and electromagnetic radiation; therapeutic massage techniques; wound care and personal protection; and instruction in assessment techniques for sensory response.

PHTA
2110
4
90

This course provides a survey of injuries and diseases commonly treated by physical therapist assistants. Topics include review of systems; an examination of musculoskeletal system disorders and diseases; examination of general medical disorders and diseases; examination of circulation, respiration, and ventilation; recognition and response procedures for changes in physiologic status; and an overview of pharmacology for pain, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and GI system management.

This course introduces the basic concepts of functional anatomy and the study of human movement. This course also consolidates knowledge gained in physics, anatomy and physiology in the core sciences. Topics include an overview of kinesiology and the principles of biomechanics; examination of the neuro-muscular and musculo-skeletal systems; a review of muscle attachments, actions, and innervations; and instruction in assessment techniques for measuring joint range of motion.

This course provides continued instruction in the principles and application techniques for various physical therapy interventions. Topics include pain theories and assessment techniques; mechanical physical agents; electrotherapeutic physical agents; and adaptive, protective, and supportive devices.
PHTA
2120
3
105

This course provides instruction in exercises and rehabilitation techniques commonly utilized by physical therapist assistants. Topics include functional mobility and training; rehabilitation techniques for musculoskeletal disorders; gait training and assistive devices; home management, community, and work reintegration; and health promotion, wellness and prevention.

4
180

This course provides students with the opportunity to observe and practice skills learned in the classroom and laboratory [PHTA 1110, PHTA 1120, PHTA 1130, PHTA 1140, PHTA 2110, PHTA 2120, PHTA 2130] at various clinical settings for physical therapy practice. Students will be supervised by a clinical instructor who is either a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant. Topics include preparation of patients, treatment areas, and equipment; vital signs and sensory assessment; wound care and personal protection; transfers, body mechanics, and assistive devices; application of physical agents; goniometric measurements; therapeutic massage; interpersonal and communication skills; principles of teaching and learning; documentation; and modification of interventions within the plan of care.

PHTA
2160
3
105

This course provides continued instruction in exercises and rehabilitation techniques commonly utilized by physical therapist assistants. Topics include rehabilitation of the neurological patient; rehabilitation of the pediatric patient; cardiac rehabilitation and chest physical therapy techniques; prosthetic and orthotic training; and the assessment of arousal, attention, and cognition.

PHTA
2150
4
105

This course provides continued instruction on diseases and conditions commonly treated by physical therapist assistants with an emphasis on neurological conditions. Topics include a review of neuro-anatomy and physiology; examination of neurological disorders and diseases; examination of pediatric disorders and diseases; limb deficiency disorders; and pharmacology for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and cardiac and pulmonary system management.

PHTA
2170
3
90

This course provides continued instruction in the study of human movement. Topics include posture and equilibrium; gait, locomotion, and balance; advanced gait training techniques; and the assessment of muscle performance.

4
180

This course provides continued opportunity for clinical education under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant in various health care facilities. Topics include therapeutic exercise; interventions for neurological conditions; mechanical and electrotherapeutic physical agents; gait and posture analysis; advanced gait training techniques; manual muscle testing; interventions for limb deficiency disorders; identification of architectural barriers; interpersonal and communication skills; principles of teaching and learning; documentation; and modification of interventions within the plan of care.

This seminar course prepares students for entry into the field of physical therapy as physical therapist assistants. Topics include review for the licensure examination; presentation of a case study; and overview of career development and commitment to lifelong learning.

7
315

This course provides continued opportunity for clinical education under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant in various health care facilities. Topics include therapeutic exercise; interventions for neurological conditions; mechanical and electrotherapeutic physical agents; gait and posture analysis; advanced gait training techniques; manual muscle testing; interventions for limb deficiency disorders; identification of architectural barriers; interpersonal and communication skills; principles of teaching and learning; documentation; and modification of interventions within the plan of care.