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Associate of Science Degree
Physical Therapist Assisting

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assisting program at Our Lady of the Lake College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Practice within safe, ethical and legal boundaries in compliance with national, state and local standards of practice and within the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant, as defined by the Louisiana State Practice Act, the Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant and the Code of Ethics of the American Physical Therapy Association.   
  2. Implement a comprehensive treatment plan within the plan of care developed by a physical therapist, utilizing data collection skills, critical thinking skills and knowledge of science and humanities, grounded in evidence based theory and practice.
  3. Pursue personal and professional development based on inquiry, self assessment and utilization of valid and credible resources.
  4. Communicate appropriately and interact effectively with a variety of audiences, with sensitivity and awareness of individual differences.
  5. Approach patient care from a holistic perspective, incorporating aspects of spiritual, physical and emotional well being.

The WIHP Option (Walk into Health Professions)

Students who exclusively take all arts and sciences courses toward one of the health professionsí programs at Our Lady of the Lake College and who meet the minimum admissions requirements are guaranteed admission to the declared program.  Please contact the Program Director for more information.

Curriculum Plan

Semester 1

Credit Hours

Semester 2

Credit Hours

ACSM 1110

1

WRIT 1311

3

WRIT 1310

3

BIOL 2311

3

MATH 1315

3

RELS 1310

3

BIOL 2310

3

Philosophy elective

3

Science elective

3

PTAP 2310

3

PSYC 1310

3

PTAP 2310L

1

PTAP 1110

1

 

 

BIOL 1110

1

 

 

Semester Credit hours

18

Semester Credit hours

16

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

Credit Hours

Semester 4

Credit Hours

Semester 5

Credit Hours

PTAP 2710

3

PTAP 2725

3

PTAP 2735

2

PTAP 2715

2

PTAP 2730

4

PTAP 2750

10

PTAP 2718

1

PTAP 2740

3

 

 

PTAP 2720

2

PTAP 2745

6

 

 

Semester
Credit hours

8

Semester Credit hours

16

Semester Credit hours

12

Total credit hours in the AS in Physical Therapist Assisting = 70 credit hours.

Admission Criteria

  1. Meet all College minimum admission criteria at the time of application
  2. Minimum grade of C in all pre-requisite course work in the degree plan
  3. Minimum GPA of:
    1. 2.0 in all college level courses pursued
    2. Recommended 2.75 in Arts and Science pre-requisite courses listed in the PTA Curriculum Plan (applicants who fail to meet minimum gpa requirements may be enrolled in the PTA Program after consideration by the program director, but may be required to take additional course work.)
    3. Completion of, or enrollment in, at least 26 credit hours of pre-requisite course work at the time of application, including: WRIT 1310, ACSM 1110, MATH 1315, BIOL 2310, BIOL 2311
  4. Completion of 100 hours (recommended) of volunteer or work experience in a physical therapy clinic or department. (it is recommended that the student have both outpatient and inpatient exposure)
  5. Priority is given to:
    1. Applicants who complete all pre-requisite courses prior to enrollment in the PTA Program
    2. Applicants who have completed Arts and Science pre-requisite courses at Our Lady of the Lake College

Graduation Requirements

  • An overall grade point average of 2.0 including all transfer courses;
  • All students must meet residency requirements by completing a minimum of 24 credit hours at Our Lady of the Lake College , including one service learning project;
  • Completion of 70 credit hours of courses within the degree, with a grade of C or better within 24 months of enrollment in the program;
  • Clearance of all indebtedness to the College including the return of all materials borrowed from the College library.