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Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS.PTA)

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a skilled health employee working under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to provide direct care to patients in a variety of health care settings. The professional care given by the PTA focuses on patients of all ages with temporary or permanent functional limitations due to illness, disease or injury. The PTA works closely with patients to restore function, prevent or relieve pain, prevent disability and restore physical coordination, strength and mobility through therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities. Physical therapy is physically demanding work. Students need to have good general health and the strength, stamina and flexibility necessary to carry out assignments.

Housed at the Lake Land College Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology in Effingham, Illinois, the PTA program is a five consecutive semester program which includes classroom, skills laboratory and clinical experience in various healthcare facilities. Once admitted to the program, the student must progress through the courses corresponding to the curriculum model. A "C" grade is required in all PTA curriculum courses for progression/completion.

The PTA program at Lake Land 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: capteonline.org.

The PTA program was initially granted accreditation in 1994, and has been granted reaccreditation in 1999 and 2008. The next reaccreditation site visit is scheduled for 2018. Students who have successfully completed the program will be eligible to sit for the National Board Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

The PTA program is competitive and selects 24 students for each fall class. PTA application requirements include admission to Lake Land College; completion of the PTA program application form (obtained from the PTA website); completion of the college placement assessment tests (PTA applicants are eligible to take the college placement assessment tests more than twice); and completion of the one (1) Biology prerequisite course (one year high school biology/zoology/A & P, or Lake Land College BIO 050, Basic Anatomy and Physiology; or BIO 100, Bio Science I; or BIO 225, Human Anatomy and Physiology I; or BIO 226, Human Anatomy and Physiology II; or equivalent with a "C" or better within the past five (5) years. It is the responsibility of students to see that their application file is completed by March 1 for consideration for the fall semester. In addition to tuition and fees, costs for the PTA program include: physical examination and immunization, workbooks, criminal background check, drug testing, clinical attire, transportation to clinical experiences (attempts will be made to keep travel distance no greater than 75 miles one way or 1.5 hours) and the board exam/license fee.

Download the PTA Selection Process Sheet and Checklist for complete application procedure, scoring rubric and application procedure from the college website.

See career track program Physical Therapist Assistant Track (AAS.PTA.TRK) when selecting a major.

Lake Land College has cooperative agreements in place with Parkland College, Richland Community College and Danville Area Community College.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.


Download the PTA Selection Process Sheet and Checklist for complete application procedure

Click here to fill out an application for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Click on any of the links below to find out more about the PTA program

PTA Program Graduate Outcomes
PTA - Program Complaints
Program Background Check Policy
PTA Program Costs

FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Hours
PTA-080 Fundamentals of PTA I
4.0
PTA-081 PTA Clinical Practicum I
1.0
ENG-120 Composition I  
3.0
BIO-225 Human Ana/Phys I
4.0
PHY-110 Concepts of Physics  
4.0
SEMESTER TOTALS 16.0
Second Semester
PTA-082 Fundamentals of PTA II +++ 
6.0
BIO-226 Human Ana/Phys II
4.0
PED-244 Kinesiology
4.0
PSY-271 Intr/Psychology  
3.0
SEMESTER TOTALS 17.0
Summer Term
PTA-085 PTA Clinical Practicum III ++++ 
3.0
SEMESTER TOTALS 3.0
SECOND YEAR
First Semester   Hours
PTA-094 Fundamentals of PTA III
6.0
PTA-095 Orthopedic Concepts & Appl
4.0
PTA-097 PTA Clinical Practicum IV
2.0
HED-178 Responding to Emergencies  
2.0
SPE-111 Intro to Speech Communication  
3.0
SEMESTER TOTALS 17.0
Second Semester
PTA-096 Fundamentals of PTA IV +++ 
5.0
PTA-093 Pathology for PTA +++ 
2.0
PTA-098 PTA Seminar +++ 
2.0
PTA-099 PTA Clinical Practicum V +++ 
4.0
PSY-275 Psych of Maturity and Old Age  
3.0
SEMESTER TOTALS 16.0
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 69.00