Undergrad Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Program Option: A.A.S.

St. Catherine University's physical therapist assistant (PTA) program prepares you to work as a skilled clinical practitioner who performs physical therapy interventions and related duties under the direction of licensed physical therapists. As a PTA, you will perform interventions intended to help people of all ages recover physical function lost through diseases, injury or other causes.

The St. Kate's PTA program believes that to be effective in this role, the physical therapist assistant must have an educational foundation in the liberal arts and sciences as well as in the professional discipline. The PTA program prepares you to master complex intervention and assessment skills while viewing yourself and the people with whom you work as multi-faceted human beings affected by spiritual, physical, psychological and sociological influences. This perspective encourages you to broaden your understanding of yourself, the profession of physical therapy and the world in which you live. As a graduate of St. Catherine University's PTA program you will be a competent generalist and a continuing learner, capable of being a contributing member and leader within the physical therapy profession and your community.

St. Kate's physical therapist assistant program was the first of its kind in the nation and offers a careful blend of theory and practice for students to master physical therapy concepts and techniques. The teaching/learning philosophy of the PTA program promotes a supportive yet challenging environment that encourages reflective thinking, questioning, decision-making and personal growth. Consideration is given to individual differences in learning style through varied learning methodologies. The PTA program faculty are committed to the concept of adult learning where instructors serve as facilitators of the process of learning, not solely as dispensers of knowledge. It is the instructor's responsibility to create an environment that stimulates your learning, provides timely feedback, and seeks to support you to realize your full potential. Within this environment, you accept the responsibility to be an active participant in the learning experience.

As part of your education you will have a variety of clinical experiences that may include acute care, skilled nursing facility/rehabilitative, or outpatient settings. The program has an extensive clinical network in the immediate Twin Cities area, the state and nationally. The PTA program and the doctor of physical therapy program (DPT) are housed together, providing you the opportunity for collaborative learning including visits to the cadaver lab, blended tutorial learning and various lab activities. This setting provides invaluable learning of each other's roles in the clinical setting. All PTA students take Transcultural Learning Through Community Connections, a course that incorporates a community work and learning experience. This course is an important experience in your development as a leader and competent healthcare provider who is a compassionate contributor to society.

See also: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Major Requirements:

PTA 1010 Patient Handling Techniques
PTA 1020 Physical Therapy Intervention Techniques I
PTA 1040 Musculoskeletal Anatomy with Measurement Techniques
PTA 1050 Orientation to Physical Therapy/Role of the PTA
PTA 1140 Kinesiology Principles with Clinical Application
PTA 1160 Physical Therapy Intervention Techniques II
PTA 1310 Clinical Experience I
PTA 1350 Healthcare Delivery System
PTA 2000 Physical Therapy Intervention Techniques III
PTA 2010 Introductory Concepts in Pediatric Physical Therapy (optional)
PTA 2020 Advanced Geriatric Physical Therapy for the PTA
PTA 2100 Clinical Experience II
PTA 2200 Clinical Experience III
PTA 2260 Learning and Service Through Immersion OR PTA 2270 Specialized Clinical Experience
PTA 2400 Capstone Seminar

Supporting courses:
The following courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the University to be considered for transfer.

BIOL 2400 General Anatomy & Physiology
BIOL 2420 Human Disease
HIMP 1020 Medical Terminology
PSYC 1080 Abnormal Psychology Seminar
PSYC 2027 Lifespan Development: Adolescence, Adulthood and Death

Liberal arts and sciences and CIL requirements:
ART elective
CIL 1500 Transcultural Learning Through Community Connections
ENGL 1100 Composition
ENGL literature elective
PHIL 2000 Ethical Problems in Healthcare
PSYC 1000 General Psychology
SSCS elective
SSCS 1000 Power and Social Change
THEO elective