Nov 30, 2022  
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

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Total Program Credits: 92-100

Total Program Prerequisites: 15-16 credits

Estimated Program Length: Two years

Offered by the Health Professions  Division, 541.463.5617

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements  

Program Coordinator Christina Howard, PT, MPT, Health Professions, Building 30, Room 124, 541.463.5764,

Dean Grant Matthews

Purpose Prepare the graduate to practice as an entry-level, licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA).

Learning Outcomes Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program learning outcomes are based on the guidelines of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Program graduates must demonstrate broad, integrative and specialized knowledge, technical and communication skills, and behavior and conduct consistent with entry-level PTA practice. Learning outcomes have a strong emphasis on safely and effectively implementing a plan of care under the direction of a supervising physical therapist. PTAs work under the direction of the supervising physical therapist in promoting wellness, health, and recovery from health conditions that affect the movement system. The graduate:

  • Communicates verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery personnel, and others in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner.
  • Recognizes individual and cultural differences and responds appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  • Exhibits conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of the members of the profession of physical therapy and members of society receiving health care services.
  • Exhibits conduct that reflects safe practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe.
  • Communicates an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes.
  • Demonstrates competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist, including functional training, infection control, manual therapy, physical and mechanical agents, therapeutic exercise, and wound management.
  • Demonstrates competency in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care, including tests and measures for aerobic capacity, pain, cognition, assistive and prosthetic devices, joint motion, muscle performance, neuromotor development, posture, self-care and home/community management, ventilation, respiration, and circulation.
  • Recognizes and initiates clarifications with the supervising physical therapist when indicated.
  • Adjusts treatment interventions within the plan of care to optimize patient safety, progress, and comfort; reports outcomes to the supervising physical therapist.
  • Instructs and educates patients, family members, and caregivers as directed by the supervising physical therapist.
  • Instructs members of the health care team as directed by the supervising physical therapist, using appropriate instructional materials and approaches.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to meeting the needs of the patients and consumers.
  • Interacts with other members of the health care team in patient care and non-patient care activities.
  • Provides accurate and timely information for billing and reimbursement purposes.
  • Participates in quality assurance activities.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of social responsibility, citizenship and advocacy, including participation in community and service organizations and activities.
  • Identifies career and lifelong learning opportunities.

Accreditation The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Lane Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245;; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (541) 463-5617 or email

Licensing & Certification Graduates meet education eligibility for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Admission Information Students are admitted once a year. Admission is restricted and is based on a program application. Please consult

Advising Early academic advising is highly recommended. Drop-in advising is available in Building 1, Room 103, 541.463.3800. Online advising is available at

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Co-op is required for second year students enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Students must complete 18 credits of Co-op a program-designated co-op site. Contact Beth Thorpe, PTA Cooperative Education Coordinator, Bldg. 30, Rm. 126, 541.463.3274,

Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022

Career Pathways Roadmap

Lane County openings - 3 annually
Statewide openings - 40 annually

Lane County median hourly - $28.40; average annual - $58,972
Oregon median hourly - $27.97; average annual - $57,917

Estimated Program Cost 

Books   $1,100
Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals   $3,355
Computers/Internet Service   $1,100
Differential Fees*   $1,736
Program Specific Fees   $938
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees   $12,556
  Total Estimated Cost $20,785

*This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program. These fees and other course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.

Program Notes

  • Prerequisites are required for some Courses .
  • If math is taken in the self-paced format through the Math Resource Center, then all credits must be completed to meet the math requirement.
  • No more than 16 credits with a grade of Pass are accepted.
  • The following requirements must meet universal standards order to begin clinical internships Physical examination Tuberculosis (TB) screen Substance abuse screening (10-panel drug and alcohol screen), and Criminal background check

Program Prerequisites

PREREQUISITES must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. Prerequisites must be completed prior to applying for the program.

Application should include documentation of 16 clinical observation/experience hours with a PT or PTA.

HUMAN BIOLOGY: Students who complete BI 102I  as a prerequisite will have satisfied the Human Biology prerequisite requirement. If BI 102I is not completed as a prerequisite, select either HO 150 /HO 152   or BI 231 /BI 232 /BI 233 .

General Education

GENERAL EDUCATION courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.

Program Core Courses

HIM 153  must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. All other CORE courses must be completed for a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. PTA 200  meets the Human Relations requirement and cannot be substituted.

Students must complete the Human Biology requirement by the end of Fall Term in Year 1 of the program. 

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