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2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

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Length: Two years, 94 credits

Program Prerequisites: 11-16 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost: $24,579

  • Books/Course Materials - $1,100
  • Program-Specific Fees - $2,566
  • Other Program Expenses - $3,213
  • Travel - $500
  • *Differential Fees - $2,630
  • Resident Tuition - $11,606
  • General Student Fees - $2,964

Tuition and fee estimates are based on the prior academic year’s rates. Course tuition and fees may change during the year. Learn more and view updated tuition and fee information at www.lanecc.edu/esfs/credit-tuition. *This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program.

Term-by Term Course Plan

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this program is to 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.

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Communicate verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery personnel, and others in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner.
  • Recognize individual and cultural differences and responds appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  • Exhibit 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.
  • Exhibit conduct that reflects safe practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe.
  • Communicate an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Recognize and initiates clarifications with the supervising physical therapist when indicated.
  • Adjust treatment interventions within the plan of care to optimize patient safety, progress, and comfort; reports outcomes to the supervising physical therapist.
  • Instruct and educates patients, family members, and caregivers as directed by the supervising physical therapist.
  • Instruct members of the health care team as directed by the supervising physical therapist, using appropriate instructional materials and approaches.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to meeting the needs of the patients and consumers.
  • Interact with other members of the health care team in patient care and non-patient care activities.
  • Provide accurate and timely information for billing and reimbursement purposes.
  • Participate in quality assurance activities.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of social responsibility, citizenship and advocacy, including participation in community and service organizations and activities.
  • Identify career and lifelong learning opportunities.

Admission Information

Students are admitted once a year. Admission is restricted and is based on a program application. Please consult lanecc.edu/hp/pta.

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Program Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. Program Prerequisites must be completed prior to applying for the program. Additionally, application requires documentation of 16 clinical observation/experience hours with a PT or PTA.

Human Biology (4 credits)
NOTE: Students who complete BI 102I as a prerequisite do not need to take another Human Biology course. If BI 102I  is not completed as a prerequisite, students must complete another option prior to the end of Fall Term of Year 1 in the program. (For other options, see Human Biology requirement under General Education on this page.)

Medical Terminology (3 credits)

Physics (4-5 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Writing (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:
Prior bachelor’s degree, verified by transcript from US accredited institution or higher, may be used to meet the Writing requirement.

General Education

General Education courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.

Mathematics (4 credits)

Communication (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Psychology (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Human Biology - Complete one of the following options:
NOTE: Students who complete BI 102I  as a prerequisite do not need to take another Human Biology course. This requirement must be completed by the end of Fall Term of Year 1 in the program.

Program Core Courses

HP 153  must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. All other Program 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.


  • This program follows Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements  unless otherwise specified.
  • 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
  • Cooperative Education (Co-op) is required for second year students enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Students must complete 18 credits of Co-op at a program-designated co-op site. Contact Beth Thorpe, PTA Cooperative Education Coordinator, Bldg. 30, Rm. 126, 541.463.3274, thorpeb@lanecc.edu.

Licensing and Certification

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


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; (703) 706-3245; accreditation@apta.org; http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (541) 463-5617 or email healthprofessionsoffice@lanecc.edu

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