Physical Therapist Assistant 1+1 (collaborative program)

[A45640] Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Physical Therapist Assistant 1 + 1 curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.

Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the life span.

Graduates may be eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, private clinics, and public school systems.

COMPETENCIES (per Guilford Technical Community College)

These are the skills students will develop as they progress through this program.

1. Perform/assist with patient treatment and education.

2. Assess patient’s status per established plan of care.

3. Solve problems.

4. Communicate effectively.

5. Demonstrate professional skills.

6. Perform administrative duties.

7. Manage emergency situations.

This program is a collaborative effort between Randolph Community College and Guilford Technical Community College. Guilford Technical Community College is the “host” college. This agreement allows for RCC to have one student slot every odd year. RCC students will take all general education requirements on the RCC campus and will transfer to Guilford Technical Community College for all major courses and completion of the program.