Academic Plan



Academic Plan

The St. Catherine PTA program is designed to be completed in 5-6 semesters. The first 1-2 semesters at the University you are considered a pre-PTA student and will be enrolled in required Liberal Arts & Sciences courses prior to beginning the two-year professional sequence of PTA courses.

Prior to beginning the professional sequence, BIOL 2400 General Anatomy and Physiology and a minimum of two credits of Liberal Arts & Sciences coursework are required. During your professional coursework in the PTA program, which needs to be completed in four consecutive semesters, you will be taking PTA and Liberal Arts & Sciences courses concurrently.

To better prepare you to succeed in the PTA program there are two additional requirements.

  • You will be required to spend a minimum of eight hours observing in a physical therapy setting in order to have an understanding of the work and demands of being a physical therapist assistant. Document your clinical observation hours with this form.
  • The PTA program has identified the essential functions that PTA students must meet in order to successfully progress through the program. You will be provided with a document entitled Description of Essential Elements of the Curriculum for PTA Students that defines these elements. At the time of application the candidate is asked to sign indicating they have reviewed this document.

If you would like more information please attend one of our information sessions or contact Juanita Martinez in the Associate Degree Admissions office at (651)690-7802.

Physical Therapist Assistant Curriculum Guide

Associate of Applied Science Degree—66 credits

Pre-PTA Semester

BIOL 2400: General Anatomy & Physiology — 4 credits
PSYC 1000: General Psychology — 4 credits
ENGL 1100: Composition — 2 credits
CIL 1400: Health Justice — 2 credits

Fall Semester Year One

PTA 1010: Patient Handling Techniques — 2 credits
PTA 1020: PT Intervention Techniques I — 2 credits
PTA 1050: Orientation to PT/Role of the PTA — 2 credits
PTA 1040: Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Measurement Techniques — 3 credits
THEO: Theology Elective — 2 credits
HIMP 1020: Medical Terminology — 1 credit
ENG: Literature Elective* — 2 credits

January Interim Year One

SSCS 1000: Power and Social Change — 2 credits

Spring Semester Year One

PTA 1140: Kinesiology Principles with Clinical Application — 1 credit
PTA 1160: PT Intervention Techniques II — 5 credits
PTA 1310: Clinical Education I — 2 credits
PTA 1350: The Health Care Delivery System — 1 credit
PTA 2020: Advanced Geriatric Physical Therapy for the PTA — 1 credit
BIOL 2420: Human Disease — 2 credits

Fall Semester Year Two

PTA 2000: PT Intervention Techniques III — 8 credits
PTA 2010**: Introductory Concepts into Pediatric Physical Therapy (elective, not required) — 1 credit
PSYC 2027: Lifespan Development: Adolescence, Adulthood, and Death — 2 credits
PHIL 2000: Ethical Problems in Health Care — 2 credits
SSCS: Social Science Elective — 2 credits
PSYC 1080: Abnormal Psychology — 1 credit

Spring Semester Year Two

PTA 2100: Clinical Education II — 3 credits
PTA 2200: Clinical Education III — 4 credits
Choose one:

  • PTA 2260: Learning and Service through Immersion — 1 credit
  • PTA 2270: Specialized Clinical Experience — 1 credit

PTA 2400: Capstone Seminar — 1 credit
ART: Art Elective — 2 credits


*Literature Elective must be a course numbered ENGL 2000 or higher.
**PTA 2010 is an elective course and is not required for graduation.