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Contact Information

Kimberly Crealey Rouillier
Department Chair,
Rehabilitative Health Department
Program Director,
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
krouillier@ccri.edu
Tel: 401-851-1672

Deborah Watson
Enrollment Services
dwatson@ccri.edu
Tel: 401-851-1637

Curriculum Outline

Prerequisite to Admission
Course Total Credits Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours
PHTA 1000: Intro to  the PTA 2 2 - -
RHAB 1010: Medical Terminology for Rehab Health 1 1 - -
BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy 4 3 3 -
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Courses
First Semester (Fall)
Course Total Credits Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours
RHAB 1110: Kinesiology 3 3 2 -
PHTA 1120: Tests and Measurements for PTA's 2 1 3 -
PHTA 1010: Physical Therapist Assistant I 6 4 4 -
BIOL 1020: Human Physiology 4 3 3 -
MATH 1420: Introduction to College Math 3 4 - -
Semester Total 18 15 12 -
†Students are strongly encouraged to take REHAB 1110: Kinesiology in the summer semester prior to entering the program
Second Semester (Spring)
Course Total Credits Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours
PHTA 1020: Physical Therapist Assistant II 3 2 5 -
RHAB 1030: Pathophysiology for Rehab 3 3 - -
ENGL 1010: English Composition I 3 3 - -
SPCH 1100: Oral Communication I 3 3 - -
PSYC 2010: General Psychology 3 3 - -
Semester Total 15 14 5 -
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Total Credits Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours
PHTA 2910: Clinical Education I 3 - - 40
Semester Total 3 - - 40
Fourth Semester (Fall)
Course Total Credits Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours
PHTA 2010: Physical Therapist Assistant III 7 9 6 -
*PHTA 2920: Clinical Education II 3 - - 40
PSYC 2030: Developmental Psychology 3 3 - -
Semester Total 13 12 6 40
Fifth Semester (Spring)
Course Total Credits Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinic Hours
PHTA 2020: Physical Therapist Assistant IV 7 9 6 -
*PHTA 2930: Clinical Education III 3 - - 40
PHTA 2040: PTA Career Development Seminar 1 1 - -
Semester Total 11 10 6 40

Total Program Credits = 67

*40 hours of clinical education for 6-weeks for a total of 240 hours for PHTA 2910, 2920, & 2930

There are three other optional support courses that are strongly recommended for PTA students:

  1. RHAB 1100: Foundational Kinesiology - One-credit online course that can be taken in any semester prior to or after acceptance into the PTA program, which prepares students for success in RHAB 1110: Kinesiology.
  2. PHTA 1220: Basic Therapeutic Exercise - One-credit course that can be taken in the second semester, which can enhance student success in PHTA 2910:  Clinical Education I and PHTA 2010:  PTA III.
  3. PHTA 2030: PT for Impaired Neurological Function - One-credit course that can be taken in the fifth semester to achieve full-time (12-credit) status, and which enhances student success in PHTA 2020: PTA IV.

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