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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Degree Code: PTTA

Number of Credits: 70


Program Description

The Physical Therapist Assistant program provides a foundation for graduates to become highly skilled in providing patient services using physical therapy techniques under the supervision and direction of a licensed physical therapist in clinics, hospitals, and many other health care settings. Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate will receive the A.A.S. and will be eligible to take the National Licensing Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Cecil College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: capteonline.org.

Information on program admission, selection policies and procedures and eligibility criteria are available in the program handbook, college catalog and in the program admission materials.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  https://www.cecil.edu/student-resources/advising-transfer/transfer-agreements.  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities

Physical Therapist Assistants work in hospitals, privately owned physical therapy practices, home health, schools, and rehab units.

Required Courses

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to: 

·         Implement the concepts of anatomy and physiology of the human body in developing a treatment plan for a given patient scenario.

·         Use critical thinking/clinical reasoning to apply the best action to a specific patient presentation and/or disease process.

·         Use critical thinking/clinical reasoning to choose and/or execute the best intervention for a given patient scenario.

·         Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors required of a healthcare professional.

·         Demonstrate competence in performing the clinical skills included in the Minimum Required Skills of Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates at Entry-Level.


1 Any 4 credit General Education Mathematics will be accepted.