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Physical Therapist Assistant
Prepares the student for employment as a physical therapist assistant. The physical therapist assistant, working under the supervision of a registered physical therapist, assists in the provision of physical therapy services prescribed by a physician, such as electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, thermotherapy, massage, therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation activities.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Career Pathway
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Physical Therapist Assistant
Program PrerequisitesUnits
BIOL 160, Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
OR BIOL 230, Human Anatomy and BIOL 235, Human Physiology
ENGL 101, Reading & Composition3
MATH 96 Intermediate Algebra and Geometry5
Courses Required for the Major:Units
PHYR 50, Physical Therapy Introduction2
PHYR 54, Introduction to Human Movement3
PHYR 56, Physical Therapy Techniques I2
PHYR 56L, Physical Therapy Techniques I - Lab2
PHYR 62, Introduction to Pathology3
PHYR 63, Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise2
PHYR 66, Physical Therapy Techniques II2
PHYR 66L, Physical Therapy Techniques II - Lab2
PHYR 77, Orthopedic Exercise and Rehabilitation2
PHYR 77L, Orthopedic Exercise and Rehabilitation - Lab2
PHYR 78, Topics in Neurology and Rehabilitation1.5
PHYR 78L, Topics in Neurology and Rehabilitation - Lab1
PHYR 81, Organization of Physical Therapy2
PHYR 70, Directed Clinical Practice2
PHYR 80, Directed Clinical Practice5
Total Units = 33.5
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*Note: An associate degree is awarded by the San Diego Community College District colleges in recognition of completion of a minimum of 60 units of specified requirements. See the college catalog for details.