Program:
Physical Therapist Assistant

Degree Awarded:
Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health & Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant

Application Deadlines:
Nov. 30, Feb. 1
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Degree Overview

Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health: 129 hrs.

While working to complete your Associate’s degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, you can also earn your Bachelor’s degree in Community Health through the dual degree option. PTAs may work in a variety of settings, and a degree in Community Health can help you better understand and meet the needs of a broader population. The PTA and Community Health program directors will work together as your co-advisors, creating an individualized course sequence plan that integrates courses from both programs. As part of the Community Health curriculum, students can choose from one of the concentrations in Gerontology, Human Services, Women’s Health, Public Health, or Healthcare Business to expand their understanding of a specific area of health care.

Required Courses for Dual Degree Option - Community Health

General Education Courses

(12 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 12
Core Courses
Courses Semester Hours
◊ IC Core - Intercultural Communication 3
HU Core - Humanities 3
EA Core - Ethics, Empathy and Advocacy 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Support Courses

(29 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BU 140 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
SO 220 - Medical Sociology 2
CHL 244 - Vulnerable Populations 3
CHL 243 - Trauma Informed Care 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
CHL 248 - Introduction to Grant Writing 2
Total Semester Hours 29
Physical Therapist Assistant Major Core Courses

(47 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
PTA 105 - Functional Anatomy for the Physical Therapist Assistant 3
PTA 106 - Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PTA 107 - Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PTA 110 - Basic Skills in Physical Therapy 3
PTA 115 - Therapeutic Exercise I 3
PTA 122 - Therapeutic Modalities 3
PTA 125 - Clinical Practicum I 1
PTA 205 - Pathophysiology 3
PTA 222 - Therapeutic Interventions 3
◊ PTA 213 - Professional Leadership Seminar 1
PTA 215 - Therapeutic Exercise II 3
PTA 220 - Clinical Practicum II 3
PTA 230 - Advanced Procedures 3
PTA 235 - Therapeutic Exercise III 3
PTA 240 - Clinical Practicum III 5
PTA 245 - Clinical Practicum IV 6
Total Semester Hours 47
Community Health Major Courses

(5 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
◊ CHL 400 - Community Health Fieldwork (concentration related) 2
CHL 401 - Community Health Capstone (concentration related) 2
Electives 1
Total Semester Hours 5

Additional Major Courses

Students will choose one of the concentration areas (18 credit hours) to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health, with at least one additional credit from another concentration.

Gerontology Concentration
Courses Semester Hours
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
CHL 241 - Programs, Services and Policies in Aging 3
CHL 330 - Health and Physical Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 333 - Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 334 - Managing Care of the Older Adult 3
CHL 335 - Seminar in Gerontology 1
EA 205 - Death and Dying 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Public Health Concentration
Courses Semester Hours
CHL 250 - Epidemiology 3
CHL 251 - Environmental Risk Factors and Disease 3
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
CHL 355 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
ST 410 - Advanced Statistics for Public Healthcare 3
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Human Services Concentration
Courses Semester Hours
CHL 266 - Social Policy and Human Services 3
EA 210 - American Poverty and Healthcare 3
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics 1
CHL 252 - Information and Referral 2
CHL 253 - Understanding the Criminal Justice System 2
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention 1
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
PY 200 - Human Development 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Women’s Health Concentration
Courses Semester Hours
CHL 260 - Evolution of Women’s Health 3
CHL 261 - Women’s Health in Contemporary Society 3
CHL 265 - Literary Perspectives of Women’s Health 3
CHL 362 - Global Issues in Women’s Health 3
CHL 364 - Mental Health of Women Throughout the Lifespan 3
CHL 365 - Mammography 1
CHL 366 - Pharmacology in Women's Health 1
CHL 367 - Preventative & Restorative Topics for Women 1
Total Semester Hours 18
Healthcare Business Concentration
Courses Semester Hours
HM 218 - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
BU 357 - Healthcare Accounting and Financial Management 4
BU 262 - Business Communication and Marketing 3
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2
Total Semester Hours 12
Healthcare Business Concentration - Electives

Students select 2 of the following electives:

Courses Semester Hours
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
BU 420 - Long-Term Care Management 3
HM 360 - Compliance and Legal Applications 3
BU 318 - Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
BU 425 - Project Management 3
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
BU 411 - Operations and Quality Management 3

Tuition and Fees

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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour
$620


Cost per Semester
$7,590 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,795 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Tuition
Undergraduate Tuition$620 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $25/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $150/ each
Technology Fee: On-Campus $0 / credit-hour
Activity Fee $0 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $99/ student
PTA: APTA Membership (PTA 106) $140/ each
Lab Fee (BSN, RT, PTA) $30/ class
PTA: Board Prep Course Fee (PTA 213) $245/ each
Lab Fee - General Education $40/ class

Career Overview

Median Salary

Community Health: $47,000
Physical Therapist Assistant: $59,770 
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020)

Job Outlook

Community Health: 21% projected employment growth from 2018-2028
Physical Therapist Assistant: 26% projected employment growth from 2018-2028
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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