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.

The Bachelor’s degree in Community Health is applicable for PTA students who have an interest in pursuing leadership roles in health education, work-site wellness, home health agencies, office and clinic management, public health, and more. Students may begin taking Community Health courses concurrent with their program coursework. Successfully completed PTA courses will transfer as three of the four concentration areas needed for the Bachelor’s degree, allowing students to complete the dual degree option in as few as three years.

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

(30 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
SO 220 - Medical Sociology 2
ST 310 - Statistics 3
BU 240 - Health Care Delivery Systems 3
CHL 244 - Vulnerable Populations 3
CHL 243 - Trauma Informed Care 3
CHL 248 - Introduction to Grant Writing 2
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
Total Semester Hours 30
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

(9 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
◊ CHL 405 - Advocacy and Health Literacy 3
CHL 410 - Community Health Fieldwork (concentration related) 3
CHL 420 - Community Health Capstone (concentration related) 3
Total Semester Hours 9

Students will choose one of the following concentration areas (18 semesters each):

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
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
CHL 250 - Epidemiology 3
CHL 251 - Environmental Risk Factors and Disease 3
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
ST 410 - Advanced Statistics for Public Health Care 3
CHL 355 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Human Services concentration
Courses Semester Hours
CHL 266 - Social Policy and Human Services 3
PY 200 - Human Development 3
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics 1
CHL 252 - Information and Referral 2
CHL 253 - Understanding the Criminal Justice System 2
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention Seminar 1
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
EA 210 - American Poverty and Health Care 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 - Women’s Health Seminar: Mammography 1
CHL 366 - Women’s Health Seminar: Pharmacology 1
CHL 367 - Women’s Health Seminar: Preventative and Restorative Topics 1
Total Semester Hours 18
Health Care Business concentration
Courses Semester Hours
BU 199 - Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
HM 260 - Data Management and Analytics 3
BU 306 - Principles of Management 3
BU 210 - Business Communications 3
Total Semester Hours 12
Health Care 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 3
BU 211 - Business and Health Law 3
HM 255 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
BU 371 - Organizational Behavior 3
BU 425 - Project Management 3
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
BU 310 - Revenue Cycle Management 3
BU 411 - Operations and Quality Management 3

Tuition and Fees

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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour
$558


Cost per Semester
$7,084 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,542 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Tuition
Undergraduate Tuition$558 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: On-Campus $20 / credit-hour
Activity Fee $4 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $90/ student
PTA: APTA Membership (PTA 106) $140/ each
Lab Fee (BSN, RT, PTA) $30/ class
PTA: Board Prep Course Fee (PTA 213) $160/ each
Lab Fee - General Education $40/ class

Career Overview

Median Salary

Community Health: $47,000
Physical Therapist Assistant: $58,040 
Payscale.com, 2019

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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