2021-22 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2021-22 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Professions: Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant Career Studies Certificate

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Career Studies Certificate


Purpose: This curriculum is designed to academically prepare students to apply for the restricted admissions AAS Physical Therapist Assistant program and to gain a job ready skill in health professions. Students will either prepare to take the National Registry of EMT certification exam or prepare to work in a medical office. Students should be aware that completion of this program does not guarantee admission into the AAS Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Program Objectives: Graduates who prepare to take the National Registry of EMT certification exam and successfully complete the exam will become a state certified EMT and will be Nationally Registered as an EMT. Employment opportunities include EMT positions at ambulance services, hospitals, government emergency medical services or fire agencies such as public safety departments. Graduates who prepare to work in a medical office will have employment opportunities that include positions in physicians’ offices, HMOs, managed care practices, urgent care centers, and in other health-related agencies.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college. Students should review the program specific admissions requirements for the restricted admission AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant before starting this program.  https://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health-professions/intro-physical-therapist/

Developmental Requirements: Applicants must receive an ENG 111*  placement recommendation or have successfully completed all developmental English requirements.

Applicants who do not demonstrate proficiency in MTE 1* , MTE 2* , MTE 3* , MTE 4*  and MTE 5*  must have successfully completed all developmental Mathematics requirements.

Program Notes: 

  • Students must maintain a grade of C or better in all courses in order to qualify for admittance into the restricted admission program.
  • A “C” or better is not required to complete this CSC.
  • Students planning to apply for the AAS restricted admissions health programs should be aware that any grade lower than a “C” will not meet the requirements of those programs. It is advised that any course repeats to improve grades be done while in the Pre-Health CSC before applying to the AAS program.
  • In order to successfully complete the AAS programs, all courses require a grade of “C” or better for completion. Upon admission to one of the AAS selective admissions health programs, students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures of their individual program as it may affect their program progression.

Total Minimum Credits for Degree**: 27

1 NAS 2*  satisfies the prerequisite for BIO 141* .  BIO 101*  will also satisfy this prerequisite, includes a lab component, and is a transferable course.

2 SDV 108   will satisfy the SDV 101  requirement. SDV 108 is for developmental English students.

3 HLT 105 , HLT 106  or the American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider CPR certification (which includes infant, child, adult & AED) can be used to satisfy this requirement.

4  The Job Skills EEE may be satisfied by certification or licensure in other healthcare related areas that lead to employment, including but not limited to Certified Nurse Aid (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Pharmacy Technician. Please see an advisor for more information.

* This course has a requisite.

** Total credits may vary if students choose to take optional courses.

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