Help people regain strength and mobility.

Make a difference every day.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work with patients who have medical problems or health-related conditions to help them improve mobility, relieve pain, and perform functional activities. PTAs help develop treatment plans, provide and observe treatments, and document the patient’s progress, all under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

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Physical Therapy Assistant Associate Degree from Baker College

Physical Therapist AssistantAssociate of Applied Science

Help people regain strength and mobility.

Make a difference every day.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work with patients who have medical problems or health-related conditions to help them improve mobility, relieve pain, and perform functional activities. PTAs help develop treatment plans, provide and observe treatments, and document the patient’s progress, all under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

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Career Facts

$39,430

Median salary for Physical Therapist Assistants

41%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

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Overview

When you study to become a physical therapist assistant at Baker College, you learn from professional PTAs who bring their outside experience into your classrooms and labs. Through classwork, active participation, and clinical experience working with real patients, you learn and develop the knowledge, skills, and techniques you need to assist a licensed physical therapist. 

As a program graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to apply for the National Physical Therapy Assistants Examination (NPTAE) licensure exam, and ready to begin your career in any physical therapy setting. 

Enrollment for this program is limited.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Physical Therapist Assistant Major Requirements88 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HSC 151
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101, WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Introduction to Electronic Health Records2
HSC 211
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2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on human development in the gross, fine, cognitive, and psychological domains from birth to death. Emphasis is placed on gross motor and psychological development.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HSC 281.
Lifespan Development2
HSC 285
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3 Quarter Hours

Focuses on an advanced investigation of specific orthopedic, neurological, rheumatological, and medical conditions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in SCI 211, acceptance in the BRS, OTA, or PTA program.
Clinical Pathology3
MED 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
PTA 111
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces physical therapist assistant students to the foundations and principles of the profession and the American Physical Therapy Association. Basic theories and practices of physical therapy are emphasized, with a detailed analysis of the boundaries between the physical therapist and the assistant. Ethical standards in practice and legislation governing the utilization of the PTA are also covered in detail. Scientific research design, psychological reactions to disability, and other issues relating to the profession and patient care are also discussed.

Introduction to PTA2
PTA 112
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1 Quarter Hours

Introduces medical documentation for rehabilitation professionals.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Therapeutic Documentation for the PTA1
PTA 171A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides a part-time, unpaid, practical, work experience at a clinical setting, performing under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Clinical experience time is integrated with ongoing academic coursework to facilitate the transition from classroom to clinic. Clinical competencies, as expected of a developing clinician, will be assessed by the student's clinical instructor. Students are expected to complete assignments as scheduled. 60 clinical hours are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HSC 211, C or better in HSC 285, C or better in PTA 112, C or better in PTA 231B, C or better in PTA 281, Student background check.
Clinical Education I2
PTA 172A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides a part-time, unpaid, practical, work experience at a clinical setting, performing under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Clinical experience time is integrated with ongoing academic coursework to facilitate the transition from classroom to clinic. Clinical competencies, as expected of a developing clinician, will be assessed by the student's clinical instructor. Students will complete assignments per clinical instructor availability and clinical site hours. 60 clinical hours are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PTA 171A.
Clinical Education II2
PTA 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Begins the student's experience with patient care. Patient preparation and monitoring of vital signs are reviewed. Assessment techniques of goniometry and muscle screening and treatment techniques of massage are learned in lecture and laboratory experiences. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the BRS or PTA program.
PTA Techniques I4
PTA 212
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4 Quarter Hours

Includes theory, principles of application, and development of technical skills with a variety of physical therapy treatments. Traction, superficial thermal agents, circulatory assistive devices, and electrotherapy agents are presented with basic competencies evaluated in laboratory experiences. Functional anatomy and basic patient handling skills are emphasized. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PTA 211.
PTA Techniques II4
PTA 221B
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5 Quarter Hours

Covers kinesiological principles as applied to the human body. Exercise physiology in rehabilitation, tissue regeneration, and basic isotonic, isometric, and isokinetic exercise are learned. Students will also be instructed in methodology of basic fitness testing and basic terminology and techniques of extremity manual therapy. Joint assessment and a problem-solving approach to therapeutic exercise prescription are utilized. Joints of the extremities and the truck are systematically reviewed by analyzing pathological conditions and orthopedic management. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the BRS or PTA program.
Therapeutic Exercise I5
PTA 222B
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5 Quarter Hours

Introduces advanced exercise and rehabilitation techniques using the clinical problem-solving approach to patient care. All professional level coursework is integrated into this course with the introduction of clinical neuroanatomy, developmental sequencing, and a variety of neurological approaches. Common neurological pathologies and their clinical manifestations are discussed. Laboratory participation and the case study approach to patient care decision making is emphasized. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PTA 221B.
Therapeutic Exercise II5
PTA 231B
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4 Quarter Hours

Describes the levels of independence along the mobility spectrum addressing safety, positioning, and guarding techniques for each level. Bed mobility, wheelchair utilization, assistive device training, and transfers, using proper body mechanics are learned. Normal gait patterns are studied and deviations are reviewed. Basic orthotics and prosthetics are presented. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with methods to optimize patient mobility. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the BRS or PTA program.
Functional Mobility4
PTA 241C
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study to analyze the unique physical therapy challenges of the geriatric and acute care patient populations. Topics covered in detail include burn and open wound management, cardiac rehabilitation, multiple trauma, circulatory assistive devices, postsurgical management, and orthopedic and neurological conditions common to the elderly.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PTA 211.
Acute and Long-Term Care3
PTA 258
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3 Quarter Hours

Presents a focused study of the special rehabilitation needs of patient groups including athletes, adults with neurological disorders, children, and industrial workers. Topics covered include patient education, injury prevention, special rehabilitation techniques, and other specific information for each group. A variety of areas may be covered including: aquatic exercise programs, sports medicine for the athlete, industrial rehabilitation, treatment and positioning of the pediatric patient, adult neurological rehabilitation, and other current topics in physical therapy. Assessment and treatment of common diagnoses in these groups are addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PTA 211.
Special Topics in Physical Therapy3
PTA 261B
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1 Quarter Hours

Focuses on professionalism, the role of the interdisciplinary health care team, effective communication skills, and patient interviewing techniques. Also described in detail are the critical nature of self-assessment, recognition of stressors, and utilization of appropriate coping mechanisms. This course will also orient students to the part-time clinical experience process.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the BRS or PTA program.
Professional Preparation I1
PTA 262A
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides PTA students with a capstone experience to assimilate previous didactic and clinical material in preparation for sitting for the licensure examination including academic review and application process. Requirements of this course include submission of written case study, submission of portfolio, and sitting for a timed practice licensure examination.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
PTA Capstone1
PTA 263
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1 Quarter Hours

Presents an overview of the organizational structure in a physical therapy department and orientation to management/supervisory styles. Also described in detail are operational issues impacting the PTA in today's healthcare arena, including documentation guidelines, billing and insurance issues, and total quality improvement. This course will also orient students to the full-time clinical affiliation process.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PTA 261B.
Professional Preparation II1
PTA 271D
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8 Quarter Hours

Provides a six-week, unpaid, practical, learning experience at a clinical setting, performing under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. In-services may be required by the clinical site. Clinical competencies will be assessed by the student's clinical instructor. Students are expected to complete 240 hours.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PTA 222B.
Clinical Education III8
PTA 272D
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8 Quarter Hours

Provides a six-week, unpaid, practical, work experience at a clinical setting, performing under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. In-services may be required by the clinical site. Clinical competencies will be assessed by the student's clinical instructor. A greater emphasis on independence, professional confidence, and competent decision making will be expected in this final clinical experience. Students are expected to complete 240 hours.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Clinical Education IV8
PTA 281
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3 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems as it relates to normal motor control and sensory integration. The neurological foundations of therapeutic exercise principles are introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Neurological Foundations of Motor Control for the PTA3
SCI 101C
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5 Quarter Hours

Deals with the fundamental study of the body with a view toward the structure and function of body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. Laboratory work may include the use of the microscope, experiments/demonstrations in physiologic principles, and the dissection of animal parts. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy and Physiology I5
SCI 102C
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Anatomy and Physiology II5
SCI 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Pathophysiology4
SCI 271A
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes advanced human anatomy and physiology as well as the study of movement biomechanics and basic physics principles. Angiology, arthrology, osteology, and myology are explored by anatomical region. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Clinical Kinesiology5
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements26 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 114

Program Description

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a technical health care worker who performs patient care under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Typical settings include hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, private practice, geriatric care facilities, sport medicine centers, school systems, and industrial sites. For information about the licensure examination see www.fsbpt.org/ExamCandidates. Program Status: Limited Enrollment.

Role of a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs implement selected components of patient/client interventions (treatment), obtain data related to the interventions provided, and make modifications in selected interventions either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort.

PTAs assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

The physical therapist is responsible for the services provided by the PTA. Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

PTAs provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. PTAs must graduate from a CAPTE-accredited PTA program and licensure or certification is required in most states in which a PTA works.

The Physical Therapy Profession

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. For more than 750,000 people every day in the United States, physical therapists:

  • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
  • Restore, maintain, and promote not only optimal physical function, but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health assisted by PTAs when appropriate.
  • Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries.

The terms "physical therapy" and "physiotherapy," and the terms "physical therapist" and "physiotherapist," are synonymous. The terms "physical therapist assistant" and "physical therapy aide or technician" are not synonymous. PTAs complete an intensive education culminating in an associate degree. Aides and technicians are on-the-job trained and not eligible to provide physical therapy by many payers, including Medicare.

Sources: Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2nd Edition (2003);
A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Assistant Education: Version 2007

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, faculty, clients, caregivers, families, members of the healthcare team and with individuals of all ages, races, genders, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical records to accurately perform job functions and duties.
  • Observe clients' response before, during, and after treatment in close and distant proximity to maintain client safety and assess their performance.
  • Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the client.
  • Transport heavy, wheeled equipment and clients in wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
  • Demonstrate motor skills for safe and effective client-centered intervention.
  • Provide assessment and treatment for clients with varied disabilities including clients who may be terminally ill, have transmittable diseases, psychiatric disorders, developmental disorders and other conditions.
  • Utilize technology for coursework and client-centered interventions.
  • Perform continuous physical work to fulfill clinical education course requirements.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to fulfill clinical and course requirements.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills necessary for clinical decision making and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions, emergent demands, and a distracting environment.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, professional standards and code of ethics established by the American Physical Therapy Association, Baker College conduct guidelines, and clinical sites policies and procedures to fulfill requirements of rotating schedules and heavy workloads and demonstrate personal accountability for actions and decision outcomes.
Mission

Our mission for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to graduate students who have obtained the knowledge and skills to become employed as licensed physical therapist assistants and become contributing members of the physical therapy profession and health care team in diverse settings.

Program Philosophy

The faculty and administrators of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program believe that technical, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills are important components of a quality educational experience. In addition, teamwork, ethics, and problem-solving skills are emphasized throughout the educational experience to ensure graduation of competent physical therapist assistants.

Goal Statement

The goal of this program is to provide students with appropriate didactic and clinical experience leading to successful licensure and entry-level employment in the profession of physical therapy.

Customer Satisfaction Policy

Baker College is an institution focused on customer satisfaction. To that end, any concerns or complaints regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant Program can be sent to the attention of the director of the program on the appropriate campus. The director will investigate the complaint, consult with all parties involved, and provide a response as soon as all information has been evaluated. The program director will inform the Dean of Health Sciences of the complaint, investigation, and what actions have been taken.

If resolution cannot be reached at the level of the program director, the problem will follow the chain of command beginning with the Dean of Health Sciences, followed by the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academics of the campus, the President of the campus, and finally the President of the Baker College System.

Program Outcomes

These Program Outcomes are based on 2013 Standards and apply to the Auburn Hills campus:
Graduates will:

  1. Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, caregivers, and other health-care team members in an appropriate and effective manner.
  2. Exhibit professional and ethical conduct that reflects expectations of society and other members of the profession, APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct and APTA Values-Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant.
  3. Provide safe and competent interventions that are appropriate for the patient's condition and consistent with the plan of care established by the supervising physical therapist.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills as part of assessing patient status in order to implement and/or modify interventions performed under the supervision of the physical therapist.
  5. Be prepared to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTAE) in order to gain employment as a physical therapist assistant.
  6. Demonstrate sensitivity to individual and cultural differences in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  7. Provide treatment instruction for patients and families using appropriate techniques and materials consistent with the learning styles of the audience, including educating others regarding the role of the physical therapist assistant.
  8. Utilize the physical therapist's plan of care in order to implement treatment, progress patients toward established goals, provide patient education, and assist with outcomes measures and discharge planning.
  9. Complete thorough and accurate documentation in a timely manner that reflects the appropriate standard of care.
  10. Provide legal and ethical services which are cost-effective and efficient under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in a variety of settings.
  11. Interact with other members of the healthcare team, supervise and delegate to ancillary personnel, participate in quality assurance activities, and provide accurate and timely billing information.
  12. Participate in public activities that promote health and wellness as well as prevention of illness and injury.
  13. Participate in community, service, and professional organizations that strive to meet the needs of patients and consumers.
  14. Demonstrate competency in collecting specific objective data with the use of established tools and chart reviews that allow for patient interventions and progression according to the supervising physical therapist's plan of care.
  15. Prepare a self-assessment and action plan as a model of ongoing career development and lifelong learning.

 

These Program Outcomes are based on Standards prior to 2013 and apply to the Allen Park, Flint and Muskegon campuses:
Graduates will:

  1. Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, caregivers, and other health-care team members in an appropriate and effective manner.
  2. Demonstrate sensitivity to individual and cultural differences in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  3. Exhibit professional and ethical conduct that reflects expectations of society and members of the health-care profession.
  4. Demonstrate problem-solving skills that allow for appropriate patient management consistent with the supervising physical therapist's plan of care.
  5. Provide treatment instruction for patients and families using appropriate techniques and materials consistent with the learning styles of the audience including educating others regarding the role of the physical therapist assistant.
  6. Demonstrate competency in collecting specific objective data with the use of established tools and chart reviews that allow for patient intervention and progression according to the supervising physical therapist's plan of care.
  7. Utilize the physical therapist's plan of care in order to: implement treatment; progress toward established goals and outcomes; provide patient education; and assist with discharge planning.
  8. Provide safe and competent interventions that are appropriate for the patient's condition and consistent with the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  9. Complete thorough and accurate docuementation in a timely manner that reflects the appropriate standard of care.
  10. Provide services, which are cost effective and efficient under the direction of a physical therapist in a variety of settings.
  11. Supervise ancillary personnel and delegate care plan specific activities as well as provide accurate and timely billing information.
  12. Prepare a self-assessment and action plan as a model of ongoing career development.
  13. Obtain employment as a physical therapist assistant.
  14. Participate in public activities that promote health and wellness as well as prevention of illness and injury.
  15. Participate in community, service and professional organizations that strive to meet the needs of patients and consumers.
  16. Communicate ideas in both written and oral form.
  17. Obtain, analyze, and synthesize information into oral and written presentations both in the classroom and in the workplace.
  18. Comprehend, communicate, and interpret numeric and graphical data.
  19. Synthesize and evaluate data using quantitative problem-solving processes.
  20. Explore, analyze, and explain major patterns of human behavior within the personal and social environment.
  21. Apply basic computer skills to the management of information.
Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Current Students

It is strongly recommended that each student meet and discuss the specific requirements for acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program with the program coordinator/director of his/her campus. Students are responsible for obtaining an application packet. The application packet will include a PTA program clinical observation requirement form, physical therapy observation experience form, three recommendation forms, a waiver form and a PTA program application form. Application packets will not be accepted without all of the following compiled:

  1. Physical Therapy Observation Experience Form: The student must complete 20 documented hours of clinical observation in a physical therapy setting or settings of the student's choice. Students may be required to complete their observation hours at more than one clinical site. Students document the name of the facility/facilities, dates of observation, hours, what he/she observed, and have aPT or PTA signature.
  2. Recommendation Forms: The student is responsible for having three individuals complete a recommendation form on his/her behalf and have them sent directly to the program coordinator/director. The persons completing the recommendations should be professional's who know the student. They should not be friends or family members.
  3. Program Student Acknowledgement: The student must complete the waiver form, which states the student understands and agrees to comply with the Physical Therapist Assistant program requirements.
  4. Application Form: The student must complete an application form. A new application will be required each time the student applies to the program.
  5. All background checks must be completed by Friday Week 7 of the Application Quarter.

The student must submit all of the listed application materials no later than the deadline specified:

Allen Park and Flint students: Spring Quarter- Friday Week 5, Full-time Technical Program.

  • Auburn Hills students: Fall Quarter- Friday Week 5 (Application packet available Fall Quarter Week 1).
  • The HOBET exam will be offered during the Quarter in which applications are due. Dates and times are campus specific. The HOBET exam may be taken 2 times total, not more than once in 12 months.
  • Muskegon students: Spring Quarter- Friday Week 5, Full-time Technical Program; November 1, Extended Technical Program.

Students must successfully complete all academic requirements by the end of the quarter in which he/she is applying. Online classes may extend beyond this deadline and will not be eligible for fulfillment of application requirements.

Students may not apply to the same program on multiple campuses in a given application period.

Limited Enrollment

Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. Selection criteria have been developed to choose the most qualified students for limited enrollment programs.  Students who have successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements for their program are eligible to apply for full acceptance in to the professional track of the program. Refer to the program information supplement for program specific details on the application process, the criteria used, and the courses used in the GPA calculations.

Once selected through the limited enrollment criteria, for full acceptance into a program, students must complete program requirements including, but not limited to: program specific orientations, background checks, drug screens, etc. Please contact your campus official for additional information.

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Programs at Allen Park, Flint, and Muskegon are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone:703-706-3245; Web address: www.capteonline.org or via e-mail: accreditation@apta.org

Effective 7/31/13, Baker College of Auburn Hills has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

For Information about the Licensure Exam see: https://www.fsbpt.org/ExamCandidates.aspx

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Campus Contacts

Allen Park

Sherry Saggers, PTA, MS

PTA Program Chair
4500 Enterprise Drive
Allen Park, MI 48101
Phone: 313-425-3759
Fax: 313-425-3777

Auburn Hills

Sarah Case, PT, DScPT

Director, PTA Program
1500 University Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Phone: 248-276-8269
Fax: 248-276-8270

Flint

Patricia Willmarth, PT, MS, C/NDT

Associate Dean, Physical Therapist Assistant/Therapeutic Massage
1050 West Bristol Road
Flint, MI 48507
Phone: 810-766-4130
Fax: 810-766-2055

Muskegon

Peter A. Schaub, M.S., P.T.

PTA Department Chair
1903 Marquette Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Phone: 231-777-5276
Fax: 231-777-5291

Program Performance

Allen Park PTA Program

Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation, next review 2013

Year Applicants Students Accepted Graduates Liscensure Pass Rate Employed Status
2010 67 21 21 of 21 enrolled in 2009 90% (18/20)  
2011 82 22 20 of 21 enrolled in 2010 90% (18/20) 100% of Available Graduates
2012 67 22 15 of 22 enrolled in 2011 85.71% (12/14) 100% of Available Graduates

 

Auburn Hills PTA Program

 

Year Applicants Students Accepted Graduates Liscensure Pass Rate Employed Status
2014 18 16 TBA TBA TBA

 

Flint PTA Yearly Statistics

Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation, next review 2018

Year Applicants Students Accepted Graduates Liscensure Pass Rate Employed Status
2010 113 32 (30 entered program) 29 of 30 enrolled in 2009 67.86% 100% of Available Graduates
2011 107 33 32 of 32 enrolled in 2010 63.64% (21/33) 100% of Available Graduates
2012 58 32 30 of 32 enrolled in 2011 96.67% (29/30) 100% of Available Graduates

 

Muskegon PTA Yearly Statistics

Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation, next review 2017

Year Applicants Students Accepted Graduates Liscensure Pass Rate Employed Status
2010 Extended Program: 55
Full-time Program: 74
Extended: 20
Full-time: 20
35 of 40 enrolled in 2009 93.3% (14/15)  
2011 Extended Program: 45
Full-time Program: 55
Extended: 20
Full-time: 20
34 of 40 enrolled in 2010 100% 100% of Available Graduates
2012 Extended Program: 43
Full-time Program: 48
Extended: 20
Full-time: 20
35 of 40 enrolled in 2011 100%  
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