Jun 18, 2021  
2021-22 Academic Catalog 
2021-22 Academic Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS - Partnership Agreement with Germanna Community College

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The program is offered at Lord Fairfax Community College through a partnership with Germanna Community College (GCC). Students attend lecture classes at the Luray-Page County Center via distance education along with students at GCC. Labs will be conducted at the Page Memorial Hospital rehabilitation facility in Page County. Students will be placed in clinical education experiences throughout the LFCC service region and nearby areas.

The associate of applied science degree with a major in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), awarded by GCC, is designed to prepare successful graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of entry-level physical therapist assistants. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the national physical therapist assistant licensure examination, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Accreditation Status: The GCC PTA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), a specialized accrediting body nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The satellite program is under CAPTE review, with approval anticipated in early May 2021.

Admissions Requirements: Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for admission to both LFCC, for general education credits, and GCC, for core PTA program courses. For application information, materials and additional program information, please see: GCC College Catalog Pathway: Health Science website at
https://www.germanna.edu/pathways/health-science/physical-therapist-assistant, and the PTA program website at https://www.germanna.edu/physical-therapist-assistant.

Program Curriculum

Students progress sequentially through the PTA curriculum, designed to prepare the student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the physical therapist assistant. The curriculum includes classroom and lab components, and three full-time clinical education experiences. Progression to the subsequent semester is dependent on passing each PTH-prefix course with a C or better, maintaining an overall 2.5 or better GPA, and meeting course-specific requirements presented in each syllabus. Students are given opportunity for remediation if they are in danger of not passing a course.

The First Five courses below must be completed or in progress at the time of application to the program. Prerequisites completed at other institutions, including other VCCS colleges, will be evaluated for transfer upon the submission of the GCC transfer evaluation request form. Official transcripts are required for courses taken at non-VCCS institutions.

Program Total: 68 Credits

ART, ENG LIT, HUM, MUS, PHI, REL or Foreign Language elective. ELECTIVES General Studies All Programs (excluding Liberal Arts)  


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