Physical Therapist Assistant

Information on the alignment requirements for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

CIP Code: 51.0806
CIP Name: Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant
Definition: A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of a physical therapist, to implement physical therapy treatment care plans, train patients, conduct treatment interventions, use equipment, and observe and record patient progress. Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, applied kinesiology, principles and procedures of physical therapy, basic neurology and orthopedics, physical therapy modalities, documentation skills, psychosocial aspects of health care, wound and injury care, electrotherapy, working with orthotics and prostheses, and personal and professional ethics.

Approval Status

The Physical Therapist Assistant Alignment was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on October 20, 2010.  Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment.  

State Business and Industry Committee recommendation

In lieu of a Letter of Guidance, KBOR has requested the use of an alignment map. The alignment map dated 10/20/10 has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.  As a result of external accreditation, three of the four purposes of program alignment are met when applied to the Associate Degree Physical Therapy Assistant program. All programs should be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  All students should obtain the Certified Physical Therapist Assistant (CPTA) credential which is required for employment.

Alignment Map:

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Common Courses
Institutions may utilize existing like courses which adhere to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) content matrix requirements, courses competencies and standards. 

To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.