Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

The Great Falls College PTA Program is a limited enrollment program, accepting a restricted number of students each year. Interested students are urged to contact the PTA Program Director or Advising and Career Center Advisors for student advising specific to admission requirements and criteria for program acceptance.


Background in basic sciences and proficiency in keyboarding are essential to success in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

Prior to fall admission into the PTA program students must:

AHMS 144Medical Terminology +3
AHPT 105Intro to Physcl Thrpist Assist (Prerequisite or corequisite with consent of program director) +3
BIOH 201Human Anat Phys I/Lab (= 301) **,+4
BIOH 211Human Anat Phys II & Lab(=311) *,+4
NOTE: UM Western students may substitute BIOB 160, BIOH 365 & BIOH 379 for GFC MSU BIOH 201 & BIOH 211. All 3 classes are required and must have a grade of C or higher (not C-) within the last 5 years of application.
M 140College Math for Healthcare (OR any math course in the MUS Core) **,+3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology3
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
Select one of the following:
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking +3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3

Program Course Requirements after Formal Acceptance

A grade of 76% or better is required to pass each class within the professional phase of the program:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AHPT 101 Physcl Thrpist Assist I / Lab *,+ 5
AHPT 205 Anat and Kinesio for the PTA *,+ 6
AHPT 206 Pathophysiology for the PTA *,+ 3
AHPT 210 Clinical Experience I *,+ 3
AHPT 218 Theraptc Exercise for the PTA *,+ 2
AHPT 201 Physcl Thrpist Assist II / Lab *,+ 5
AHPT 213 Neurorehab for the PTA *,+ 6
AHPT 215 Introduction to Orthopedics *,+ 4
AHPT 220 Clinical Experience II *,+ 3
AHPT 225 Semnr in Physcl Thrpist Assist *,+ 1
AHPT 230 Clinical Experience III *,+ 7
 Total Credits45