PTA Curriculum

General Education Courses

Must complete general education courses prior to beginning the PTA Program with a “C” or better and maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA in the general education courses.

Fall Semester
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
BI240 Anatomy 4
EN101 *English 1 3
PY121 General Psychology 3
AH160 Basic Medical Terminology 3
Spring Semester
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
BI242 **Physiology 4
SP175 Speech 3
BT160 Microcomputer Applications 3
MT122 *College Algebra 3
BT240 Employment Strategies 1
Summer Semester
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
HI103/PL216 *American History to 1877 OR *National Government 3


  • Note: BI238 Anatomy and Physiology – the combined 8 credit hour courses, can be taken in place of the separate BI240 Anatomy and BI242 Physiology
  • *Testing Required
  • **Pre-Requisite Required
  • Dual credit/Transfer credit This plan is designed for students with no dual or transfer credit. If you have taken courses at other colleges, you will need to provide official transcripts to NCMC.
  • Developmental Studies This plan assumes that the student does not need to take Developmental Studies courses. Placement test scores determine whether or not the student will need to complete Developmental Studies courses. You can learn more about Developmental Studies courses in the NCMC Academic Catalog.

PTA Courses

Once accepted into the PTA Program, you will take the following courses.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
COM125 Job Search Strategies 1
PTA101 Introduction to PTA 1
PTA102 Advanced Musculoskeletal & Nervous System Anatomy 2
PTA115 Basic Patient Care Lab 1
PTA116 Basic Patient Care 2
PTA117 Documentation for the PTA 1
PTA118 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 3
PTA119 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab 1
PTA121 Physical Agents and Modalities Lab 1
PTA125 Principles of Therapeutic Exercise Lab 1
PTA127 Physical Agents and Modalities 1
PTA129 Health and Disease I 4
PTA135 Clinical Practice I 2
PTA201 PTA as a Profession 1
PTA202 Health and Disease II 1
PTA204 Electrotherapeutic Modalities 1
PTA205 Electrotherapeutic Modalities Lab 1
PTA208 Orthopedics for the PTA 2
PTA211 Orthopedics Lab for the PTA 1
PTA220 Comprehensive Review and Licensure Requirements for the PTA 2
PTA223 Neurological Therapeutic Exercise 3
PTA224 Neurological Therapeutic Exercise Lab 2
PTA235 Clinical Practice II 4
PTA245 Clinical Practice III 4
PTA289 Research in Physical Therapy 2


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NCMC Contact Information



Kristi Cutsinger, MBA

Program Coordinator of Health Sciences
North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
(660) 357-6284
(660) 359-3948 ext. 1284

PTA Contact Information

Katherine Berrey, MS.Ed

Department Chair/Instructor
One Technology Drive
Linn, MO 65051
(573) 897-5000