Occupational Therapists help individuals achieve independence and improve one's ability to perform daily activities and self-care. For example, Occupational Therapists may help a patient learn to dress themselves, brush their teeth or comb their hair after a stroke or illness that has severely weakened their arms. Physical Therapists focus on the large motor skills that contribute to walking, reaching, standing and physical activities. They work on strength, balance, range of motion and swelling as well as pain to encourage independence. Physical Therapists typically work with patients that have or had an injury or impairment and work to try to restore the injury or impairment back to normal functioning, or as normal as possible so that they may continue to function within daily living.
Explore more about Physical Therapists through the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Explore more about Occupational Therapists through the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Although not a requirement, if you are interested in graduating with a completed Associates degree from PPSC, you will want to pursue the Associate of Arts rather than the Associate of Science because the AA accommodates multiple social science courses required for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Once you complete an AA degree at PPSC, you will need to transfer to a four-year college or university in an Allied Health Track or Physical Therapy Track program. Then you will need to apply to Occupational Therapy schools to earn a Master's or Doctorate degree and Physical Therapy schools to earn a Doctorate degree.
There is one institution that offers Occupational Therapy advanced degrees in Colorado. Review these degree requirements for Colorado State University-Fort Collins.
See the Medical School Resources page for more information on how to get into Medical School.
Courses & Credits
ENG 121/1021 (3) English Composition I
MAT 121/1340 (4) College Algebra
PSY 101/1001 (3) Prerequisite for PSY 235
CHE 101/1011 (5) Introduction to Chemistry
Total Credits: 18
CHE 101/1011 prerequisite to CHE 111/1111 is only needed if student has not passed High School Chemistry or had no previous college Chemistry.
Courses & Credits
Arts and Humanities (3 credits) See Catalog or Degree Check for choices.
PHY 111/1111 (5) Physics Algebra-Based I
PSY 235/2440 (3) or another Social and Behavioral Science from another Guaranteed Transfer area.
MAT 201/2410 Calculus I (5) Not required for some degrees.
Total Credits: 16
PT and OT Assistants are also a vital part of the physical therapy/occupational therapy arena. With a shorter educational path you can work side-by-side with Physical/Occupational Therapists making a difference in people's lives.
Explore more about Physical Therapy Assistants through the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
PPSC's Physical Therapy Assistant Program
Review the requirements for PPSC's PTA program on the department website and work with your general Health Sciences Advisor to get the prerequisites completed.
PPSC does not yet have an OTA program. Therefore, you would have to transfer to another institution to complete the OTA degree.
Other PTA and OTA Programs
Many of these programs can include the following courses:
* Some programs will accept BIO 106/1006 (4) Basic Anatomy & Physiology, but confirm this with your program of choice before you take this course.