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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Information

Associate of Applied Science


Curriculum Accreditation Performance


The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a technical healthcare worker who performs patient care under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Typical settings include hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, private practice, geriatric care facilities, sport medicine centers, school systems, and industrial sites. For information about the licensure examination see


This program is offered on the following campus: Allen Park (AP), Auburn Hills (AH), Flint (FL), Muskegon (MU)
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Program Directors:
Allen Park:   Sherry Saggers ([email protected])
Auburn Hills:   Susan Tomica ([email protected])
Flint: Erin Smith ([email protected])
Muskegon: Scott Henderson ([email protected])

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program (AAS)

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Program Waiver / Handbook

Program Mission & Outcomes


Our mission for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to graduate students who have obtained the knowledge and skills to become employed as licensed physical therapist assistants and become contributing members of the physical therapy profession and healthcare team in diverse settings.


Program Philosophy

The faculty and administrators of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program believe that technical, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills are important components of a quality educational experience. In addition, teamwork, ethics, and problem-solving skills are emphasized throughout the educational experience to ensure graduation of competent physical therapist assistants.


Goal Statement

The goal of this program is to provide students with appropriate didactic and clinical experience leading to successful licensure and entry-level employment in the profession of physical therapy.


Customer Satisfaction Policy

Baker College is an institution focused on customer satisfaction. To that end, any concerns or complaints regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant Program can be sent to the attention of the director of the program on the appropriate campus. The director will investigate the complaint, consult with all parties involved, and provide a response as soon as all information has been evaluated. The program director will inform the Dean of Health Sciences of the complaint, investigation, and what actions have been taken.

If resolution cannot be reached at the level of the program director, the problem will follow the chain of command beginning with the Dean of Health Sciences, followed by the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academics of the campus, the President of the campus, and finally the President of the Baker College System.


Course Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Plan

Background Check Requirements

Yes, Background Check required.  Visit the Background Checks page for more information.


Additional Program Information

Limited Enrollment Program Information

Application Semester: Spring     Health Science Limited Enrollment Application Spring 2020

Admission Exam: Test of Required Academic Skills (TEAS), 30% of ranking

Additional Information:  Health Science Limited Enrollment Program

Required Courses:
Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical or work site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. All students having successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements, are eligible to apply. Admittance criteria for all limited enrollment health science programs features a common set of prerequisite courses prior to acceptance to their selected program. Students have the opportunity to apply to multiple limited enrollment programs due to the common set of required courses used for the selection process.

General Education Courses

(Minimum Grade C)

Required Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

Weighted Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

(70% of Ranking)

ENG 1010 HSC 1010 BIO 1210
ENG 1020   BIO 1211
MTH 1050   BIO 1220
PSY 1110   BIO 1221
SPK 2010   BIO 2150


Students may attempt to earn a seat in a Limited Enrollment program up to two times. An attempt is defined as having completed all prerequisite coursework at or above the minimum grade required, completed the entrance exam, but were not awarded a seat due to their standing and limited seat capacity. Students reapplying must complete the program reapplication process including submitting a new application.

Note:  If you are a new transfer student or currently completing a required course at another institution, you must request an Official Transcript be sent to Baker College.  Your Official Transcript must be received by 5:00 pm the last Friday of the semester.  If you have previously provided your Official Transcript, you do not need to supply it again.

Library Resources

Visit the Baker College Research Guide page for library research resources for this program.

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Clinical / Work Experience Information

For information about when to apply, how to apply, and application requirements, please visit our Work Experience Information web page.

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