Introduction

The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and Bachelor of Science in Community Health dual degree will provide PTA students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of Health Care and expand on their Associate degree by focusing on one of the Community Health concentration areas which include:  Gerontology, Public Health, Human Services, Women’s Health, and Health Care Business.

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Admissions office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

Curriculum Requirements

To complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health, students must successfully complete a total of 129 semester hours. These hours are distributed as follows:

  • General Education = 30 semester hours (which must include nine semester hours of the Clarkson College Health Care Core curriculum)
  • Support Courses = 22 semester hours
  • Community Health Major Courses = 12 semester hours
  • PTA Degree Coursework = 47 semester hours
  • One Community Health Concentration = 18 semester hours

Program requires Health and Safety – View Health and Safety Information

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Required Courses for Dual Degree - Community Health

General Education Courses

(30 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BU 104 - Basic Computer Applications 3
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
MA 120 - College Algebra 3
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3
SO 220 - Medical Sociology 2
ST 310 - Statistics 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 30
Support Courses

(12 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
BU 240 - Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
HM 260 - Data Management and Analytics 3
BU 371 - Organizational Behavior 3
BU 411 - Operations and Quality Management 3
Total Semester Hours 22
Physical Therapist Assistant Major Core Courses

(47 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
PTA 105 - Functional Anatomy for the Physical Therapist Assistant 3
PTA 106 - Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PTA 107 - Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PTA 110 - Basic Skills in Physical Therapy 3
PTA 115 - Therapeutic Exercise I 3
PTA 120 - Therapeutic Modalities I 3
PTA 125 - Clinical Practicum I 1
PTA 205 - Pathophysiology 3
PTA 210 - Therapeutic Modalities II 3
PTA 213 - Professional Leadership Seminar 1
PTA 215 - Therapeutic Exercise II 3
PTA 220 - Clinical Practicum II 3
PTA 230 - Advanced Procedures 3
PTA 235 - Therapeutic Exercise III 3
PTA 240 - Clinical Practicum III 5
PTA 245 - Clinical Practicum IV 6
Total Semester Hours 47

Students will choose one of the following concentration areas (18 semesters each):

Gerontology concentration
Courses Semester Hours
PY 220 - Death and Dying: Perspectives for Health Care Providers 2
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
CHL 330 - Health and Physical Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 333 - Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 334 - Managing End of Life Care 3
CHL 336 - Seminar in Gerontology 2
BU 420 - Long Term Care 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Public Health concentration
Courses Semester Hours
CHL 250 - Epidemiology 3
CHL 251 - Environmental Risk Factors and Disease 3
CHL 351 - Data Collection and Future Trends in Public Health 3
CHL 353 - Community Engagement in Public Health 3
ST 410 - Advanced Statistics for Public Health Care 3
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Human Services concentration
Courses Semester Hours
PY 200 - Human Development 3
CHL 242 - Human Services Theory and Application 3
CHL 244 - Vulnerable Populations 3
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics 1
CHL 246 - Information and Referral 1
CHL 247 - Understanding the Criminal Justice System 1
CHL 248 - Introduction to Grant Writing 2
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention Seminar 1
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention Seminar 1
Total Semester Hours 16
Women’s Health concentration
Courses Semester Hours
CHL 260 - Evolution of Women’s Health 3
CHL 261 - Women’s Health in Contemporary Society 3
CHL 265 - Literary Perspectives of Women’s Health 3
CHL 362 - Global Issues in Women’s Health 3
CHL 364 - Mental Health of Women Throughout the Lifespan 3
CHL 365 - Women’s Health Seminar: Mammography 1
CHL 366 - Women’s Health Seminar: Pharmacology 1
CHL 367 - Women’s Health Seminar: Preventative and Restorative Topics 1
Total Semester Hours 18
Health Care Business concentration
Courses Semester Hours
BU 130 - Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BU 210 - Business Communications 3
BU 306 - Principles of Management 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Health Care Business concentration - electives

Students select 3 of the following electives:

Courses Semester Hours
BU 121 - Survey of Economics 3
BU 199 - Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BU 211 - Business and Health Law 3
BU 310 - Revenue Cycle Management 3
BU 320 - Human Resources Management 3
BU 326 - Principles of Marketing 3
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
BU 425 - Project Management 3
BU 450 - Strategic Management 3
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
Total Semester Hours 30
Last updated: 08/27/2018