Physical Therapist Assistant / BSHS / MSAT

Description of the Dual Degree Program 

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Bachelors of Science in Health Science (BSHS) / Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) dual degree program is a unique program for select students. Normally, obtaining these degrees would take a total of 6 years, but with the dual degree, the program can be completed in 5 years, graduating with a PTA, BSHS, and MSAT degree. Both the PTA and MSAT programs are accredited by their respective governing bodies. 

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must be admitted to the PTA program and be dually enrolled in the BSHS degree. The applicant will use the normal program application for the PTA program. Students must complete the PTA program and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to be considered for admission to the MSAT program. In addition, declaring interest in the dual degree program needs to be made during the fall semester of year two in the PTA program. 

Awarding of Degrees 

The PTA degree will be awarded at the end of spring semester two (see table below). The BSHS degree will be awarded at the end of spring semester 4. The candidate will be eligible to sit for the Athletic Training Board Certification examination during the last academic semester of the dual degree program in the spring semester of year 5. 

Course Sequence

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 11013PSYC 11013PTA 02137
BIOL 1100
BIOL 1101L
4COMM 11013GE Objective 4, 6, 7, 8, 93
BIOL 3301
3301L
4HO 01073PSYC 33691
HO 01062PTA 01063 
PTA 01043PTA 01075 
PTA 01051  
 17 17 11
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PTA 01075PTA 02042CHEM 1102
CHEM 1103
4
HO 0208 or BIOL 33063PTA 02053ENGL 11023
PTA 02024PTA 02147 
MATH 11533CHEM 11013 
Health Care (choice)3  
 18 15 7
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIOL 3302
3302L
4Communication (choice)3AT 66003
DHS 44263Diversity (choice)2-3AT 66614
CPH 22003Exercise Physiology4GE Objective 4, 6, 7, 8, 93
PHYS 11004BIOL 3306, or CPH 4406, or RESP 2214 (Choose one)3-4GE Objective 4, 6, 7, 8, 93
 NTD 33403 
 14 15-17 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
AT 66043AT 66085 
AT 66403AT 66511-3 
AT 66623AT 66634 
GE Objective 4, 6, 7, 8, 93GE Objective 4, 6, 7, 8, 93 
 12 13-15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
AT 66022AT 66143 
AT 66511-3AT 66511-3 
AT 66643AT 66653 
AT 66065AT 66453 
 11-13 10-12
Total Credits: 173-181