Details About the Course

PTA Basic Refresher Course (2 credits – PTA 2780)

Offered online each semester; for current offerings or to register, go to Lake Superior College’s course schedule (or, go to LSC’s home page at and click on “course schedule”)

Next course starts October 2014.  Registration opens mid-April.  Questions?  View the FAQ on the right side of this page.

Course Details:

1.  Students complete course assignments and readings at their own pace, though they are encouraged to follow the class schedule so as not to fall behind.
2.  The course is held completely online, so RELIABLE high-speed access to the internet is required.
3.  There is no set time of day or day of the week that students need to be online, although students should plan to spend at least 8-12 hours per week studying for the course and completing course assignments.
4.  **The longer time out of the field, the more time a student will need to spend studying and reviewing.  This course is a first step for those out of the field 10 or more years; it may not be the only step you need to take to refresh your knowledge.
5.  Interaction with the instructor and other students occurs via e-mail and a course bulletin board, organized by week and topic.
6.  Students submit assignments via discussion board posting and by completing quizzes.   Instructions are provided.  Basic computer skills are expected.

Course Outcomes Assessment Methods
1. Student will be able to describe data collection techniques used by the PTA. Class discussion, written assignment
2. Student will be able to discuss current treatment modalities used in physical therapy, including application, indications, and contraindications. Class discussion, written assignment
3. Students will be able to describe and discuss current theories related to physical therapy treatment for patients with a wide range of diagnoses, including those in specialized settings such as school systems. Class discussion, written assignment
4. Students will be able to discuss legal and ethical aspects of current physical therapy practice. Class discussion, written assignment

**Detailed Class Schedule (including content covered each week)

Prerequisites: graduate of CAPTE-accredited physical therapist assistant program or consent of instructor.  We take your word for this, and it is not required that you send a transcript.

Text, References, and supplies: PTAEXAM: The Complete Study Guide, by Scott Giles (2015 edition; also acceptable to use editions from 2010-2013); available through (cost is $75.00).  Book should be purchased directly from Scorebuilders prior to the start of the class.  This book is not available in the LSC bookstore.

To register for the course, go to:  VISIT THE FAQ PAGE (link above) if you need help registering.

Cost: approximately $450 including tuition and fees (this does not include the cost of the course textbook).  For current tuition and fees, go to or call the LSC Business Office at (800) 432-2884 (ask for the Business Office).  You will also be able to see exact fees for the course on the course description page as you begin the registration process.

For more information about the course itself, please contact Jane Worley via e-mail at, or via telephone at (800) 432-2884, extension 7632 or locally at 733-7632.  For technical difficulties with registration, please call the LSC Help Desk at (218) 733-1016 during daytime hours.  Please read the FAQ first.