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Physical Therapist Assistant - General Management - Dual Associate Degree

If you want a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant but also have an interest in business management, this dual associate degree from Delta College is for you.

About the program

Delta College students have an option to add a second associate degree in General Management to the Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree at the same time.

Students should complete the business course requirements for the dual degree before beginning clinical work as a PTA.

Job outlook

With this dual associate degree, possible careers might include managing other PTAs or running an office, in addition to patient care/clinical work.

The need for physical therapist assistants is expected to grow by 26 percent in Michigan and 41 percent nationwide from 2012 through 2022, largely due to the needs of an older population and the growing rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity. The average yearly earnings for a PTA is $43,740 in Michigan and $54,410 nationally.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Find out more

Chris Hausbeck, PT, DPT
PTA program coordinator
Health and Wellness Division
989-686-9316; Office F263 

For questions about the business management courses for this degree, contact: 

Dawn Fairchild, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
989-686-9220; Office G110

Physical Therapist Assistant - General Management - Dual Associate Degree

Program Code: DE.30575

Dual associate degrees are available in several Health curricula and the Automotive Service Technology curricula with the General Management Program. Generally, the requirements are completed simultaneously; however, the business courses normally will be completed prior to beginning your clinical sequence. Your diploma will list both the Associate in Applied Science Degree and the Associate in Business Studies Degree.

You will need to earn the required number of credits for your Associate in Applied Science Degree plus 24 credits from the courses below for the Associate in Business Studies Dual Degree.

If you have earned a degree previously, you may not use courses from that degree to satisfy the requirements of a Dual Degree. It is possible that your previous degree may have included one or more of the required business courses. You do not have to retake such classes, but must replace them from the list of approved business courses under the dual degree to complete the additional 24 credits by instruction at Delta College.

Business Core Requirements for Degree

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ACC 1214Accounting for Managers OR ______________
ACC 211(4)Principles of Financial Accounting ______________
CST 133W4Computer Concepts & Competencies OR ______________
CST 134(3)Micro Computers in Business Using MS Office ______________
MGT 153W3Introduction to Business ______________
MGT 2453Principles of Management ______________
OAT 1513Business Communication I ______________

Electives (Choose 7/8 credits from the following)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ACC 2124Principles of Managerial Accounting ______________
ACC 2144Computerized Accounting ______________
CST 1041Microsoft Word Foundations ______________
CST 1051Outlook ______________
CST 1512Spreadsheet Fundamentals OR ______________
CST 155(3)Microsoft EXCEL ______________
CST 2042Microsoft Word: Intermediate ______________
CST 2573Database MS Access ______________
ECN 221W4Principles of Macroeconomics ______________
MGT 1103Business Mathematics ______________
MGT 1453Principles of Sales ______________
MGT 2433Principles of Marketing ______________
MGT 251W3Business Law I ______________
MGT 2563Human Resources Management I ______________
MGT 257W3Human Resources Management II ______________
OAT 1523Business Communication II ______________
PHL 203W3Business Ethics OR ______________
PHL 210W(2)Information Technology Ethics & Law ______________

24Total Credits


1 - In addition to completing all the courses for an approved applied science program (see above), you must complete a minimum of 24 credits by instruction at Delta College.
2 - If a student has already earned credit in one or more of the required courses, the student will select other courses from the list of electives to total 24 credits.
3 - Student re-entry procedures are printed in the handbook given to all clinical students.
4 - Credits required for a dual degree vary according to the chosen curricula.

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