Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate in Science
Subplan Code: PTA-AS
Seminole State’s Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Students accepted into this limited-access program complete lecture, lab and clinical experiences during a five-term, lock-step course sequence. Coursework emphasizes patient care, PT principals and procedures, neurological and orthopedic therapies and industry trends. Graduates are eligible for licensure after successfully passing the National Physical Therapy Exam and the State Laws and Rules Exam.
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) play an important role in helping people regain their independence and mobility following an illness or injury. An integral member of a rehabilitation team, PTAs work under the supervision of a physical therapist to help patients of all ages improve their quality of life by restoring physical function or preventing permanent disability. PTAs are responsible for implementing treatment protocols, teaching exercises, performing therapies and reporting client response to the physical therapist. In addition to direct patient care, they also assist with patient transport, preparation for treatments and maintenance of equipment.
Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings including acute and rehabilitation hospitals, private physical therapy offices, community health centers, outpatient and sports facilities, corporate or industrial health centers, research institutions, extended care facilities and schools, colleges and universities.
The demand for PTAs continues to grow as the nation’s rising aging population lives a longer, more active lifestyle. Due to a nationwide shortage of PTAs, employment in this field is expected to grow by 45 percent (much faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the Florida Physical Therapy Assistant, Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA018) industry certification.
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This is a limited-access program. Candidates must:
Humanities General Education course
Psychology or Sociology General Education course
Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.
Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.
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