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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate in Science

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate in Science
Type: AS
Subplan Code: PTA-AS
CIP: 1351080601

Program Description

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.

Profession

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Job Outlook

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).

Certifications

Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the Florida Physical Therapy Assistant, Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA018) industry certification.

Placement and Salary Information

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Program Admission

This is a limited-access program. Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College and complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or equivalent, if necessary;
  • Complete and submit appropriate documentation for a minimum of 20 recent hours of observation, volunteer service, or work experience in more than one type of physical therapy setting. Observation hours in excess of 200 will not be considered.
  • Provide their MySeminoleState unofficial transcript to indicate:
    • Any General Education courses that are completed (ENC 1101, BSC 1010C and MAC 1105)
    • An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students from other accredited colleges (not Seminole State) must provide official transcripts for evaluation by the Office of Student Records. Once evaluation of transcripts is completed, it may be downloaded by logging into MySeminoleState.
  • Submit the completed PTA Program application packet available on the PTA website by April 30 with all attachments: MySeminoleState unofficial transcripts, PTA Program Application Form and forms documenting work, volunteer or observation experience. The most competitive candidates will exceed the basic minimums in all areas. Acceptance will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, drug/alcohol screening and physical examination. Students must be free of offenses which could potentially disqualify them from working in a healthcare environment (Florida Statutes 456.0635, 435.04 and 316.193) and potentially interfere with clinical assignment to these healthcare sites and licensure. Background checks include but are not limited to:
    • Online check of the Office of the Inspector General related to parties excluded from participation in Medicare/Medical and all federal healthcare programs.
    • Online search of U.S. General Services Administration of parties excluded from federal procurements and non-procurements programs.
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Courses
Available Courses
Required Courses
51
General Education Courses
23
or higher level MAC or MAP prefix course that meets General Education requirements.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Psychology or Sociology General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
74
Note:

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.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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