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Physical Therapist Assistant grads achieve perfect pass rate on licensure exam

Every graduate of Seminole State's Physical Therapist Assistant Program class of 2013 passed the licensure exam.

For the sixth time in the last decade, Seminole State College of Florida’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) graduates achieved a perfect pass rate on the licensure exam.

All 25 graduates of the PTA Program’s class of 2013 passed the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) on their first attempt, which, sometimes in conjunction with local jurisprudence exams, licenses them to begin work as physical therapist assistants. A perfect programwide pass rate is somewhat rare. Last year, only 17 percent of the country’s PTA programs – 53 of 309 – received a 100 percent pass rate.

“We’re very proud of this graduating class,” says Dr. Jeffrey Miller, program manager for the PTA Program. “Pass rates of 100 percent continue to build the solid reputation of Seminole State College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program.”

Seminole State’s PTA Program also boasted perfect pass rates for the NPTE in 2011, 2010, 2007, 2005 and 2004.

The exam, presented by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, is generally the final step graduates must take before entering the workforce. To sit for the test, students must already have graduated from an accredited physical therapist assistant program.

Many of the program’s graduates already have accepted jobs, and some utilized temporary licenses that allowed them to begin practicing physical therapy without waiting for the results of the NPTE, Dr. Miller says.

In addition to their hard work and dedication, Miller says much of the students’ success is thanks to Dr. Mayra Eschbach, the professor who works one-on-one with second-year students to prepare them for the licensure exam.

“The most important fact is that all the students who finished our program were successful,” Eschbach says. “This is what they’ve all worked so hard for, so it’s great to see them all succeed, and now we get to send them out to work for the benefit of everyone in the community.”

Graduates in Seminole State’s Nursing Program (RN) also had a perfect 100 percent pass rate on their licensing exam for 2012. Scores for 2013 RN grads will be announced next month.

Seminole State College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program, based at the Altamonte Springs Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). It incorporates academic courses with hands-on clinical experience. Seminole State has the largest PTA program in Central Florida. The average entry-level annual pay for graduates is more than $46,000. For more information, please visit the Physical Therapist Assistant website, or call 407.404.6004.

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