Physical Therapist Assistant Degree & Program
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.
To Become a Competitive Candidate for the PTA Program, Pre-PTA Students Must:
Begin corequisite coursework.
A grade of "C" or better must be attained in all the general education and support course requirements (called corequisites). There are seven general corequisite courses. The corequisite courses needed for the completion of your degree are indicated on the catalog page. It is recommended that students complete as many of these courses as possible prior to submitting an application.
Have an overall GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
A minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.50 is required to apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
Complete Observation Hours and/or PT Video Requirement.
Observation hours are required to seek exposure to physical therapy by working, volunteering, or observing in several physical therapy settings. This can be done in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient PT clinics. To gain exposure or experience, students should contact the chief of the PT department at a medical facility near them. They should tell the physical therapist that they are a pre-PTA student completing a requirement for Seminole State's PTA Program. Students should then courteously request the opportunity to work, observe or volunteer in the department.
- Complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation, volunteer service, or work experience in at least two different types of physical therapy settings (up to 100 observation hours will be considered).
- A Physical Therapy Experience Form must be completed and signed by the supervising PT or PTA from each facility. The completed form must be submitted with the PTA program application.
- An experience form signed by a non-PT or non-PTA does not meet this criterion.
Observation hours must have been completed in the 12 months prior to the application deadline.
Please note: Hospitals and clinics may require students to meet certain stipulations before allowing them to work or observe in their facilities.
Please also note: Orlando Health facilities are unable to accommodate new requests for clinical observation hours. The following facilities will not accept student volunteers: Orlando Regional Medical Center, the UF Health Cancer Center, Arnold Palmer Hospital including Pediatric Sports Medicine, Winnie Palmer Hospital, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, South Seminole Hospital, and Orlando Health Physician Group Practices.
Physical Therapy Video Assignments
Physical Therapy Video Assignments can be completed in lieu of obtaining observation hours for 2023 PTA applicants. Students that are unable to complete observation hours due to COVID-19 can utilize the PT videos in place of the observation requirement. The program will continue to accept completed observation hours forms. Students have the opportunity to watch physical therapy videos and complete correlating quizzes.
- The minimum number of PT videos/quizzes is two and the maximum is five.
- Videos/Quiz forms can be found on the PTA website.
- Completed PT quiz forms must be submitted with the PTA program application.
Please note: The 2023 application cycle will be the only application cycle in which the videos can be used in conjunction with observation hours. The 2024 PTA application will require observation hours, with no other alternatives.
Physical Therapy Videos and Quizzes
Take the TEAS® test and score at least 59% Adjusted Individual Total Score. The student's official TEAS® score must be in student's record prior to submitting a PTA application.
The test is offered on a walk-in basis at the Seminole State Assessment and Testing Centers (check the Assessement and Testing Center schedule for locations and times). Students can prepare for the test using the TEAS® study manual and/or the online practice assessment found at www.atitesting.com. Students can take the test up to three times within a 12 month period but must wait 31 days between retakes. Test scores are valid for two years.
Submit a completed PTA Application packet.
Official TEAS® score and transcripts must be in student's record prior to submitting a PTA application.
Applications for the PTA program, that begins in the fall semester, must be submitted in the month of February. Early or late applications will not be accepted.
- Complete the fillable PDF application form (download form, fill it out, save it in your documents). Handwritten or scanned copies will not be accepted.
- PTA Application Form for the Fall 2023 Program
- The PTA Application Form will be posted on this webpage during the month of February.
The required items below must be submitted in one email with your Full Name and Student ID# in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org..
Required Items (attach to email):
- Application form
- Unofficial copy of TEAS® score
- Unofficial copy of your Seminole State College transcript
- Completed observation hours forms and/or completed quiz forms.
Complete a criminal background check (after provisional acceptance).
All students enrolled in a Healthcare Professional program with a clinical or practicum component will be required to complete a full background check with drug/alcohol screening. Students are encouraged to review the clinical facility requirements prior to beginning their course work.
Complete physical examination form (after provisional acceptance).
All students are accepted pending successful completion of a Physical Examination Form. A physician's signature indicates a student is capable of performing the functions of a physical therapist assistant. Students will receive the physical examination form after provisional acceptance.
The two-year Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum begins each August and spans five consecutive terms. The first two terms consist entirely of classroom learning, while the final three terms consist of full-time clinical internship experiences (40 hours per week) as well as didactic classroom learning. Students will complete their full-time clinical internships in a physical therapy department and will receive supervision from an on-site clinical instructor who is either a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant.
The following courses are required to enter and/or complete Seminole State's PTA Program:
|Corequisite and General Education Courses|
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|ENC 1101 or ENC1102||English I or English II||3|
|BSC2010C or Gen Ed Science||General Biology I or General Education Science||4|
|BSC 2093C||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BSC 2094C||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|MAC 1105||College Algebra||3|
|XXX XXXX||Humanities General Education Course||3|
PSY XXXX or
|Any Psychology/Sociology Course||3|
|Core PTA Courses|
|PHT 1000||Introduction to Physical Therapy||2|
|PHT 1120||Functional Kinesiology||3|
|PHT 1120L||Functional Kinesiology Lab||2|
|PHT 1200||Basic Patient Care||2|
|PHT 1200L||Basic Patient Care Lab||2|
|PHT 2224||Therapeutic Exercise I||1|
|PHT 2224L||Therapeutic Exercise I Lab||2|
|PHT 1213||PT Principles and Procedures||3|
|PHT 1213L||PT Principles and Procedures Lab||2|
|PHT 1801C||Pre-Clinical Practice I Integration||4|
|PHT 1800L||PT Clinical Practice I (Internship)||4|
|PHT 2310||Orthopaedic Disabilities||3|
|PHT 2228||Therapeutic Exercise II||2|
|PHT 2228L||Therapeutic Exercise II Lab||2|
|PHT 2810L||PT Clinical Practice II (Internship)||4|
|PHT 2162||Neurological Disabilities and Treatments||4|
|PHT 2162L||Neurological Disabilities and Treatments Lab||2|
|PHT 2931||Trends in Physical Therapy||2|
|PHT 2820L||PT Clinical Practice III (Internship)||4|
- Counseling and Educational Planning: It is recommended that students visit a counselor or academic advisor for guidance in course selection, sequencing and scheduling.
- Financial Aid and Scholarships: Financial assistance and scholarship opportunities are available. All services are free and available on all Seminole State campuses.
- College Catalog: The Seminole State College Catalog can be obtained in the Admissions Office or viewed online.
- Additional information is available on the American Physical Therapy Association website.