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 Physical Therapist Assistant 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 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).
Students 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 physical therapy clinics. To gain exposure or experience, students should contact the chief of the physical therapy 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.
- A Physical Therapy Experience Form must be completed and signed by the supervising physical therapist or physical therapist assistant from each facility.
- An experience form signed by a non-PT or non-PTA does not meet this criterion.
For both first-time applicants as well as individuals re-applying to the program, at least 20 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.
Take the TEAS® test and score at least 59% Adjusted Individual Total Score.
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 between February 1-28*.
A completed application packet contains all the forms needed to apply to the PTA Program. Please review the Selection Process prior to submitting your application. Students must submit application at the Altamonte Springs Campus or via US mail. All items in this packet must be submitted together to:
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Seminole State College of Florida
850 S. State Road 434, Room A-303
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
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.