Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are skilled health care providers who work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Duties of the PTA include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs, teaching clients exercises and activities of daily living, performing treatments and reporting client responses to the physical therapist. In addition to direct patient care, the physical therapist assistant also performs functions such as patient transport, preparation for treatment 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, home health agencies, pediatric centers, schools, colleges and universities.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.capteonline.org
Program Director: Matthew Connell, MPT
*Effective with the Fall Term 2013: The Physical Therapist Assistant program will only be offered as an Associate in Science, (AS), degree after May 2014. Students admitted into the PTA program, effective fall 2013, must meet the requirements for the AS degree.
PTA Application Information
Program applications for fall 2014 will be accepted from January 6, 2014 to February 28, 2014.
Student must apply/reapply every year.There is no waiting list for the PTA program
PTA Information Session
NOTE: Attendance at an Information Session is mandatory to be considered for acceptance into the PTA program.
Links to Information about the PTA Program
PTA Program Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for information about the Physical Therapy profession
Click here to view the Admissions Requirements for the PTA Program
Click here to view the estimated program cost for 2012-2013
Click here to view the State College of Florida Health Professions Program Student Handbook
Click here to view the State College of Florida PTA Program Student Handbook
For CI's and CCCE's
Below is the link to the PTA Clinical Educator’s Handbook. Information regarding the clinical education program, course objectives, grading criteria and CI expectations can be found in this handbook.
Announcements and General Information
- Effective with the Fall Term 2013: The Physical Therapist Assistant program will only be offered as an Associate in Science, (AS), degree after May 2014. Students admitted into the PTA program, effective fall 2013, must meet the requirements for the AS degree.Students must take any Area II, AS Mathematics course to fulfill the general education requirements for the PTA program.
Effective with the Spring Term 2010: Students must take SPC 1608 Fundamentals of Speech Communication or ENC 1102 Written Communication II to fulfill the general education requirements for the PTA program.
- The cost of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program includes tuition and fees as listed under Financial Information. A laboratory fee is charged for each laboratory and clinical course. These fees cover laboratory supplies and liability insurance required by clinical agencies. In addition, approximately $50 is needed in the first Fall semester to purchase the clinical uniform to be worn in the laboratory/clinical area. Textbooks for the academic and PTA courses average approximately $1000 for the two years.
- Program brochures are available at the PTA Program department, Health Professions Division Office and the Student Services office at the Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice campuses.
Program Enrollment, Graduation and FSBPT Data
|Class of 2014||Class of 2013||Class of 2012||Class of 2011|
|Number of Applicants||138||137||122||104|
|Class start size||24||21||21||25|
|Number of Graduates||N/A||17||16||21|
|Graduate Employment Rate*||N/A||N/A||100%||100%|
* Graduate Employment Rate is the % of program graduates who were employed as PTAs within six months of passing the licensure examination
|FSBPT Data available at: www.fsbpt.org||SCF||National|
Exam Pass Rate
(Dates represent most current reported)