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 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:   website: 

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (941) 752-5346 or email  

Program Director: Matthew Connell, MPT
Contact (941)752-5346



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PTA Application Information

Physical Therapist Assistant Program 2019 Application Instructions 

The PTA program application period for the Class of 2021 which begins during the Fall 2019 term has closed as of 3/1/19. Applicants will be notified in writing of an application decision no later than 6/1/2019.

The next application period will open 1/1/2020 for the class of 2022. Students will not be able to access, view or complete the program application until the application period opens on January 1st, 2020.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow the application instructions for the year to which they are applying.

Failure to follow all of the instructions will result in an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for acceptance. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all application directions are followed.

The program does not utilize a wait list. Students must apply every year. The PTA program is a limited enrollment program. Completion of all or part of the application requirements does not guarantee acceptance.


PTA Information Session

NOTE: Attendance at an Information Session is mandatory to be considered for acceptance into the PTA program. Click the link below for a list of dates and times of upcoming sessions.

All Information Sessions will be held at the Bradenton campus location in building 28.

PTA Information Session Dates 

Attendance at a PTA information session will be good for a period of 2 years from the date of the session. All students wishing to apply to the program who attended sessions greater than 2 years prior to the date of the application deadline will be required to attend another information session to be eligible for acceptance. 


Links to Information about the PTA Program 

PTA Program Frequently Asked Questions

PTA Curriculum Plan

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 2018-2019

Click here to view the State College of Florida PTA Program Student Handbook 

For CIs and CCCEs

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.

CIinical Instructor Handbook


Program Enrollment, Graduation and FSBPT Data

  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Total Applicants  131 139 135 142
Class start size  22 24 23  24
Total Graduates  TBD 18 16 23
Graduation Rate*  TBD 90% 80%  96%
Employment Rate**  TBD TBD 100%  100%


Two Year Ultimate NPTE-PTA Pass Rate: (2017-2018): 100%

Pass rate data as reported on FSBPT Basic Pass Rate Report available at

 *Graduation Rate calculated by CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report data and formula.

**Employment Rate calculated by 6-month Graduate Survey. Represents % of graduates who indicate they are working as a PTA within 6 months of passing the NPTE-PTA.

Information current as of 10/29/2018

 For concerns pertaining to the PTA Program please use the following link: PTA Program Concerns

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