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:

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


Physical Therapist Assistant


*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

The PTA program will be transitioning to an online application process for the class entering Fall 2015. The application period for this class will run from 1/12/15 - 3/1/15. 
The program does not utilize a wait list. Student must apply/reapply 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 link below for list of dates and times of upcoming sessions.

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

PTA Information Sessions

Effective March 1st 2015, attendance at a PTA information session will be good for a period of 2 years from the date of the session. Students wishing to apply to the program who attended sessions greater than 2 year from 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
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 PTA Program Student Handbook

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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.

CI’s 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.
  • 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 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013  Class of 2012
Number of Applicants 154 138 137 122
Class start size 24 24 21 21
Number of Graduates N/A 20 17 16
Graduation Rate N/A 83% 81% 76%
Graduate Employment Rate* N/A    N/A  100% 100%

FSBPT Exam Pass Rates. Data current as of 10/1/2014. Available at:

Graduation Years 2011-2013


* Graduate Employment Rate is the % of program graduates who were employed as PTAs within six months of passing the licensure examination

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