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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

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: accreditation@apta.org   website: www.capteonline.org 

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

 

 

Program Director:                                                                

Matthew Connell, MPT                                                     

                                                                                            

Information for Prospective Students & PTA Applicants

For information about the program please review the following information and attend a free information session. If you still have questions after attending an information session you can contact us at:

941-752-5346 or by emailing Norma Davies at DaviesN@SCF.edu 

 

About the Degree Offered:

Physical Therapist Assistant A.S.

 

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 2019-2020

 

About PTA Information Sessions

NOTE: Attendance at an Information Session is mandatory to be considered for acceptance into the PTA program. 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.  

 

How to Apply to the PTA Program 

The PTA program application period for the Class of 2021 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.

  

Information for Current PTA Students 

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

 

 

Information for Clinical Education Sites, CCCEs and CIs 

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 Outcome 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 15 18 16 23
Graduation Rate*  TBD 90% 80%  96%
Employment Rate**  TBD 100% 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 www.fsbpt.org

 *Graduation Rate is calculated utilizing the CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report data and formula.

**Employment Rate is calculated by data obtained via Graduate Surveys and represents % of graduates who indicate they sought employment and were employed as PTAs within one year of graduation. 

Information current as of 4/22/2019

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

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