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:   website: 

Please contact the program/institution directly, please call (941) 752-5346 or email  if you have any questions.

  Program Director:   Bruce Wassung, PTA, MSPH                                                   


COVID 19 Vaccination Statement

As a student enrolled in a Nursing & Health Professions Program, you will complete program requirements in various community-based health care facilities that may expose you to environmental hazards and infectious diseases such as but not limited to Tuberculosis; Hepatitis B; Measles, Mumps & Rubella; and COVID-19. As such, clinical facilities maintain specific health requirements for students to participate in clinical rotations, fieldwork experiences, practicum, and preceptorships.

While State College of Florida highly recommends that all students fully vaccinate against COVID-19, many clinical sites are mandating that their workforce, including students, be fully vaccinated to enter the work site, including to participate in clinical rotations, fieldwork experiences, practicum, and preceptorships necessary to meet degree requirements.

Based upon this new information, Nursing & Health Professions students not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may not meet the health requirements to enter clinical facilities utilized by the programs, and as such, may impact a student’s ability to complete program requirements, thus delaying progression in the program and/or result in a student being unable to complete the program.

SCF is highly recommending that every Nursing & Health Professions Student be vaccinated against COVID-19 to meet these clinical requirements similar to existing vaccination requirements for other communicable diseases. Inability to complete required clinical programming due to vaccination status may impact a student’s ability to complete program requirements, thus delaying progression in the program and/or result in a student being unable to complete the program.


Information for Prospective Students & PTA Applicants

To learn about the program please review the information on this website and watch our "virtual information session".

Applications are only accepted January 1 - March 1 for the Fall Semester.   See Below "How to Apply to PTA Program".

If you still have questions please contact us at:

941-752-5346 or by emailing Judy Barber at 


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 2021-2022


PTA "Virtual Information Session"

 A link to a "virtual information session" is provided below. Although not required, prospective students are encouraged to view the virtual session to learn more about the program. The virtual session will provide information about the profession, the student experience while in the program, information on how to apply to the program, and answer frequently asked questions.

> View Information Session


How to Apply to the PTA Program 

The next application period will open 1/1/2022 for the class of 2024. Students will not be able to access, view, or complete the program application until the application period opens on January 1st, 2022. Students who are accepted will begin in the Fall of 2022 and will graduate Spring of 2024.

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.

Clinical Instructor Handbook



Program Enrollment, Graduation, and Outcome Data

  Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Total Applicants 100  131 139 135
Class start size 23  22 24 23 
Total Graduates 15 15 18 16
Graduation Rate* TBD 93.8% 90% 80% 
Employment Rate** TBD  TBD 100% 100% 


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

First Time NPTE-PTA Pass Rate: (2018-2019): 97%

Two Year Ultimate NPTE-PTA Pass Rate: (2018-2019): 100%

 *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 1/3/2020


Notification on Professional Licensure (USDOE Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) and National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity (NC- SARA) : Current and prospective students for certain programs at State College of Florida (SCF) that lead to professional licensure and/or credential are hereby notified that SCF programs fulfill education requirements for specific professional licensure and/or certification required for employment in the intended occupation of the academic program, in the state of Florida. SCF has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements. Since the professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change, current and prospective students are strongly advised to determine whether courses and programs will meet the professional licensure requirements in states where they are located by contacting the appropriate licensing authority.


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

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