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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), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100  Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org   website: www.capteonline.org 

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

  Program Director:   Bruce Wassung, PTA, MSPH       

 

**Special Announcement**

General Education Requirement Change
Effective with the Occupational Therapy Assistant Class Starting in May 2023

On March 30, 2022, the State Board of Education approved revisions to Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code, Civic Literacy Competency. The amendment adds the civic literacy competency requirement as a condition of graduation for Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science (A.S./A.A.S.) degree programs.

With the rule amendment, all degree-seeking students will have to meet the civic literacy competency requirement, consistent with the new general education core requirements from House Bill 1507, which passed during the 2021 legislative session. Once effective, students entering A.S./A.A.S. degree programs in 2022-23 and thereafter will be required to demonstrate postsecondary civic literacy competency prior to graduation.

Based on this legislation, effective with the Occupational Therapy Assistant Class starting in May, 2023, students will be required to take either POS 1041 “American Government” or AMH 1020 “U.S. History 1877 to Present” in order to fulfill the new civic literacy competency requirement.

These courses replace the previously required general education courses, ENC1102 "Written Communication II" or SPC 1608 "Fundamentals of Speech" which no longer meet requirements for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.  Therefore, prospective students who have previously completed either of these courses as part of the general education requirements, will now need to successfully pass either POS 1041 or AMH 1020 to meet the new State civic literacy competency and the revised OTA Program requirements.

                 

Information for Prospective Students & PTA Applicants

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

If you still have questions please contact us at:

941-752-5346 or by emailing Judy Barber at BarberJ@SCF.edu 

                           

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" posted below.

 

If you still have questions please contact us at:

941-752-5346 or by emailing Judy Barber at BarberJ@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 tuition cost for 2022-2023

 

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 from  3/1/2023 - 6/1/2023 for the graduating class of 2025. Students will not be able to access, view, or complete the program application until the application period opens on March 1st, 2023. Students who are accepted will begin in the Fall of 2023 and will graduate Spring of 2025.

It is the responsibility of the Applicant 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.

Click here for instructions to apply to the PTA Program

 

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 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018
Total Applicants 91 100 131 139
Class Start Size 25 22 22 24
Total Graduates 22 15 15 18
Graduation Rate* 88.0% 75% 93.8% 89.5%
1st Time NPTE-PTA  Pass  Rate**         90.1%    93.3% 100.0% 94.4%
Employment Rate*** TBD 100% 100% 100%
Two-Year Graduation Rate* (2020-2021):  82.2%
Two-Year Ultimate NPTE-PTA Pass Rate** (2019-2020): 100%
Two-Year Employment Rate*** (2020-2021): 100%
*Graduation Rate is calculated utilizing CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report data and formula
**Pass rate data as reported on FSBPT Basic Pass Rate Report available at www.fsbpt.org
***Employment Rate is calculated by data obtained via Graduate Surveys and represents % of graduates who indicated they sought employment and were employed as PTAs within 6 months of becoming licensed as a PTA.

Information current as of November 2021

 

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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