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2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant [2022]

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Associate in Science Degree

(74 Credit Hours)

Program Director

Bruce Wassung

Program Goal

Graduates of the program will become physical therapist assistants (PTAs), who are skilled health care providers working under the supervision of a physical therapist. The PTA assists the physical therapist in implementing and performing treatment programs, teaching exercises and functional activities to improve the patient’s abilities and communicating the patient’s responses to the physical therapist.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the national Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy licensing examination to become a licensed physical therapist assistant.

The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation In Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, located at 1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. CAPTE’s phone number is (703) 706-3245.

Program Learning Outcomes

  •  Use knowledge and skills to provide optimal physical therapy services for culturally diverse clients throughout the lifespan.
    •  Assist the physical therapist in gathering assessment data through the use of interviewing skills, screening mechanisms, and testing procedures.
    •  Collaborate with the client, significant others, therapist, and other members of the health team to develop and individualized plan of care.
    •  Implement the plan of care correctly and safely, by engaging clients in prevention, treatment intervention, rehabilitation, and client and family education related to disability or dysfunction.
    •  Identify individual client needs and use available resources to assist in meeting those needs.
    •  Participate with the client, significant others, therapist, and other members of the health team in evaluating the individual’s progress toward meeting identified goals.
  •  Use the processes of communication, organization, and collaboration to assist in managing physical therapy services.
    •  Establish positive professional relationships in the health care setting.
    •  Use communication skills in interacting with clients and their significant others to foster the individual’s progress toward meeting identified goals.
    •  Communicate orally and document in writing, client responses to treatment interventions.
    •  Demonstrate effective management skills in planning and implementing physical therapy programs.
  •  Incorporate values and attitudes congruent with the profession’s standards and ethics.
    •  Maintain confidentiality of client information.
    •  Use the APTA Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist Assistant to guide professional practice.
    •  Follow the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.
    •  Assume responsibility for making professional decisions and practicing within the ethical and legal framework for the physical therapist assistant.
  • Use resources for continued personal and professional growth.

Program Entrance Requirements

  1. Earned grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better on ALL general education courses required by the program toward the degree and a required minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to meet graduation requirements.
  2. Satisfactory completion of any remedial coursework needed to be eligible for college level courses.
    NOTE: Prerequisite courses may be required for ENC 1101  and mathematics requirement. These prerequisites MUST be taken PRIOR to entry into PHT 1007C  to be eligible to take the required courses. Consult the course descriptions in the Catalog or the specific department of the College for additional information.
  3. Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better at the time of application to be considered for priority acceptance.
    Prerequisite courses:
    BSC 2085C - Anatomy and Physiology I  *
    BSC 2085L - Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 
    ENC 1101 - Written Communication I  *
    PSY 2012 - General Psychology  *
    Mathematics  Choose from Area II, A.S.  *
  4. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all courses applied to the PTA degree.
  5. A completed PTA Program application and payment of a one-time PTA Program application fee of $20. (A separate application is required for admission to the College.)

Upon acceptance, the following are required:

  1. A statement of satisfactory physical and mental health and a record of current serum titers or inoculations verifying immunity from communicable diseases from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. (Form will be provided upon acceptance to the program.)
  2. A criminal background check (form to be provided upon acceptance to the program) and drug screen.
  3. Successful completion of the Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider course offered through the American Heart Association.
  4. Mandatory attendance at the Physical Therapist Assistant Program orientation. (Date to be announced.)

Students are admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program ONCE a year in the Fall term. This is a limited enrollment program. Completion of all or part of the general academic coursework toward the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the program. However, priority is given to applicants who, at the time of application, have completed the most hours toward the degree and who submit their applications during the priority period. If there are more qualified applicants than available seats in the program, the GPA of the general education courses required by the program will be the determining factor. After the priority period, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. For additional program and admissions information, check the website

General Academic Courses

Students are encouraged to complete as many as possible of the general academic courses listed below PRIOR to entry into the program.

Subtotal Credit Hours: 26


* These courses MUST be completed PRIOR to entry into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

This program will require some classes to be taken at one campus location. Contact the department for specific details.

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.

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