Among our graduates from 2012-2014:
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org
Helping people regain or attain the ability to walk and carry out daily activities can be very satisfying. As a physical therapist assistant, you're an integral part of a rehabilitation team that helps patients improve their quality of life by restoring physical function or preventing permanent disability.
Our program prepares you to become a physical therapist assistant.
You can find more information through Career One Stop and Florida's Labor Market Statistics Center.
Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 46 percent through
2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. This soaring demand is due in part
to an increasing aging population, particularly baby boomers who are staying more active later
in life than previous generations.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2016 (510)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
Dr. Kory Thomas, Program Director, (727) 341-3612
Transferable to a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.
This program begins every August. All Physical Therapist Assistant courses (PHT course prefix) are offered only at the Health Education Center at 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park.
Due to the time-intensive nature of the PTA program courses, it is highly recommended that students complete as many of the general education and support courses as possible prior to entry into the program. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application. It is recommended that all students applying to the PTA program see a counselor or advisor at the Health Education Center.
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.
If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.
Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
These courses must be completed prior to applying to the PTA Program:
BSC 2085 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I (3 credits)
BSC 2085L HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY I (1 credit)
PHI 1600 - ETHICS or (Honors) (3 credits)
HSC 1531 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I (2 credits)
Computer/Information Literacy Competency Requirement
Grade of "C" or higher required for BSC 2085/L in order to progress to the first term of the PTA Program.
Applicants must also complete 24 hours of observation in two different physical therapy settings (inpatient and outpatient).
Cohorts are admitted in the fall with applications accepted from March 1 - May 15 .
All Physical Therapist Assistant courses (PHT) are taken at the Health Education Center, 7200 66th St. N, Pinellas Park, FL.
Due to the time-intensive nature of the PTA Program courses, it is highly recommended that you complete as many of the general education and support courses as possible before entering the program.
Grade of "C" or better required in all courses.
Successful completion (78%) of a comprehensive program exam given at the end of the second year.
Completion grade of comprehensive exam changed from 75% to 78% per Richard Flora (2/12/2016).
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
SUPPORT COURSESEthics (Complete 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSESPsychology (Select 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSESAnatomy and Physiology (Complete 8 credits)
SUPPORT COURSESComputer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 course)
SUPPORT COURSESComplete 5 credits
MAJOR CORE COURSES1st Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSES2nd Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSES3rd Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSES4th Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSES5th Term in Program
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