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Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree

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    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.

    Features

    Program Curriculum

    Program Admissions

    Careers

    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.

    Outlook

    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 

    Opportunities

    • Assisted living facilities
    • General and rehabilitation hospitals
    • Higher education centers
    • Home health agencies
    • Orthopedic/sports rehabilitation clinics
    • Pediatric health centers
    • Public schools
    • Rehabilitation equipment companies
    • Skilled nursing facilities

    What You Will Learn

    • Diseases and problems commonly treated in physical therapy
    • The basics of therapies used, including therapeutic exercise, functional training and soft tissue massage
    • Legal and ethical responsibilities
    • Industry standards and safety regulations

    What You Need to Know

    • In order to be successful in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, you must be able to demonstrate essential student functions.
    • Liability and clinical accidental insurance must be obtained through the college for a fee.
    • Students admitted to this program must have a physical examination by a licensed physician or an advanced RN practitioner verifying satisfactory health status and a dental examination verifying oral health status prior to entrance into the first session of the program. This must include all immunizations, tests, and health verifications tests, and health verifications as specified within contractual agreements with affiliating agencies. This may be required on an annual basis at the discretion of the program director.
    • Program requirements are subject to change. Students should check with a counselor, advisor or the program director.
    • Students transferring from another Physical Therapist Assistant or other health-related program must be in good standing in such program. Exceptions will be handled by the Provost's Office at the Health Education Center.
    • Complaints generated from the community that fall outside of the college's due process may be reported to either PTA Program Director Dr. Kory Thomas, PT, DPT or Dean of Health Programs Dr. Richard Flora.

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    Program Outcomes

      • Graduation Rate of Last Two Graduating Classes: 68.9% (2015-2016)
        • Graduation Rate for 2013-14 Graduating Classes: 81.35%
         
        • Graduation rates are calculated by the program based on the percentage of students who matriculated in the first technical course in the program after the add/drop period and who completed the program. 
      • Performance on Licensure Examination: Overall passing rate of last two graduating classes: 100% (2015-2016)
        •  Overall Passing Rate for 2013-14 Graduating Classes: 100%
         
        • Licensure examination pass rates are based on results received from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (fsbpt). 
      • Employment Rate of Last Two Graduating classes: Data for 2016 is not yet available.
        • Employment Rate for 2013-15 Graduating Classes: 100%
         
        • Employment rates are based on self-reported data received from graduates, as well as supplemental data gathered by the program staff. 

    Accreditation

    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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org